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.
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.
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.
Originally published 10th October 2017