I Shaved Half My Hair Off, And Have No Regrets

I Shaved Half My Hair Off, And Have No Regrets

After years of back-and-forth, I gave myself a sidecut and am in LOVE.

For the last few years, I have been obsessed with looking at the latest trends in Tumblr-famous hairstyles and fashion. What wanna-be-scene-kid wasn't obsessed at one point or another?

Last year, I box dyed my hair (red, for the record) for the first time ever. Then I dyed it purple and I've loved the freedom. It was the crazy stuff I had never done in high school, and I was living off the simple thrill.

And then, I did it. I bought a pair of hair clippers, watched a few YouTube tutorials, and I gave myself a sidecut (or side shave, whichever term you prefer).

I Mc-Freaking-Love it.

I had gone back-and-forth on whether or not I wanted to cut my hair for well over four years. The past few months I really started considering it though. I was in college, living the dream in debt and drowning in caffeine, so what was stopping me? Nothing.

So I did it. Some people were unsure if I should. Some people straight-up told me to not do it. I'd surely regret it. It was unprofessional. It wasn't going to look good. People were going to think it looked awful. I definitely shouldn't do it myself.

If anyone knows me, they know I live for defying people's expectations. I absolutely thrived off this.

It's been over a week now, and I am still as in love with my haircut now as I was when I first shaved it. I can completely cover it by parting my hair down the middle if I need to, but I don't plan on hiding it or growing it back out anytime soon.

A week later and I already have a considerable amount of grow out, but I expected that since my hair grows ridiculously fast. Since I bit the bullet and shaved it myself, it will not be hard to shorten it up once every other week or so.

To anyone considering getting this haircut — do it. Do it do it do it. I cannot say this enough. It's hair! Do what you want, no matter how much you are afraid you could possibly regret it. It grows back, you can re-dye it, and there are a ton of cute beanies and hats out there if you need them.

Live on the edge and live to the fullest. Y'all got this.

Cover Image Credit: Mallorie Jordan

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What To Expect For Your First Brazilian Wax

Be informed and do it right the first time!


It's going to hurt like hell, you're going to swear to yourself you're never going to go through with it again, and that you've betrayed your razor. Just like the pain, these feelings will subside.

Before The Appointment.

First things first girl, you must let your hair grow out very long. Ideally, it should be longer than a grain of rice. Absolutely do not shave two to three weeks before since the wax will have a harder time gripping onto short hair, likely leaving it behind. When I hear Brazilian, I think bare. Hairs left behind defies the whole point of a Brazilian, so please just wait.

Next, you should exfoliate the area a day or two before your appointment. Exfoliation will remove the dead skin around the follicle, making hair removal a tad easier.

Right Before.

Now, it's the day of your long-awaited Brazilian appointment. Shower, which is self-explanatory and a nice gesture for your dignity and much appreciated from your esthetician, though do not exfoliate. That will irritate the area before the waxing even begins. It will help to take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. Yes, it will still hurt, but it will help.

During The Wax.

During the session, relax. Your esthetician should guide you in deep breaths and knows techniques to minimize the pain.

Personally, I love going to the salon because it's like a free therapy session. You can vent and talk about anything and they'll likely listen and give you their opinion, or silently judge. They're already seeing every bit of you, so nothing seems off the table, but proceed with caution and just be yourself.

When the wax is over, they will apply a cooling crème, gel, oil, or other product to soothe the stressed skin.

After Care.

After the appointment, it's crucial to be aware that everyone's skin heals at different rates. It's also likely you will develop little white bumps from waxing. To inhibit ingrown hairs from forming, I've found that applying Thayer's witch hazel, or another witch-hazel toner without alcohol helps the healing process immensely. Then, top it with a hydrocortisone cream. It helps with redness and swelling. If you don't have witch hazel, that's perfectly fine. Just proceed with hydrocortisone cream and an ice pack if needed.

I'm aware that these after-care instructions make a Brazilian sound like a terrible self-inflicted experience, but I can assure you'll be going back for more. After the bumps subside, you will love the smooth skin, the ability to hit the pool without the worry of "Did I shave?" In a way, I'd compare the experience to giving birth, but way less painful. Yes, it hurts, but women are strong. They become pros at childbirth, and soon, you'll become a pro at Brazilians.

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