• Fri, Feb 3 2012

Willow Smith Shaves Head, Demonstrates Actual Beauty Bravery

Listen, I don’t want to undermine The Gloss’ Gallery of Cosmetic Cowardice — first of all, it’s amazing, and second of all, if you look hard enough, you’ll realize that I’m in there, cowardly as ever.

And I especially don’t want to undermine those fine women who submitted their pictures to the XOJane gallery of make-up free heroism, the same gallery that started this week’s unofficial theme of “what constitutes bravery.” But I’m afraid that no matter to which gallery we submitted, we’ve all just been shown up: Willow Smith, 11, has shaved her head.

Ladies, that takes balls. Do we want to call it bravery? I’d certainly argue that it’s braver than forgoing lipstick (or…um…wearing lipstick). Ridding yourself of your hair as a woman (or in this case, a very famous girl) flies in the face of pretty much every beauty expectation, and it actually makes you quite vulnerable. Or at least, that’s how I imagine it would be, because I will be the first to admit that I’ve never tried it. Having a shaved head is a really, really scary idea. Did I mention that Willow is 11?

Anyway, I’m sure that about 1% of you are cracking your knuckles right now and gearing up to tell me about that one time you shaved your head, too, and you will make it seem like my percentages are off because no one is going to be all, “yeah, no, I’ve never shaved my head” in the comments section because that would be a dumb comment. So instead, how about a poll? I’ve just hypothesized (a little exaggeratedly, but I’ll stick by it) that approximately 99% of us have not shaved our heads. I’m not afraid to be wrong.

Sorry! This poll is now closed.

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  • Lindsey

    Shaved my hair and love it. It makes your cheekbones POP and your eyes POP and your jawline look more defined and your shoulder are so much sexier without hair on them. Plus I looked like some sort of badass with all the scars on my beautiful scalp.

    Buuuuuuut. I’m trying to grow it out to have a heteronormative pixie cut or something and it looks like shiiiiit. So, I can shave it again and look cute for a while… or knuckle down for a few months.

  • sara

    Yes I’ve shave my head, but it’s definitely a small percentage of people who have done it.

    @Lindsey: Yes! Yes! It looks SOOOO shitty when it grows out. A perpetual awkward mullet.

  • Amanda Chatel

    Yep, I’ve shaved my head three times in my life.

    Twice because of a break-up and I needed a change, and once because after years of rocking the platinum look, my hair needed a ‘do over.’ Personally, I love it, but I usually keep it pretty short anyway.

  • LCT

    I’m not going to shave it, but I’m gearing up to chop off all of my hair for a Jean Seberg/Emma Watson pixie cut next month, and I’m SOOOO excited! I’ve wanted to do this all my life, but the shortest I’ve gone is a Posh-ish angled bob. My husband is not looking forward to it (his favorite was dark brown, just below the shoulders), but he’s pretty flexible. He always says, “All your hairstyles have looked nice, so I’m sure I’ll like it.”
    But whatev–I’m doing this for me, and it drives me nuts when women don’t even get an inch or two taken off because of their man’s preferences.

    Good to know about the growing-out phases.

    • BeccaTheCyborg

      Haha, that’s the same exact hair I have right now (I actually bring a pic of one or the other when I get it cut from my summer David Tennant-hawk-thing).

      Growing it out does suck ass. On the other hand, mad cute, and so much easier to handle.

  • MM

    I like my own hair long and I’ve never gone shorter than a 20s bob, but I loooove shaved heads on women. It’s super badass and it really highlights a pretty face.

  • Svetlana

    I shaved my head in high school. I had really long hair and my mom was going through chemo. I cut off all my hair and gave it to Locks of Love and then shaved my head for my mom. I learned that I am a phrenologist’s dream with all the bumps on my skull! Now I just rock a fun little pixie cut (for about the last 12-15 years … ).

  • Cameron A.

    I don’t see how shaving your head represents natural beauty, or whatever beauty Willow is trying to make. To me it’s a cry for attention. Natural beauty is what women are naturally born with and for most, it’s a head full of hair. And, if any man objectifies against Willow for shaving her head then they may be ridiculed, which is unjust.

    • Corissia

      Actually, I was born bald, so I guess I can never be a “natural beauty” unless I shave my head. I think your estimates might be off too, because most pictures I see of newborn girls, well, “head full of hair” is not how I’d describe them.

  • Corissia

    It’s always been a fantasy of mine, but I’ve never done it.

  • Fabel

    If I was able to pull it off as well as she is, I’d go for it. Having a mop of hair can be annoying as hell.

  • Alisa

    I had my head shaved between the ages of 9 and 11. I loved it. I was a tomboy and it was fun. Girls should be allowed to do it with out worry of what others think.