Many of us have been - and are still on - a tricky hair journey, marked with societal pressures, stigma around certain hairstyles - some can cost you your job - and often a lack of knowledge around where to begin with taking care of our hair. For some of us, completely shaving off our hair has been part of that journey. I first shaved my head in the summer of
Sometimes a hashtag sums it up perfectly. A phrase topped the quartet: "The future is female, and it doesn't have time for styling products. The message is clear.
Shaved hairstyles can be both intimidating and charming at the same time. Shaved hair reflects a very punk-rock style making it a very classy look. Shaved hairs are all the rage these days.
I spent 10 years and countless amounts of time and money trying to find a hairstyle that made me confident and comfortable, only to find out a buzz cut was the answer. From the ages of 13 to 23 I was dying my hair, filling it with products and chemicals and cutting it into different styles, some rather questionable. It was long and pink, short and purple, somewhere in the middle and red — I was quite the chameleon.
I remember the faint sense of dread I felt, waiting for my mom to pick me up from my school in Scotland. She was beautiful and friendly, but my fear was that kids would make fun of me because she didn't fit into the normal conventions of an Edinburgh woman. She was black, English, and instead of having long straight hair, she — as well as her twin sister, my aunty Pauline — often wore their afros shaved down to the grain.
If you are reading this, you are considering shaving your head. Congratulations and welcome to the coven. Everyone has different reasons for wanting to buzz it all off.
L ast week, I joined a club of black British girl bosses who have decided to go bald. Since my afro was large and healthy when I shaved it off, the assumption was that something must have gone wrong: traction alopecia from the tight hairstyles black women endure is a common reason for a drastic cut. A bad breakup is often assumed, or a quarter-life crisis as my dad still suspects.
Have you ever had a fiery desire to shave your head? My name is Cricket GuestI am artist, model, actress, filmmaker and writer who is passionate about activism. There were many reasons as to why I decided to shave my head.
Skip navigation! There was a time when, in some circles, a shaved head meant you were a skinhead, and a time when it stood for being gender-queer. But while in some instances, those ties remain, a woman with a buzzcut is a lot more common nowadays.
For those in the number 2 clipper club, a shaved head is more than a haircut; it's a statement. As model Jourdana Phillips told us, backstage at the Victoria's Secret show in Paris, "I no longer feel forced to adhere to society's beauty standards and feel free to do as I please,"—a sentiment shared by many women with the gender-norm-defying haircut. Similarly, when Internet trolls criticized Jada Pinkett Smith for allowing daughter Willow's shave, she fired back on Facebook: "Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair.