Fess up, how many times have you lamented — in the throes of summer heat and humidity –that you want to shave your head? Declared loudly your desire to just not have hair anymore? While most of us are content to just whine a little and finally tie it all up in a ponytail, our graphic designer Bree is a woman of action. Yes, she really did it: Bree shaved her head. And it looks amazing.
Today, Bree is answering all of our head-shaving questions and offering her tips for styling little-to-no hair. While intricate braids and buns are out of the question, that doesn’t mean you can’t switch things up with super-short strands. Check out what she has to say below:
What was the motivation to shave your head? Something you’ve wanted to do for a long time or was it spur of the moment?
Like a lot girls I’ve had many “I’m just going to shave my head” moments in my life. Growing up, my dad always shaved his head and every time I complained about my hair he would make the ultimate dad joke that he could give me a hair cut “just like his.” Of course being a stubborn teenager I always yelled at him and told him to leave me alone. After all those years of him joking about it, I decided why not, it’s only hair and it will grow back. I hadn’t seen my natural hair color in almost ten years! My hair was pretty damaged from years of going from platinum blonde to black to back to platinum hair again. I decided when I turned 24 I was going to shave it and start fresh.
Did you do it yourself or go to a salon?
I took the first pass straight down the middle of my head and gave myself a pretty rad reverse mohawk. I knew if I started there, there would be no turning back. I let my boyfriend and my best friend do the rest. When it was over I didn’t feel very good about it, it was longer in some places and pretty much just looked like two people decided to shave their friend’s head. The next day my wonderful friend Ali who works in a barber shop fixed me up, so I had an actual hair cut.
A shaved head offers the perfect excuse to play with unique makeup looks, from dramatic cat-eye liner to a bold lip. Deep red lipstick — we used Lime Crime’s lip stain in “Wicked” here — looks stunning paired with a crisp white top, like the Eyelets Get Going Top.
What’s the biggest advantage of having a shaved head now? Cool breezes? A drastic decrease in your shampoo bill?
I think the biggest advantage of having a shaved head is all the extra time I have when I’m getting ready. I can wake up and be ready to go in, like, 20 minutes! It’s the perfect summer ‘do. I can sweat, get rained on, ride roller coasters, stick my head out of a moving car window and never have a hair out of place!
What kind of feedback have you received from friends and coworkers?
I’ve gotten a ton of compliments! So many people have told me that they wish they could do it. I always tell them to just go for it.
A patterned scarf is the perfect way to add interest to a basic white tee, paired with classic cut-offs it makes for a unique, but still breezy summer outfit. Here, Bree is wearing the Here and Fair Scarf with the Float and Flutter Top and This Way to Style Earrings.
Are you experimenting more with accessories now?
Just like in the images above, I’ve been wearing a lot of big earrings and experimenting with bolder makeup. I think when the weather cools down I’ll start playing around with more scarves and hats.
+ So what do you think? Are you inspired to take the plunge and shave your head like Bree? Sound off in the comments.