In general I don't like to pay others to perform services I can do myself. For example, I would never pay $40 for someone to cut my grass. It takes me 20 minutes and I enjoy the exercise.
One of the services I've never been able to do myself is cutting my own hair. This is something I just can't stand paying to have someone else do. Most of my life I've used one of the chain stores (in Birmingham the big chain is Head Start, a Regis brand). They raise their prices just about every year and now it costs something like $17.95 for a haircut. I just don't see the value. Most of the time, the stylist's hands wreak of cigarettes, so I have to smell that the entire time, plus I have to wash the smell from my hair afterwards. The quality of the cut is hit or miss, and the fact that it takes between 5-10 minutes to cut my hair is probably a reason.
I experimented with a hair school but the nearest one is 13 miles from the house. Head Start offered some great coupons for about 3 months this summer ($8 cuts), but now the price has gone back up.
So, just before heading out to my conference in Las Vegas, I had my partner cut my hair. Unfortunately, due to inexperience, things got messy, and I ended up with a military cut. I suppose it doesn't look bad, but this is the first time I've been mostly without hair.
But, hey, it was free. That's $20 (after tip) that I can use to pay down some debt.