The Washington Times - August 31, 2009, 07:56AM

People increasingly are cutting their own hair to save money, if not their looks, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.

High-priced salons have taken a hit as more patrons go the do-it-yourself route, but they are seeing a surge in work to correct the mistakes in coloring and cutting that amateur hairdressers often make.

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Do-it-yourself endeavors can be a good gauge for the state of the economy. First comes do-it-yourself car washing, then do-it-yourself hair cutting. You know the economy is tanking when do-it-yourself root canals become the rage.

There are no statistics on the number of people who are cutting their own hair during this economic downturn. But I have noticed a lot more people sporting the “bowl cut.” Most of them should have used a bigger bowl.

The one thing to remember when cutting your own hair is that every mistake can be covered up — by shaving your head.