In the spring of 2020, in the throes of COVID, I decided to shave my head. It was kind of an impulse really. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to do it.
Now it’s been over 2 years and I still shave my head. Below is a photo I took this morning.
My hair has grown out a bit in this photo, as I shaved it about 7-10 days ago. I tend to shave it every 2 weeks.
COVID was a game-changer in so many ways. We were limited on where we could go. It made many of us feel helpless and afraid. Being housebound was a whole new experience.
Shaving my head gave me back some control in my life. And when I looked at my bald self in the mirror, it made me feel more empowered.
I know many women are horrified by the thought of shaving their head. And that’s fine. It’s their prerogative.
When I go out, I don’t even think about it anymore. At first I was a bit self-conscious, but that feeling went away fairly quickly.
There’s a sense of freedom in having a shaved head. I know I never would have done it had COVID not turned the world on its head.
“It’s like I am peeling back a layer so that you can see a deeper part of me.”
“We tend to be so attached to our hair as if that’s the only thing that makes us a woman or feminine, and that’s far from the truth,” said the actress and author Samantina Zenon.
It’s not just young women who are shaving their head, it’s older women as well. After years of having to fuss with their hair before they go out, it is a convenience they’ve never known before.
“Being a woman is more than just looking like one. We have so many layers to us, and while some may wear their crown proudly, we also carry a lot of burdens.”
Life was weighing me down as well. COVID ballooned out to kill a vast number of people. We were wiping down groceries when they were delivered. None of us knew how long the virus could live on a surface.
It was the unknown that was so frightening. That and the vast number of people it was killing.
“Life was weighing me down, and I thought my hair could take some of that weight off for a bit.” (New York Times)
Shaving my hair was a little scary, but once I made up my mind, I was bound and determined to do it.
It takes about 3 minutes to shave my head. And that is a luxury that I love. I no longer have to worry about fixing my hair before going out.
My identity and sense of self-worth does not depend on the hair on my head. I am who I am with or without hair.