Let’s be honest, it’s getting pretty cold outside. Freezing in fact, there’s even been snow in places! So, if you are thinking about making a hairstyle change before the year is out, a buzz cut or supercharged short crop may not have been the first pin on the Pinterest board you’re planning to show your hairdresser.
Firstly, rest assured that there’s some evidence to show we don’t really lose most of our heat through our heads. And of course, if you do have a tendency to feel the cold, braving a crop is a great way to ensure you appreciate the winter woollies you’ll be unwrapping in just a few short weeks when Christmas comes around.
Finally, after reading this persuasive argument, you may just decide to put a head shave on your to-do list for 2017. If you find your curiosity is piqued and your scalp is tingling in anticipation when you reach the end of this post, make sure you get the right kit for the job to assist should you decide to DIY. While a simple razor will do the job, hair clippers or an electric razor should make things go a little more ‘smoothly’ for you. Here are some tips for choosing a men’s electric shaver that’s up to the job.
How much time do you spend on your hair every day? Even if you’re a brush it and tie-it-up kind of girl like me, you’ll need to add in time for regular washing. Then there’s special events to consider; how long does it take for you to tend to your tresses for a party? According to a survey in 2012, we spend ten full days every year brushing, washing and styling our hair. Now, if you really do enjoy this time (some of you may even find it relaxing), it may seem like time well spent. But what else could you do with those moments if you snatched them back from looking after your locks?
Grooming a mane is expensive. If you’re brave enough to trim the ends yourself and flout the much-touted recommendation that you should go to visit the hairdresser roughly every six weeks, you’ll already be saving a great deal. But there are further costs to consider. Shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, dry shampoo for days when you want to stay under the duvet a little longer. Hair products cost pounds and pence, there’s no denying it. And, without hair you could reduce these costs to zero and ‘shave’ some extra time off your morning routine too. The latter will allow you precious extra time in bed or free up scheduling for exercise or relaxation.
If you do visit the hairdresser regularly and rather like having people fetch you glasses of wine or cups of coffee with biccies and browsing magazines while you have your hair done, consider recreating the experience at home with the help of some enthusiastic friends or housemates. Hint: Offer to supply the biscuits yourself.
If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge for a while or are now picturing yourself without your curls, why not have the chop for charity? Shaving your head for charity is a great way of raising money and awareness for different organisations. If you have longish locks at present, you could give your hair to the Little Princess Trust who make real hair wigs for poorly children. You’d be in good company if you chose to do so too as Harry Styles handed over his ponytail after his dramatic hairstyle change.
Don’t know whether you could pull off having it all off? There are lots of fabulous female celebs that have proven that a more severe snip can look sensational. Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Rihanna, Demi Moore and Cate Blanchett have all pulled off a super short shave at one time or another. And, while she didn’t go the full hog and reach for the razor, Emma Watson described chopping off her long hair as “the most liberating thing ever.” She decided to try out a different look after appearing in the Harry Potter movies for ten years. Ms Watson did so in order to distance her appearance from that of her character Hermione.
Is it time to rethink your style starting at the top? Have you or would you ever shave your hair or are you far too attached to those tresses? If you did shave it all off, what would you do with all the money saved on products and salon visits?