Earlier this year, I shaved my head just after my 21st birthday. Having sported an undercut for over two years, I was no stranger to a pair of clippers or comments about my head getting cold on one side.
However, I knew that going from hair that fell over my bust to nothing would be a drastic change. And there’d be a lot more to it than simply looking more like your dad than your mum.
I wasn’t prepared for the continuous questioning from older family members asking “why did you cut it all off?” or begging me to grow it out as quickly as possible. I also didn’t realise that if I wanted to steal Sasha Velour’s boiled egg chic, I’d end up spending the next three days feeling like I had bad, itchy sunburn. I laughed out loud when I realised that a week’s worth of growth turns your head into a fluff magnet.
But what I totally wasn’t prepared for was somehow becoming the everyday face of an upcoming trend.
Got my head shaved with a razor instead of the electric thing and now my heads all sore and stingy 😩
— meh (@B4c0nBits) May 11, 2016
More and more celebrities are opting out of Hollywood beauty standards, which requires women to have long, princess-like locks. Cara Delevingne, Kristen Stewart, and Kate Hudson are just some of the women who have opted for the no-nonsense buzz cut recently. While it’s easy to say that it shouldn’t really matter, there’s no denying that it’s a massive shock to show women who have abandoned something that is seen as so quintessentially feminine.
Ex-editor in chief for Diva Magazine, Jane Czyzselska, speculated that “there’s something thrilling for [women] about the feel of the wind at the nape of the neck that many men take for granted, a sense of freedom from gendered expectations”.
Seeing celebrities embrace more ‘masculine’ qualities, or showing how one aspect of your appearance doesn’t have to define your femininity. Instead, it’s a massive leap forwards when it comes to personal expression and representation of more than the traditional ‘girly girl’.
Not being the most feminine person myself, it was still something I struggled with at first. I was also worried about how I would be able to express myself as anything other than masculine once I didn’t have anything to curl.
Instead, Shaving my head has had the opposite impact. I no longer define my femininity by what grows out of my head, and I’m more open to embracing more masculine styles.
ok but kristen stewart tho. so beautiful in a blonde buzz cut 😍 pic.twitter.com/4pYM4eWWEF
— daisy blue (@magueritee) March 10, 2017
So, while I do still get a tinge of jealousy over some Instagram-worthy space buns, I can honestly say that it is one of the best decisions I have ever made, and yes, it is entirely possible to still slay without hair. Just search #buzzcut on Instagram and you’ll see how thousands of other empowered women are doing it too.