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What You Should Buy In A Crisis That No One Bought

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Everyone is buying toilet paper, food, water, home office supplies, even condoms. With everything people have been saying there is one particular thing I am surprised no one is buying. Hair cutting tools. I constantly hear of YouTubers showing their crazy hair and apologizing for not being able to go to the barber due to the Coronavirus.

First, the lockdowns only started in mid January, in China. Everywhere else the earliest the lockdowns started in February. Men typically go to the barber every 2 months and women go to the barber every 4 months. Chances are you did not need a barber during the lockdown. Second, in the words of the most manly TV character ever: “are the scissors broken in your house, son?”

You can trim your hair with almost any pair of scissors. Albeit, it is hard to cut your hair properly with scissors meant to cut paper. Take a look at some disaster cuts people have made without the right tools much less a professional. Considering the fact that most people do not own a screwdriver, a simple tool, I highly doubt most Americans own a set of barber scissors. Luckily, my wife is an experienced hair stylist (although she only cuts her own hair and mine). She does work with the best hair and barber supplies though. In this post I will explain what barber supplies you need to rock your hair without the professional cost.

Barber Shears

Sure any scissors could work, same as any car could work or any form of sustenance could support you. Our economy would be incredibly boring if tools were purely multi-use and impersonal. While there are many forms of scissors, nothing can replace the precision of barber shears.

Barber shears are balanced and sharp to allow for precise cuts on even the most delicate hair. With these shears you can start to learn how to cut like a professional barber. In addition, barber shears are incredibly durable. With the right sharpener, these shears will outlast even the most durable cars. When you are either out of money or locked inside, barber shears are what you should buy in a crisis.


While barber shears are inexpensive and incredibly reliable, they are only as good as the barber, experienced or not. Let’s face it, if you are just starting out, you would be lucky to trim around your ears well. If only there was a machine in which could cut hair quickly, with a particular style.

Oh wait, there are. Hair clippers. However, it is worth mentioning that these only work for short hair. That is why they are usually advertised for men. You do not need much experience with hair clippers. And if you mess up, you can always clip down to a tenth an inch of hair. As my father-in-law said, “you only need the hair if you have an ugly head to hide.” I don’t necessarily believe that, but you never know how you would look bald until you try, you may have a beautiful head ready to shine onto the world.

Every man should buy hair clippers in a crisis. My personal choice: Conair. They can be easily cleaned, never snagged when me and the missus used them for cutting, and they are durable. My hair is thick. When my wife uses these Conair clippers goes through my hair like a hot knife through butter. My wife only needs to turn it on for a minute and the hair that comes off becomes the quickest pound I will ever lose (hopefully).

Razor Combs

You may only need to buy the basics including shears and clippers in a crisis. However, there is much more you could do for your hair. One item my wife uses for her hair is a razor comb. These will not only trim hair but make it slightly thinner. My wife pointed out how it makes her hair tips more feathery. I don’t know about that, but her hair looks great.

At Home Haircuts Save And Make Money

Haircuts cost money. The average man spends $154.44 and the average woman spends $257.42 for haircuts every year. If invested in lieu of spending on a haircut in the S&P 500 that will be $32,000 – $53,000 within 40 years. Sure maybe you like going to the barber, but don’t let the virus be the the excuse for having unruly hair. It’s much more because you know no one will see you nor really care.

And haircuts make you money. What do you think is one of the first things your potential employer notice? Your hair. I could not find any solid data, but some business experts do observe that hair has an effect on hire rates. Like it or not appearance probably has more to do with whether you get hired or not than your degree, maybe even your experience. If you want to keep your job much less find another after this crisis you need to take care of your hair.

I know technically it is illegal to hire based off dress codes much less haircuts under the Civil Rights Act. But if you truly believe that you would just show up to an interview in torn and stained pants and a tee shirt. That is the stupidest thing you could try to get a job. If appearances never matter practically every sales position or job requiring any skills in selling would be pointless. If you want a job after this crisis, especially a new one, you want a decent haircut.

Final Thoughts

If you want to prepare for a crisis having a home office and 300 rolls of toilet paper won’t hurt. However, with the amount of people reporting having bad hair it may be time you should buy some hair cutting supplies during a crisis.

Cutting your hair with the right equipment can allow you to look good no matter what world crisis you are facing. Furthermore, learning how to cut your hair right can save you a few dollars in the long run and make you more likely to land that job interview.

Author: Papa Foxtrot

Most of my life I was careful with money and learned where I should invest it. I was very lucky to have parents who taught me financial literacy when I was young. Unfortunately, I am very lucky because many people lack the financial literacy I know. The purpose of Forge Your Wealth is to teach people who are just starting out in life how to obtain their wealth or anyone who just realized they may need to learn more to handle their finances. I currently have a PhD in biochemistry, just started a job in industry (will not disclose where exactly for personal and professional reasons) and am currently married to the love of my life. I am one of the lucky few people in America who graduated with no student debts, my wife was not. Over the series of a little over 3 years we paid for our wedding with no debt and paid off her federal student loans.

1 thought on “What You Should Buy In A Crisis That No One Bought

  1. Interesting post. All of what you say is true. The best investment I made was buying a Wahl Clipper kit in November. I cut my own hair now and have never looked back. It definitely saves money. Nice write up.

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