Have you ever had a fiery desire to shave your head? My name is Cricket Guest , I am artist, model, actress, filmmaker and writer who is passionate about activism. There were many reasons as to why I decided to shave my head. It was largely based on my issues with a lack of representation, specifically in the beauty pageant world. I began competing in beauty pageants at 14 years old.
Why I Shaved My Head Before an International Beauty Pageant
19 Women With Shaved Heads - Female Celebs With Buzzcuts
For those in the number 2 clipper club, a shaved head is more than a haircut; it's a statement. As model Jourdana Phillips told us, backstage at the Victoria's Secret show in Paris, "I no longer feel forced to adhere to society's beauty standards and feel free to do as I please,"—a sentiment shared by many women with the gender-norm-defying haircut. Similarly, when Internet trolls criticized Jada Pinkett Smith for allowing daughter Willow's shave, she fired back on Facebook: "Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair. I mean, I'm not going to be able to have touch-ups once I put the helmet on. I must shave my head!
11 Things I Learned After Shaving My Head
Sometimes a hashtag sums it up perfectly. A phrase topped the quartet: "The future is female, and it doesn't have time for styling products. The message is clear. A community of women with buzz cuts and shaved heads is growing under hashtags that embrace the look, uniting people in dismissing societal standards and celebrating those who do what they want. Especially considering the beauty ideals that are pushed on women from birth thanks, shampoo commercials , bald women's blatant refusal to exist for anyone but themselves is groundbreaking.
If you are reading this, you are considering shaving your head. Congratulations and welcome to the coven. Everyone has different reasons for wanting to buzz it all off. For me, I wanted a fresh start after gradually and accidentally making my undercut so drastic it was inevitable I would have to restart my hair growth all over if I wanted it to grow out in a non-bizarro way. I shaved my head by myself in my bathroom on a regular weekday morning, and it felt like a great start to an otherwise ordinary week.