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:
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.
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.
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.
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?