I’ve noticed that I get a lot of traffic from people searching for images/stories/whatever about girls with half shaved heads so I thought I would do everyone a favour and write a blog post all about it. In August 2009 I shaved almost half my hair and lived to tell the tale so here goes.
It all begins with a big girl crush on the British model Alice Dellal:
Whatta babe, right?! What an awesome haircut. How can you not love her?! After a couple of weeks of longingly looking at photos of her and wishing I looked half way that cool, I took the plunge:
To begin with I was a little apprehensive so the first time I had it shaved (by a guy I had just met that night after a couple of beers to be totally honest) I think I went with a number 3 or something. I decided to keep a bit of a sideburn hair thing because it reminded me Chelsea cuts which I think are really awesome. Just a quick warning – as I’m going to post a mixture of photos taken with Photobooth and regular photos it’s going to look like it switches between which side of my head was shaved because the Photobooth shots are mirror images so in case anyone gets confused, I shaved the right side of my head.
To be honest I didn’t really consider this to be a super dramatic or shocking haircut but be warned – I had shaved my head before. This was me when I was 16:
so it didn’t feel like such a huge deal to me, it’s only hair you know? But if you’ve never had an extreme hairstyle before and especially if you have long hair, shaving a big chunk of it off is probably going to be a bit scary. That said, I could easily just part my hair differently and pretty much hide the shaved bit completely:
If you want to be able to do this just make sure you keep the shaved part to 1/3 or less of your head. Then it’s easy to just part it on the side and pull your hair across.
Ok so here are a bunch of photo of what it looked like most of the time:
I had this haircut for somewhere between six and nine months and I had to re-shave my head about every month. After the first unsure shave at the number three I stopped being a wimp and shaved it closer to my head because it looked better and then I didn’t have to re-shave it as often. As you may have noticed I also bleached the regrowth at some point.
I’ve had a few people ask me what this haircut looks like if you want to put your hair in a ponytail so I found some photos of that too:
Eventually I got sick of re-shaving my head every month and just parted my hair so that it covered the shaved bit while I grew it out:
After a few months the once shaved side looked like this:
By now it’s all the same length as the rest of my hair. If the difference in length really bugs you, you can always get extensions until it properly grows out. So that’s about it, I hope this was helpful and informative but if there’s anything I left out that you’re wondering about feel free to ask. Also, now I really miss being a redhead!