I shaved my head two days ago. Why? Do I really even need a reason? I don't think so. But basically I just felt like it. I actually had been thinking of doing it for a long time, mainly because my hair was damaged and I had cowlicks to get rid of so I wanted a fresh start. I also just wanted a change and no longer wanted the social constraint of styling my hair. I am so happy to be free!!
My boyfriend helped me in shaving it and thinks it's beautiful. He supports me 100% and I'm lucky to have him.
When I got home, I got mixed reviews. Most people asked "WHY!!??" Some likened me to Britney Spears (Uh you don't have to have a mental breakdown to shave your head... seriously). My stepmom, who is the epitome of what social control does to a person, had the most to say about it- do I need therapy? that isn't a normal reaction. please just lie to me and tell me you did it to support a friend who is going through chemo.... and the like. It's pretty sad, and I know I'm going to go through more of it, but I have no regrets and I am so happy to let my head breathe.
I just can't believe how much hair has an impact on people. I see it for what it is- just hair. So bald or not, makes no difference. I love being bald for the freedom, and it feels nice to rub my new stubble. But I love having hair too- definitely is beneficial by keeping you warm and shading you from the sun. So I am planning to grow it out again. It's just nice to experience a time in my life without the bondage of vanity and to say "Screw you society! I can do what I want!" And who knows, maybe I'll keep a short 'do, or shave it again in the future... I'm definitely keeping my options open.
But I do say to all those beautiful women out there who want to shave their head- do it! Don't think, just do. You are strong and after all... it is JUST HAIR. Good advice- just keep smiling. And like me, don't accept a society that doesn't accept you. Just live.