One of the things I’m asked most about lately (with regard to fashion/style/aesthetics, anyway) is my new ‘do. After having braved the head shave in March for St. Baldrick’s, I have to say that I’m really enjoying the whole ‘having no hair’ look. Ironically, I’ve gotten more compliments on the ‘basically bald’ look than I have any other haircut, dye job, blowout or complicated style that I’ve paid through the nose for in the past… go figure!
Having super short hair has also forced me to put my face out there every day. I can’t hide behind my hair anymore like I’d attempted to do in the past. Back 10+ years ago when I was heavier, I would wash, style and wear my curly hair down every day in an attempt to hide my fuller face and double chin. Even during the summer, I wore my hair pulled back pretty rarely because I hated the idea of people seeing my face straight on, without the protective curtain of a mass of hair.
Pre-shave, I’ll freely admit that I was a bit apprehensive of the potential outcome: what if my head is a really weird shape? What if I absolutely hate it and have to wait a long time for it to grow back out? Fortunately it worked out: I love the new look so much that I’ve shaved my head again twice (!) to have it grow back out to the short length that I like. Having the shave coincide with the summer months in Texas was pretty fortuitous: honestly I can’t imagine going back to having a head covered in thick, curly hair when it’s over 100 degrees outside.
So am I sticking with the buzzed ‘do? For now. The photo above was just taken yesterday after I had my head buzzed again at the Bird’s Barbershop on South Lamar (the Slurpee was purchased afterwards as a reward for successfully adulting on my lunch break). I’m in the wedding of a good friend towards the end of September, so my plan is to grow it back out until then, and then assess how I’m feeling about it and take it from there. It’s nice to know that I can up and change my look on a dime: perhaps it’s getting older that did it, but I find myself caring a whole lot less about what others may think about what I look like and am putting a lot more stock in how I feel about it. It’s a liberating feeling, and in a significant way, I feel like the shaved head is my new trademark.It’s a way of my improved self-image physically manifesting itself, and it’s a look that I’m proud of.
I’m still a huge advocate of all women doing this: I’m saving so much time and money that the convenience alone was well worth taking the plunge. As an added bonus, The Boy likes it too!
Thinking about braving the shave? I’d love to talk to you about it, so please get in touch!