Women shaving their heads isn't exactly a new phenomenon: Grace Jones, Sinead O'Connor, Lupita Nyong'o, Britney Spears, Amber Rose and Eleven from "Stranger Things" are just a few of the better-known modern members of this club. And whether the public lauded their haircuts ("Grace is a gender revolutionary!") or criticized them ("Britney's going off the rails!"), you can be sure they noticed them.
The appeal of the shaved head may be aesthetic for some women and ideological for others, but one thing every bald babe can agree on is that the look is a breeze to maintain. Plus, with brands like Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Saint Laurent giving the buzz their stamps of approval by parading it down the runway, there's mounting evidence that the look isn't going to lose its cool status anytime soon.
Considering bidding your own tresses goodbye? According to Matt Fugate, a hairstylist at Serge Normant at John Frieda, there are just a few things to keep in mind: head shape, upkeep and natural color. "Make sure that you know of any bumps, grooves or dips in the skull," he says. "The best way to find this out is to go get a head massage and ask about it." (Uh, yeah, twist our rubber arms on that one). Next, remember that you'll need to cut more frequently to maintain the look, whether you do so with clippers in your bathroom or with a stylist at the salon. Lastly, consider your natural hair color. "Don't be shocked when you cut your hair and it's darker than you think," Fugate advises, noting that any sun-bleaching effects will disappear with very short hair.
Then get ready to enjoy the newfound freedom a buzzed head affords. "You can work out whenever you want, sleep in more often and spend less time (sometimes none) doing touch-ups in the bathroom," Fugate notes. Plus, you'll look pretty damn cool. Here, seven lock-less ladies who will make you want to get your hands on some clippers ASAP.
When British model Ruth Bell was told that she needed to buzz her head for an Alexander McQueen campaign in May of last year, she nonchalantly agreed and assumed it'd be a short-term thing. Little did she know that her bold new look would help transform her into one of the next season's breakout models. Her buzzed head opened the door for her to walk for brands like Gucci and Versace, so it's easy to understand why she told the New York Times that "having no hair is the easiest and best decision I've made in my life so far."
Destiny Owusu is the kind of girl who turns heads when she shows up outside the shows at NYFW, no matter how many other perfectly outfitted people are peacocking around her. With a penchant for designs that, like her, hail from Ghana, Owusu strikes a memorable figure — and often uses the platform her modeling has afforded her to talk about black representation in the media. Shaving her head first came about as a way to shift the focus from her hair to her strong facial features, she says. Now she also loves how easy it is to take care of. "I love that I can get up every morning and not have to worry about doing my hair," she says. "I would suggest getting a haircut every two weeks if you like to keep a fresh look."
Mackenzie Tallulah Jones
Model Mackenzie Tallulah Jones first shaved her head when she was 15, "purely on impulse." Since then, it's helped her land gigs representing cool-kid brands like Fear of God and Unif — and to give off distinctly IDGAF vibes no matter what she's wearing. When asked if she has any tips for readers on how to pull off the look, she responds, "That's kind like asking how to pull off being naked, you know? It's all about being comfortable with yourself. It's the absence of giving a shit about pulling something off that I think makes it work." Duly noted.
Sarah Nicole Francois
Sarah Nicole Francois is a Florida-based Tumblr star, YouTube personality and indie designer. With an aesthetic that draws from her Hot Topic teen years, Haitian heritage and "post-human" clothing line 000SPORTSWEAR///, Francois comes off as sexy — and a little bit scary. It's the perfect combination for intimidating anyone who stands in her way, which is a good thing if you agree with her that the patriarchy, racism and ableism are some of the big bads that need dismantling. She's also the queen of rocking baldness with super-femme makeup, for those who love hairlessness and Sephora in equal measure.
With bleached brows and a lanky frame, Danish model Amalie Rose Bungaard has a genderless, alien-like appeal. Though Bungaard credits Bell with inspiring her to shave her own head in April, she notes that the look is still uncommon in her home country. "Very few in Denmark have had the courage to get their heads completely shaved," she told me in an email. "I wouldn't have done it two years ago, but it's fitting because of the spirit of the time in fashion. I'm not scared of change; I constantly seek it in my look. I'm already ready for the next thing."
Meredith Graves first came into the public eye as the former frontwoman for Perfect Pussy, a.k.a. "the nicest fucking band in punk." Between that and her current gig as an MTV News host, she's also found time to pen essays for teen webzine Rookie, write a baking-and-album-review column (yes, really) for The Village Voice, and hang out with her posse of cool friends that includes the likes of Arabelle Sicardi and Amy Rose Spiegel. Though she's been experimenting with her hair for years, her prominent tattoos and penchant for hyper-feminine vintage dresses make her current boyish crop particularly lovely.
Nigerian-Canadian artist-turned-model-turned-entrepreneur Folasade Adeoso, or "Fola" for short, has entranced the Internet for years with her killer style, creative digital collages and general black girl magic. While her short crop is one of her beloved signatures now, she didn't always dig it. "I used to spend more time maintaining extensions then I did taking care of my natural hair, so it became extremely damaged," she explains. "One day after I had taken out my extensions, I looked in the mirror and began crying. I couldn't believe what I had done to myself. I grabbed a pair of scissors and began cutting my hair in hopes to start over and rejuvenate my natural hair. The first few years of going short were extremely difficult; I'd get teased. But something about it was liberating — and I've been wearing it this way for eight years now."