It was a beautiful sun shining day on May 3, 2015 at Cathy’s Lake house when I made the decision to shave my head. I teeter tottered on the thought of shaving my head for a year or two, I have always been a short hair girl!
My good friend was battling lung cancer at the time and had just started chemotherapy. Treatment made their hair very fine and falling out by the handfuls. Shaving their head gave me the brilliant idea to shave mine. Fast forward to that beautiful May 3rd. I got the courage to ask Cathy if it would be alright to shave my head. She gave Paige and I the green light! Off to the bathroom with a 3 guard and clippers. The feeling of hair falling onto the ground was a natural high. My heart was pounding and tears of joy rolled down my face as I stood face to face with myself in the mirror. I accomplished a dream, and I began a journey as a woman with a bald head.
There is something so beautiful and empowering being a 23-year-old woman with a shaved head. It warmed my heart to receive all the compliments that came my way. The nine months of being hair free increased my confidence and showed the world you don’t need a full head of hair to be beautiful!
I want to share some tricks and tips I learned to help my short haired ladies and gentlemen peacefully grow their hair out.
In January of 2016 I began the grow out process…
I had an idea in my mind what the process would look like – grow out the top then begin to grow out the sides and back. Easier said than done. Fortunately, I work alongside some very talented stylists that were eager to help when it came to my every 7 week haircuts. I went through a handful of awkward phases which is normal when growing out your hair. When it came to product usage I used the Redkin Extreme Length shampoo and conditioner. The strengthening shampoo and conditioner helped keep my hair strong and healthy! I wash my hair 2-3 times a week, that also keeps your hair healthy. Luckily with styling ‘the messier the better’ I always say. Hair isn’t meant to be perfect. In my short spikey phases, I used Moroccan Oil Texture Clay and the Moroccan Oil Dry Texture Spray to give me that lived in feel. I hardly put heat on my hair but when I do curl it or straighten I use a heat protectant, preferably Moroccan Oil treatment. Using a pee size amount from ‘mids to ends’ protects your hair from the harsh heat.
As much as I loved my shaved head I do enjoy the length I have now. I’m always asked how long I’m growing it out, too. I don’t necessarily have an answer. I’m just growing it till I shave it again!
As always if you have any questions about growing out your hair or even possibly shaving it don’t hesitate to ask me or your stylist!