9 Reasons Every Woman Should Shave Her Head

When I was a teenager I went against my parents rules and got a bi-hawk, which is like a mohawk but there are two rows of hair.

It was during March break in grade 10 and I was spending the week between my cousin’s house and our friend’s house when I decided to just go for it. I booked a hair appointment and later that day walked down to the salon with my group of friends and a picture of a really cute girl sporting her own bi-hawk. Safely hidden at my aunt and uncle’s home and a clubhouse where we spent more nights then I can remember, I was free to fan my six inches of awesomeness.

Of course, when I finally did return home a week later my parents flipped out. My mom made another hair appointment for the following weekend and my beautiful locks were doomed to die at just two weeks old. But something else exciting happened, I got a chelsea in it’s place.

Started by the skinhead movement in the 1980’s, the chelsea haircut is quite beautiful with the back shaved or buzzed and a fringe in the front.

I’ll never forget that day, the excitement of watching my hair fall to the floor and then, finally, the sound of the clippers buzzing away what was left in neat little rows. I kept my head buzzed for years, alternating it between a cute bob, then shaving it again into a chelsea. Finally, after growing it out for a few months I got the urge to just take it all off and I did.

I think every woman has thought of shaving their hair off at least once in their life. I know that when I went around bald and proud, women of every age and style would come up to me to admire and compliment not only my bold hairstyle but my bravery. When you have no hair on your head, there’s nothing to hide behind, your entire face is out in the open and there’s something about that that just made me feel good.

So, I feel that every woman should shave their head at least once in their life and here’s why:

1. Confidence

A lot of people fear that having no hair will make them feel too exposed or “ugly” but I know from experience that is not true!

I’ve always had bangs because I’m self conscious of my larger forehead, and I’ve always worried that having a shaved head would emphasize that. Well, once I got over the shock of not having anything to cover my forehead with, I found myself feeling a lot more confident. I walked taller, I talked more freely with strangers and I felt really good about myself. There’s a sense of power that comes with having a buzzed head.

2. Low-Maintenance

I think the obvious benefit is not having to spend time fixing up your hair! It seriously saves you so much time in the mornings or getting ready to go out when you don’t have long hair to fuss around with. Plus, it gives you extra time and attention to play around with your make-up and wardrobe.

As a bonus tip, if you’re going to sport a bald head make sure to add some girly flair to your overall style with some sexy outfits and gorgeous accessories.

3. Save Money

You save quite a bit of money by not spending a fortune on hair products, shampoo and hair dye when you have a shaved head. No more hairspray, pomade, serum, conditioner, dry shampoo … etc. etc.

4. Healthy Hair

Say goodbye to your dead ends, frizz and kinks and hello to new, healthy hair. If you’re like me and you enjoy experimenting with your hairstyles and hair colours you’re bound to cause some serious damage. Shaving your head can help you start fresh!

Plus, when it does start to grow in you can finally see what your natural hair colour is again! I was shocked to learn my hair is still blonde.

5. Donate

If you already have healthy hair you can donate it to make wigs. I know of a lot of wonderful people out there who do this frequently and it’s such an amazing gift to people who can’t grow their own hair.

6. Fundraising

Speaking of donations, you can shave your hair off to raise money. This style of fundraising is done quite often because it works! Start a fundraiser by raising money leading up to your public head shave and your co-workers or classmates are bound to help out.

7. Perfect for Summer

Having no hair in the summer is just about perfect: you can swim without worrying about chlorine or wacky beach hair, it doesn’t stick to the back of your neck when it’s hot, hats and helmets can’t leave your hair flat and awkward and

8. Different Lengths

Finally, when you are ready to grow your hair out again, you get the added benefit of trying out different hairstyles at different lengths. Once you get a couple of inches, you can get it trimmed into a cute pixie, then a bob, a layered shoulder length hair-do and so on. It’s really a lot of fun growing your hair out. Even during those awkward lengths you can play with different styles!

9. It Feels Awesome!

And of course, buzzed heads just feel really cool! I mean literally feel, with your hands, as in touch. After you shave your head you’ll want to rub it all the time!

It’s been a long time since I’ve shaved my head. Now I’m on a new hair adventure and for the first time in years I’ve actually grown my hair long. It’s now down my back. But I’ll always daydream of those blissful days when I had no hair and it was fucking awesome! (Sorry, but using the f bomb was the only way to describe that effectively.)

Have you ever shaved your head fully or partially? What did you like best about it?

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44 Comments

  1. I had bouts of alopecia when I was younger until we discovered I had celiac and haven’t had an issue since. However, while pregnant with my first son I grew tired of the upkeep of my hair while on bedrest and I went and had it buzzed off. I didn’t completely shave it, but had about a half-inch of hair left and I can honestly say it helped my confidence a lot!

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      I’m sorry to hear you have had issues and were on bed rest. I’m so happy to hear buzzing your head helped with your confidence, though! That’s amazing!

  2. I have never shaved my head, but I did chop it big time and donate to charity. It’s a pretty cool way to help out.

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      That’s awesome! I have a few friends who do that regularly.

  3. I wish I was brave enough to even chop it – I feel like so much of my identity is tied up in my hair and that is just ridiculous. Perhaps it’s time for a change. I would imagine shaving it would feel f-ing awesome! 😉

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      I think a lot of people feel the same way, so maybe it’s not ridiculous? Lol, actually my friend just donated her hair and had a difficult time accepting her shorter hair.

      Shaving it off felt really awesome for me, and I’d totally do it again at some point! But, everyone is different 🙂

  4. I’ve shaved mine twice now. Best thing I ever did. Highly recommend it to everybody. For all the reasons above. So true.

  5. Love this article. I have had my head shaved for about three years now, usually right down to nothing! I was very nervous at first, but I felt so liberated and confident after I did it. I think others really noticed that too, which led to more positive attention from others as well. I think everyone should try a buzz cut!

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      I do, too! I couldn’t believe how confident I felt! And the strangest thing was, a lot of guys really liked it, too, which I did not expect (or want ha ha!). But it totally surprised me because so many people think the opposite.

  6. victoria lobo Reply

    I would love ti be shaved bald.what hair salon will do it. I went to one that cut my hair in a supershort pixie.they would not shave me bald.I want to be shaved bald for new years eve party.

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      I shaved my head myself, it’s pretty easy if you have the right clippers. Otherwise, I don’t know why a hairstylist would refuse to? I’ve had my head shaved at salons, too, and I have had hairstylists who were nervous, like I might freak out afterwards, but they always did it after I seemed very adamant about it. If it’s something you really want to try, go for it!

  7. I just shaved my head 2 days ago. Although it was because I was kinda heartbroken and I regret it at the first touch of shaver, I feel great now 🙂
    As Coco Chanel said : A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      I regretted shaving my head at first, too, and also felt great afterwards. It’s such an amazing experience!

  8. Hi Cole, I am very much confused and i don’t know what to do. I am 24 years old. I have a problem of Hair Loss as well as lots of Dandruff. My hair becoming thin day by day and seeing losing them, I feel like going for bald. Should I really do it? Can you tell how much time it took to get your hairs down your shoulders?

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      Deciding whether to shave your head or not is a choice you have to make for yourself. I know that I personally loved having a shaved head! I shaved my head in May and it wasn’t until around Christmas time that it grew to a nice bob cut, but I often trimmed my hair. They say a person’s hair grows an average of half an inch every month. I also used to wear wigs that looked very realistic and only my friends and family knew that it wasn’t my real hair. So that’s always a good option, too, if you feel like you want to shave your head and then maybe don’t like it that short. I’m sorry to hear that you have a problem with hair loss, and I hope you are able to find a solution that makes you feel beautiful, whether you decide to shave your head or not!

  9. Firstly, Happy New Year Cole. Thank you so much for your reply, I liked what you said and I have decided that I’ll first consult hair specialist and then I’Il decide what to do. I’ll convey you what I’ll be deciding. Thanks again.

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      That sounds like a great plan! You’re welcome 🙂

    • Hi Ashwini, I am roshni I have the same problem , hair loss I am loosing my confidence. how did you proceed with this problem, will shaving the head will get us the previous thickness hair?
      Please respond to me.

  10. why should u shave your head i leterly just shaved my 5 minutes ago i feel so stuped for doing it

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      I’m sorry to hear that! When I first shaved my head I was upset afterwards for a little while but eventually grew to love it. Shaving your head can definitely be rewarding, but it’s a decision that should be thought out before doing.

  11. I have sported a buzz cut for about 7 years now. At first it is a shock but you grow into it. I wouldn’t wear my hair any other way now. My hubby says that he thinks it is sexy, go figure (married 43 yrs.) . So life goes on but not in the bathroom styling my hair for an hour !!! ; )

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      Ha ha nice! I really miss not having to style my hair every day! I think a lot of men find it sexy, oddly enough. So many people think that men won’t find having a buzz cut attractive but I got way more compliments from men when I did have a buzz cut.

  12. I first had a very short buzzcut in 2001, I then grew it out when I changed jobs. However, I always had the urge to cut it off again. About 5 years ago I did just that, I just kept getting shorter and shorter with the clippers. I had never gone past a #4 before, but this time I did a #3, then a #2 and then a #1. It was exhilarating. I then had the urge to shave it completely bald, well, whilst it was so short anyway, it seemed a very short distance to go! I love the bald look, but I don’t like the feel of it. I have done it since, but usually regret it. So I currently have a #1 platinum blonde ‘do’. I love it, I love the feel of it, and the ease of it. I think once you have had the clippers on your head, and felt the sensation, you tend to do it again. I don’t want to grow my hair out anymore, I feel of an age where I should be able to do as I please 🙂

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      Totally! I agree, that I much prefer having a buzz cut rather than shaving it down completely. I think a platinum blonde buzz would look amazing! We should all be able to do as we please 😀

  13. I have always wanted to shave my head, badly. However, my high school classifies a shaved head as an extreme haircut for women and therefore I’m unable to shave it all off. It really upsets me that i can’t do this, because i feel that having hair isn’t who i am and being forced to have hair is as bad to me as being forced to like boys in primary school by my teachers and peers.

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      OMG that is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. I can’t believe they have a say in that? A lot of school have stupid dress codes. I hope you can someday try it, when the time is right!

  14. I’ve wanted to for quite some time. My family has a lot of breast cancer issues and I want to do it to support them. My neighbor just found out she has breast cancer and is undergoing chemo. I want to support her by shaving my head. However, my husband does not want me to. I think he feels uncomfortable about the whole me having no hair idea. I don’t want to make him uncomfortable, but I want to buzz it so bad!

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      I think it’s really nice that you want to support those who have breast cancer by shaving your head. My husband was NOT happy at all when I first shaved my head but he got used to it and it didn’t bother him as much as we thought it would. I’m also a little rebellious, so him not wanting me to only made me want to more lol. Choosing to shave your head should be your choice though. Maybe start with a shorter hairstyle? Work your way up to having no hair so it’s not quite as much a dramatic change.

  15. Jenny walters Reply

    Yes I also have always wanted very short buzzed hair but never been brave enough to go lower than a grade 3. I keep getting a great urge to go for a grade 1 or complete head shave.

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      Even having a buzzed head is a lot of fun! I did it on a whim, and buzzed it as short as I could. It grew back really fast though, so even if you do decide to completely shave it, it’ll only be shiny bald for like a day or two, and then within a couple weeks it’ll be all fuzzy again haha

  16. I’m 60 yrs old and shaved my head 4 days ago🙃 I have always wanted to. I wanted to simplify my routine. My hair was not long, but I was sick of it. I really like it shaved. Some of my friends think I’m crazy. , but in a good way. My kids got a kick out of it😊

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      That’s so awesome! Having it shaved is so much easier! Glad to hear you are enjoying, along with your kids and friends 🙂

  17. I have been thinking about buzzing it all off for a while now, doing my research and browsing pictures of others. I had always had a low self esteem I mean I am not ugly but I have always viewed myself as “average” and I’m scared this will make me feel worse about myself and I’ll regret it. My hair is already pretty short though. What do you think ? Will it help me get that boost of confidence ? I know it’s hard to say since you don’t know me but I want to get all the info I can. Btw I loved your article. You are very beautiful! With or without hair!

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      Thank you Sierra! Deciding whether or not to shave your head is kind of a hard decision, but I’m so happy I decided to do it. Just remember that your hair will grow back, and if you really hate it you can wear a wig ha ha! I had three different wigs I used to wear for fun when I was a teenager. Chances are though, you’ll enjoy having no hair!

  18. I’ve been dying my hair since I was like 15-16 years old and have no idea what my natural hair color is. I’ve wanted to shave my head for so long, but it was against the dress code at work. I got an undercut and it has just made me want a shaved head even more. Any tips to not freak out if I get it done?

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      To be honest, I totally freaked out after I shaved my head. It was a big shock even to myself, and it took a few days to get used to it, but then I loved it, no regrets. I think the best thing to do is just go for it!

  19. I really want to shave my head, because I have trichotillomania (an anxiety condition where I pull out my own hair) and I’ve been suffering from bald spots for a long time. I think it would be so easy for me to shave my head and then sometimes just wear wigs whenever I feel like being fancy…but at the same time my bald spots would look weird compared to the buzzed spots… any advice?

  20. I shave my head every so often when its hot, I am tired of having hair, or I feell a change in my life/ I also keep my head bald or have stubble to minimize the outbreaks of the little scalp sores. I once went 2 plus years with a bald head, then grew it back. Now its shaved with stubble. Two months into this hot summer and I gave up.. I shaved it off one night and have had the best Sleep iin ages! I am shaving it clean again sometime this week! I dont care what people think,, I am not hot with all of that hair, I think it looks great, and it feels awesome! Cheers!

  21. Shaved mine a couple of days ago, I had wanted to do it for ages but I also did it for charity. I raised loads of money for cancer. I do not regret it at all, I will grow it out but I also really love it. One down side was meeting people I know who did not know I was doing it and who I had not seen for a bit. Some folk thought I was ill which I feel sorry about as this is not the case but of curse some people are.

  22. Hi,
    I am 30yrs old and I am facing severe hair loss since my 2nd pregnancy. I thought of shaving it completely but my question is hair growth will be similar as it was in childhood or it will take time for the growth of new hair.

    • Hi Pallabi.. I have noticed thru successive shavings the hair comes back soft and similar to my childhood hair. It will take time to come back but in your case, its hard to tell! I hope this helps a little bit 🙂

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