Liverpool girls shave their heads

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“I was so confident, so free and so happy”

If you were looking for a sign to shave your head and try a buzzcut, this is it. Now that the semester is finally over and you’re free from the shackles of your memory, why not take the time to be bold and shave your head?

The Tab Liverpool spoke to three Liverpool students to convince you to get a buzzcut. Whether you’ve always wanted a buzz, just broke up with an ex, or need a post-exam shine, why not give it a try?

Meg, Graduate in Communication and Media, UoL

Why did you decide to shave your head?

“I’ve always wanted to shave my head as a sort of to-do list, but I was never brave enough and didn’t think it would be right for me! My hair was quite damaged from discoloration and constant dyeing that I finally took the plunge!

“I also thought if I shaved anyway I might try to raise some money, so I opened a fundraiser with Little Princess Trust and raised around £300 actually!”

How did you feel afterwards?

“I shaved my head on New Year’s Eve, which meant it was the ultimate fresh start, and immediately after (it might have been the vodka), I felt amazing. I was so confident, so free and so happy! My friend and I went to town right after for the countdown and I got so many compliments that I didn’t expect, it made me feel even better .

“It’s been about three months now, and I love it! I’m definitely going to keep it rather than push it back. It’s so much easier to maintain, shower takes five minutes, and I have nice wigs for when I I want to have hair again!

Tips?

“My advice, girls would just do it!” Don’t think too much about it because it grows back and you can make yourself a wig. If you’re sure you want to do it, give yourself 3 months to try lots of different hairstyles before doing it. I shaved a mullet and dyed my hair different colors before finally shaving it off. When I finally shaved it off, I bleached some cool patterns on it.”

Kira, Second Year Graphic Design, LJMU

Why did you decide to shave your head?

“Because I wanted! I wanted it since I was about 14 but I was never brave enough in high school when I moved to Liverpool, I just decided to do it”.

How did you feel afterwards?

“It was amazingly liberating, at first I thought it would just look cool, but it was really empowering to do. Now I wish I had done it sooner! It gave me so much confidence in my appearance, I can’t imagine having long hair again”

Tips?

“I would 100% recommend it to anyone looking to do the same, it’s definitely a big change and not for everyone, but if you’ve thought about it I’d say go for it! Everyone has the look good with a buzzcut!

Grace, first year of Media and Cultural Studies in English, LJMU

Why did you decide to shave your head?

“From the age of about 15 I knew that at some point in my life I would shave my head, I just didn’t know when. For my part, I always used my hair as a mask in high school so I could feel like I belonged. In grade 11, I developed anorexia. I believe my hair changes mimic my recovery from anorexia and my overall mental well-being, as I felt better about myself. , I changed my hair and expressed myself more, far from the pressure to adapt to my long brown hair.

“I never found my self-worth or my beauty to come from my hair, but I do think my hair during my teenage years reflected my self-worth.”

How did you feel afterwards?

“The number of people who come up to me daily to compliment me on my hair since I got a buzz cut outweighs any negativity I’ve received about my hair. I feel like that when people compliment me now, they compliment my face and my aura, my energy and my eyes, which means so much more to me.”

Tips?

“I think every woman should do this at some point in her life, it makes you find other ways to question what it means to be feminine. I would say make sure you have a support group around you, because sometimes it can be hard to get used to, but as long as you have these people, it’s so much fun!

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