In pop culture, the act of cutting one’s head is simultaneously codified as an act of fascism and also rebellion. In Netflix’s Unorthodox, one of the most striking scenes shows Etsy crying as her hair is slashed off the evening prior to her wedding.
When Britney Spears shaved her head in 2007, after being hounded non-stop by paparazzo, it was widely reported that she was experiencing a “meltdown.” Emily Wynne-Hughes, a tattoo musician who Britney apparently confided to, later on said that Britney informed her the genuine factor she cut her head was: “I simply do not want anyone, anyone touching my head. I don’t want anyone touching my hair. I’m ill of individuals touching my hair.”
There are a wide variety of factors for cutting your head. It might be an act of defiance against patriarchal charm criteria. Or possibly, it’s a decision made in the face of conditions such as alopecia, or a side-effect of radiation treatment. Whatever your factors for shaving your head— whether you go with a buzzcut or go completely bald– you can rest assured that it’s one heck of an attractive appearance.
The world’s response to Britney cutting her head revealed an uneasy cultural organization between hair as well as health.
In Don’t Touch My Hair, Emma Dabiri keeps in mind that, “For females and also women, feminineness is intricately bound up in hair. For a long period of time, long moving hair continued to be one of the most effective pens of being a lady.” Emma’s publication (which GLAMOUR highly recommends), takes a look at just how this deformed idea of womanhood specifically harms Black ladies, adding, “Femininity– like beauty– continues to be a culturally particular project, and absolutely not one made with the physicality of black ladies in mind.”
And also it’s Black ladies that’ve gone to the center of imbuing a cut or naturally hairless head with autonomy, stamina and also large sexual magnetism. In her 2015 publication I’ll Never Write My Memoirs , Grace Jones created,”My cut head made me look more abstract, less connected to a certain race or sex or tribe. I was Black, however not Black; woman, however not woman; American, however Jamaican; African, but sci-fi.”
Extra just recently, Jada Pinkett Smith talked incredibly regarding her trip with hair loss, sharing an empowering selfie of her newly-shaved head with the caption,”My 50s are bout to be Divinely lit with this shed.”
Right here, GLAMOUR has a look at some of the well-known ladies and non-binary individuals who’ve selected to shave their heads.