I had a rough summer. It was just too hot. I spent most of my time wearing as few stitches as possible in our bedroom with the air conditioner on where, on the hottest of days, the room only cooled to 94 degrees. I don’t take heat well and I feel like the older I get, the worse I feel in it. Not being able to escape the heat led to a huge lack of productivity and I lost my sense of minimalism. The only “good” thing to come from the heat was I lost a few pounds due to lack of appetite to eat and energy to cook.
But we’re having some cooler days here and there and I’m trying to catch up on housework and get back into hobbies and we got a cat and… I shaved my head!
Wow, y’all. I finally did it. There’s a few things I’ve been wanting to do to my hair ever since I was a teen and this is one of them. It’s only been a couple weeks but I don’t want to go back. I’ve been making a list of the benefits, most that I discovered within the first 24 hours. As you’ll see from this list I have spent a lot of time and energy dealing with my hair in all aspects possible:
- One of the biggest benefits: my scalp immediately stopped hurting and it hasn’t hurt since. I’m soooo relieved! It was really bad for about 2 weeks before I shaved and it was so nice to have it instantly be better.
- I don’t have to put my hair up when it’s hot. No miserable hot neck and shoulders with hair sticking to it.
- I don’t have to deal with hair when I cook (OR eat!)
- I don’t have to deal with hair when I take a bath and shower, before, during, or after. I hated loose hairs tangling my fingers and sticking all over my body. I was cleaning the drain out at least twice a week and our tub always drains slow.
- I don’t have to deal with my hair when I go to bed. I love not being strangled in my sleep, not getting it pulled/rolled on/stepped on by me/my husband/my cat.
- I can much more comfortably wear earrings, necklaces, and my own wedding ring (it would snag while washing my hair)
- Pulling clothes over my head is just… it’s fine now. No hassle. Nothing getting caught, etc.
- no more annoying hairs tickling my face/body/poking me in the eyes, especially when the fan is on me
- No more hair for my glasses to eat, pull at or otherwise trap between my eyeballs and frames. Oh, sweet relief.
- I feel so much cooler, temperature wise. I noticed the difference immediately.
- I also look so much cooler (IMHO). I’ve never really been happy with my hair and rarely liked how I looked on the whole. That doesn’t seem to be a problem anymore! I feel like a new person.
- Somehow I actually look better with makeup and no hair even with my subpar makeup skills. And I feel like I’m having an easier, funner time with makeup.
- wearing wigs was always such a huge pain and not worth it, but now they’re a lot easier!
- My husband said I look more androgynous and that’s the best compliment I’ve possibly ever gotten in my entire life
- I can knit and crochet (and do other projects) without having to stop to pick hair out of the yarn/project. This will take a little time
- Identity crisis adverted – shortly before shaving I gave myself bangs and while it was sometimes really cute when styled the right way it made me feel weird and wasn’t completely “me”. This shaved head feels much more “me” than that.
- I don’t have to worry about maintaining it! and whether it looks ok or not. I don’t have to see something I hate every time I look in the mirror. I’ll add “no more old crappy hair dye” to this point. I had 3 or so years of different box dye buildup that I’ve been trying to fade, with no success. It really has been looking awful. And it was just so damaged and full of endless split ends.
- many minimalist benefits: I can get rid of a lot of hair doodads and products and don’t have to worry about buying any new ones. But as long as I’m in the lolita fashion I’m going to have a couple wigs and things to maintain/style them. Cleaning the floors is going to take less time and energy. The tub problem I mentioned earlier.
And now for the downsides:
- My head gets cold really easily now. On chillier nights I sleep with my Threadbanger beanie. It’s really comfortable and I like that it covers my ears, so no biggie. I can deal with the cold outside with scarves, hats, and wigs.
- It gets a bit hot and I worry about sunburn. I almost always have my UV parasol anyway. But wearing a hat in this heat is not fun and I’m guessing a wig would be 10x worse.
I’m sure there will be more things to add to the list over time. I can think of one more thing to add to each list but haven’t experienced them yet.
You could take any 2 of the positives and compare them to the 2 negatives and I would still have no reason to not keep it shaved. I don’t see myself growing it out anytime soon. I’m guessing maybe I’ll buzz it back down once a month?