In 2007 just before I turned 17, I shaved off all my hair after having long hair that I hadn’t brushed for months and that had developed these gross knots I liked to call dreadlocks.
I’d had hair my whole life and had never had my head shaved before.
Me at age 16 before I shaved my hair:
At the time when I cut my hair, I was out-of-my-mind sick and was later misdiagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder. Years after that, I discovered all my symptoms were being caused by a gluten intolerance. Today, I just get to skip gluten and feel awesome.
I say all this to say that part of the reason I got all my hair cut off is because I was so sick I couldn’t take care of it. I could barely stand up by myself, and I couldn’t walk without assistance.
But I also had just seen V for Vendetta the year before and completely loved Natalie Portman’s shaved head.
After over a decade with this hairstyle, here are 10 funny benefits of having a shaved head I love.
1. Look Like a Fucking Badass
While seeing myself without hair for the first time was certainly strange, I was kinda in love with it.
I also sleep a lot better without hair, which to me, is one of the best benefits of having a shaved head.
While I did startle every time I went by the mirror the first dozen times or so, I came to see the beautiful shape of my head with a kind of reverence and naked adoration for this new self, even if I was sick at the time.
Today, I’m healthier than ever and I love looking like a fucking badass. I love my shaved head with every single look.
2. Just Feels Good
One of the benefits of having a shaved head is that it just feels really nice. I love the way it feels. My husband loves it. I feel fresh and free and unburdened by my hair.
I don’t hide behind my hair anymore like I used to with my blonde mane—I’m just there and it feels so good to not worry about sleeping, shedding hair all over the house, having to brush my hair, or finding a scrunchi. It just feels so refreshing having a clean buzz.
3. Towels Don’t Get That Wet
This is one of the weird benefits of having a shaved head, but the towels I use just don’t get that wet since I don’t have all this freaking hair to dry.
I don’t have to dry my hair and then dry the rest of my body with a wet towel. I guess I could have just used two towels, one for my hair and the other for my body, but seriously, who wants to do all that laundry?
4. Experience Weather Better
Oh. My. God.
This is probably one of my favorite benefits of having a shaved head.
It feels so good with water, rain, wind, and sun on it. My favorites are feeling the rain on my shaved head and the wind. It’s an indescribable feeling, both these things, one I would have never felt if I hadn’t cut off all my hair.
I feel more connected with the elements without hair and I love the way the weather feels on my skull.
5. Less Likely to Be Kidnapped
I read a book when I was in fourth grade about a girl who got kidnapped. Her attackers held onto her long hair and dragged her into the woods.
Really though, how was she supposed to escape?
I do feel I am less likely to be kidnapped, but maybe the truth is that I’m just less scared to be kidnapped. I mean seriously, what are they gonna grab onto? By the time they figure that out, hopefully, they’ll be tased/pepper sprayed/stabbed (by me).
6. Use Less Shampoo
Ok so I definitely use less shampoo and conditioner (and, it goes without saying, other styling products), so I’d say one of the benefits of having a shaved head is saving money on crap like this.
However, it should be noted that I do spend more time cutting my hair.
Lately, I’ve been cutting and washing my hair every week. It really doesn’t take long; I spend maybe 10 minutes cutting it every week. (Compared to the time I spent washing, drying, and styling my hair every day, this doesn’t feel like much time at all!)
It’s really nice to not have to buy shampoo that often too. I think my husband and I buy it once or twice a year max.
7. Nothing to Grab in a Catfight
So I’ve been in a catfight before and it’s not frickin fun. Fortunately, in that fateful eighth-grade catfight, I just got scratched, didn’t get my hair pulled or my face cut.
But in the event that stuff goes down and someone wants to grab me, there’s nothing there so good luck with that.
I’m not really planning on being in a catfight again, just sayin’.
8. Don’t Get My Hair Caught in Stuff
I’d always get my hair stuck in scrunchis and stuff. It was so annoying and hurt like hell. Now, I don’t get my hair caught in anything, so I feel no pain. It’s really nice.
I also don’t get that weird aching feeling in my head after wearing my hair in a ponytail for too long. I hate that feeling. Now I feel so free!
9. Have So Much More Time
The time that I spend cutting my hair is way less than the time I spent shampooing, brushing, drying, and styling my hair when I did have hair.
I would usually need to figure out what I was doing with my hair for a certain outfit too, which would take a ridiculous amount of time and effort. I also washed my hair every day which was annoying too.
Now, it’s one hairstyle and I’m out the door with my skates on!
10. Less Sweaty
I’m absolutely less sweaty without my mane of hair, which is super nice in the summertime and also when I exercise (especially when I run).
However, I do tend to be a lot colder in the winter. But since I don’t have cold wet hair hanging in my face, I like to think that I stay warmer overall.
Love being less sweaty.
Will I Have a Shaved Head Forever?
Honestly, at this point, I’m planning on having my shaved head for the rest of my life. I’ve grown out my hair twice since I shaved it off twelve years ago and each time have found it very annoying and have hated it.
I truly love my shaved head and feel so fortunate that this hairstyle has rocked my world!
Have you ever shaved your head? How did you feel about it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!