Shaving My Head!!!

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December 29, 2015 by Briana

Before my Braids

Before my Braids

A year ago, I did something rather drastic.  I shaved my head! Before our road trip, my hair was long (almost down to my waist), and I had a lot of it.  The thought of washing my hair with just 6 gallons of water in a tiny shower and then blow-drying it in an equally tiny bathroom gave me anxiety.  I wanted something low maintenance, so I got my hair braided in individual braids with some fun colored extensions.

Best. Decision. Ever!!!

Freshly Braided

Freshly Braided

The braids were only meant to last for a couple of months, but our road trip took much longer than that.  Still not wanting to deal with having to wash and style my hair in our RV, I ended up leaving my braids in for 7 months.  After having my braids in for that much time, they began morphing into dreadlocks.  Sadly, I knew they had reached the end of their life.

We were still living in the trailer, so I wanted to continue having a low maintenance hairstyle.  I could have had my hair re-braided, but it would have been a pain (literally) to take my existing braids out (if it was even possible to take them out).  Also, individual braids are pricey.  So I opted for the cheaper and  much easier, pain-free option: shave the braids / dreads off!

7 Months Later

As I took the clippers to each braid, I had my husband by my side supporting me.  He even shaved a few of my braids off himself! When he saw my sheared noggin, he became jealous and shaved his head too! One thing my husband has learned about me is that if I decide to do something, there’s no talking me out of it.  All he can do is sit by and watch. I’m truly blessed to have such an amazing life partner who supports and loves me no matter what out-of-the-box things I do.

You probably think I’m crazy for shaving my head, and maybe I am.  But sometimes you have to lose your mind to find yourself.  I’ve decided that life is too short to do what’s expected of you.  For some reason, shaving my head was something I had always wanted to do.  Being able to cross it off my bucket list was unbelievably gratifying.  Also, washing my buzzed hair for the first time was like a religious experience! It was as if the clouds had parted and a light shone down on me with harps playing in the background.  Being free of my hair was a life-changing and indescribably amazing feeling!

Some of my many different hair styles & colors

I’ve always become easily bored with my hair and have changed it more times than I can count.  Over the years, I’ve had practically every hair length, style and color.  With a shaved head, I had a blank slate to start fresh with and try even more styles! Hair is just an extension of yourself, not a definition.  My motto is that makeup and hair are women’s best accessories.  We should change them up day-to-day and have fun with them!

 

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