I’m a natural blonde and I’ve always had healthy, long hair. It lightens itself in the summer sunshine, I’ve perfected many variations of the French braid and can loop + tie my hair up with a few bobby pins. It gives my whole look versatility – I can be an unwashed hippy with a buff, a polished professional with a bun or a just a normal happy blonde. About a year and a half ago I mixed things up by adding a wide band of purple/blue/green colors, which was a lot of fun but subtle.
Apparently I was itching to do something a little less subtle. A few weeks ago I audible groaned “gawd, I wish I could just shave my head” when faced with the task of making my hair look presentable for another day in the office. And then it hit me…I suddenly realized there was no reason I couldn’t do just that. Why couldn’t I shave my head?! So…I did, a week later.
The last week of being bald has been pretty incredible for me…and rather entertaining for everyone else. Only a handful of people knew what I had planned so I’ve spent the last week getting double takes. It’s been weird and kind of awesome! The reactions have been hilarious!
A few people have done the simple “wait, what?!” look without saying a word. Others have been incredibly supportive of my streak of crazy. A few have seriously questioned my sanity and purpose. One comment on my first day in the office sans-hair was “well, at least you have a good face” which pretty much made my day! At the dentist the hygienist asked me if she could ask about my hair and we chatted about it for a bit.
Before you aske I pinky promise this was not a completely irrational “Britney Spears went off the deep end” decision – I thought it through, I talked it out and…I am not having razor regret! It turns out not having hair is kind of awesome, in a lot of ways!
– Getting ready for work is so much faster than it used to be! No messing with my hair…just a swipe of mascara and I’m ready to go!
– If I didn’t have legs to shave my showers would literally take 4 minutes. I like showers + hot water so I’m kind of okay with shaving my legs.
– Being bald is…empowering! It sounds silly, but if I can pull this off…well, then maybe I can also do XYZ or ABC. And guess what?! I can!
– My head gets cold…but beanies are fun and I own a lot of them! Maybe too many of them…until now!
– Luckily my head isn’t too oddly shaped and I can stop being self-conscious about my large forehead because it now goes on forever!
The entire process of growing out my hair will be…interesting, to say the least. Even going from clean-shaven to fuzzy teddy bear was an experience. Everything slid off my head the first day, but by the second day my hair had grown just enough to velcro itself to everything! Putting on a beanie was difficult because my head prickles stuck to it! Even now, over a week later, I still touch my head non-stop!
But I’m not quite ready to grow out my hair, I kind of like it this way! I’ve actually shaved with an electric razor once already. I think I’ll keep it “electric buzz” short for a while. It’s so easy to maintain, it’s fun to have and the random stages of growing it out are not going to go away, I’ll always have that opportunity! Plus, I’m going to have some fun being nearly bald before I have to adjust to the idea of a pixie cut and high maintenance hair styles! So there you have it…what I consider to be my best drastically reversible decision to date!