Flowbee Review & Hack: How to Cut a Long Layered Haircut (2019)

January 26th, 2019 § 0 comments § permalink

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YES, the Flowbee is My Haircutting Tool!

Flowbee is a really old vacuum haircutting system not targeted for haircuts for girls with long hair. Flowbee works great for short haircuts for women, men, kids and pets.  If long layered hair or long haircuts for women is what you want, stick with me.

I got my Flowbee from my dad and he bought it between the 80’s and 90’s. The video I made below is to share with you Flowbee’s pros, cons and how I hacked the Flowbee to cut long layered hair. I wanted to share how you can cut your own hair with ease, no experience needed. You can use this method to cut really short or really long layers up to 15″. I have been cutting my own hair for the past 8 years with consistent good results.

Worth the Effort to Hack the Flowbee

With all the flaws the Flowbee has I can see why it’s not very appealing. If Flowbee did some design adjustment to secure the spacers and reduce gaps to maintain suction, reduce the noise level, and maybe a self-sharpening blade, I am sure a lot more people would be convinced to use it.

Good thing it only takes earplugs, tape and 1/2hr of time for the hack setup.  If you don’t have the system you do need to invest some money to buy the system. The system will more than pay for itself in due time. It’s been worth it for me, I only spent less than $40 dollars on extra spacers and oil. I have used it since 2010 and my dad used it when he was young. It’s been through two generations. Once you have it set up, your haircuts will be a breeze. I have not found anything that works better and easier than the Flowbee yet.

A Vacuum Haircutting System is a Great Investment

According to a google search, a girl’s haircut average to $43 and girls get their hair trimmed every 12 weeks and get a haircut every 6-8 weeks. Guys haircuts average to $28 and get a haircut every 3-6 weeks. There’s 52.1429 weeks in a year.

Girls Haircut Cost Estimate:

52.1429/12wk=4.345 trims/yr *$43 = $186.85/yr *10yrs = $1,868.45/10yrs

52.1429/6wk= 8.69 cuts/year *$43 = $373.69/yr*10yrs= $3,736.91/10yrs

Guys Haircut Cost Estimate:

52.1429/3wk = 17.38cuts/yr*$28 = $486.67/yr*10yrs = $4,866.67/10yrs

52.1429/6wk = 8.69 cuts/yr)*28 = $243.33/yr * 10yrs = $2,433.34/10yrs

My haircuts averaged from $38 to $50 in Asian salons back in 2010 so I have more then recovered what I put in. If I had 6 cuts per year and if the price for my haircut stayed at $38 dollars per cut, in the past 8 years I would have spent $1,824 not including tips. My savings is for one person, imagine what a family could save.

As time passes by haircuts always goes up. Around 2002 – 2008 my friend’s haircuts were about $20 dollars but for me it was $28 dollars because I have super thick hair. I was upset I had to pay more. Prices spiked up to $30 dollars the next year and for me it was $38. My haircuts were always about $8 dollars more. Plus tips brings the cost closer and closer to $50 dollars per haircut. I have no idea how much a haircut would cost me now.

I can’t remember when was the last time I went to the salon. The Flowbee is pretty much a guaranteed money saver and success for me.

Flowbee Prices Going Up

If you are interested in investing in a vacuum haircutting system, definitely explore the options out there to suit your needs.  If you want to buy the Flowbee, I would suggest getting it on amazon for free shipping. The Flowbee website shipping cost seems a bit crazy.

Flowbee layered haircut with one set of attachments.

7.5″  Flowbee layered haircut with one set of attachments.

Here’s the research I did for the Flowbee vacuum haircutting system in 2014 when I got extra spacers & oil from Amazon.

2019 prices have gone up. Flowbee Haircutting System + Extra Rubber Vacuum Adapter) – $139.95.  I suggest getting the one with extra vacuum adapter. The one sold without the extra vacuum adapter is the same price. The original vacuum adapter broke since my dad’s era, but there’s nothing duct tape won’t fix. If you have an extra vacuum you won’t need to ripe the tape out every time you need to clean the house.

Conclusion: I Love my Vacuum Hair Trimmer

It’s nice to have total control of my time and hairstyle I choose without worrying about messing up. My favorite function is no hair clean up. I recently dared to cut a super short pixie after years of having long hair. Short hairstyle is really liberating and super easy to maintain. Now, I love short hair. I have lots of fun cutting different hairstyles by myself and hope you will too. Here’s other haircutting methods I have tried cutting my hairs with.

Short Pixie Flowbee Haircut

1-1.5″ Flowbee Pixie Haircut

Henna Preparation: Save Time & Money, 1 box of henna 4-9 Application

January 20th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

My Love and Hate for Henna

For those of you who henna your hair regularly know it’s a pain to prepare henna and you can’t just color your hair on a whim because you have to prepare it and wait for the color to release. It takes hours of preparation, coloring is messy and doing dishes afterwards is not fun. But henna is the only thing that can color my whites. It makes my hair shinny and soft. It also doesn’t have any chemical smell or chemicals in it at all. 100% natural. What else can I ask for? MAKE THE PROCESS FASTER!!! I don’t like it sitting in my hair the whole day and it dripping all over me, the floor and coloring everything it touches! I have better things to do…maybe 😛

For all Lazy Henna Geniuses

I’ve shrunk the henna preparation process to once for multiple applications. It’s been working really well for me. This way of preparing henna ensures you have proper color release to effectively color your hair.  Once henna is prepared properly you can color your whites in an hour otherwise it could take up 4hrs to overnight to get color to stick to your hair.

I have used henna for over 10 years experimenting with other henna color combinations but have gravitated towards simply using 100% henna on my hair. It’s easier and simplifies the henna process. This method will stretched every box of organic henna you buy and save money and time in the long run. I have prepared a video below to show you my perfected approach in preparing henna once and splitting & storing color released henna for multiple uses at any time you wish. This approach is especially great for small rushed and last minute touch ups or full head coverage.

The Reason Why I Love Light Mountain’s Red Henna

I’ve been using Light Mountain’s 4oz Henna in Red consistently for the past few years and loving it.

  • It’s a non-toxic way to color hair
  • It’s organic
  • It’s 100% henna, nothing added.
  • It’s available at my local health food store.

Light Mountain's Red Henna

Henna Preparation – Henna Hair Roots in Half Time (Save Time & Money)

color released henna on a napkin

Henna color release is complete when you see an orange stain on the napkin.

What are your tips to preparing henna? Comment below. Enjoy!

Easy Braids Inspired by Chinese Dramas

February 3rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

In this easy braids hairstyle tutorial I will show you how to braid a pair of cute braids inspired by Chinese dramas. Braiding hair this way creates two braids that are both traditional and trendy at the same time. These braids could be styled in retro, modern, or cosplay hairstyles. There’s endless possibilities. I had fun with this hair challenge. I hope you will have fun experimenting! These braids are perfect for Chinese New Year!

DIY Natural Looking Fake Bangs: From stiff to soft bangs

September 24th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Hi everyone, I finally got my fake bangs to look right. I am really excited to share it with you. If you have a deep desire for bangs like me but…

1) You have wires for hair
2) You don’t want to wait for it to grow back

Then play with this idea, it may turn your broom into a cute little side swept bang. All you need is a comb, hair pins, plastic ties and some water.

Two day hairstyles in one: Twisted braids & Soft wavy curls

July 7th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

I have always admired the girls in Korean dramas. They have really diverse, cute and romantic looking hairstyles. In my opinion I look pretty fobbish (fresh of the boat) with the regular braids. So I thought I’d give it a twist instead of the regular braid. To my surprised, twisting a braid turned out a lot easier and more stylish. The added benefit of this hairstyle are fun wavy curls that I’ve always wanted. If you have hair like mine, straight as a stick and have been mistaken for straightening your hair, you’ll know how hard it is to produce lasting curls without heat. You will love how easy and fast these two hairstyles are. Great for lazy days. You almost do nothing for the curls. People will think you spent hours on your hair.

Direction: Day 1 – Twisted braids

  • Dampen hair 80-90%
  • Separate hair in half
  • Separate hair in half again, twist strands two towards the front
  • Twist the two strands to the back and pull tightly
  • Tie and repeat on the other side

Direction: Day 2 – No heat, Soft wavy curls

  • Sleep with braids on
  • Untie hair
  • Separate hair with hand (DO NOT COMB)
  • Optional: Style and spray with hair products if desire

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