People think that when a woman cuts off her hair, it means something is wrong. “I think she’s going through a rough time,” they whisper. They try to pinpoint the trauma—”it was that boyfriend who broke up with her” or “I think she might have had an eating disorder.” Women are supposed to be attached to their hair, and their hair is supposed to be attached to them. It’s one of the most obvious signs of femininity and if a woman shaves it all off, she either has cancer, is majorly depressed, or is rebelling against society.
My decision to buzz my hair was not for any of those reasons. I am not dying of anything. I’m not that rebellious. And to be honest with you, I am happier right now than I have ever been—I love my work, I love my husband, I love my mom, I love my friends. While the women around me tend to have long, lustrous locks, somehow that just didn’t seem like “me.”
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How can you tell George Costanza is entering a room? From the little bit of light shining off his bald spot. Sure, it might not be the most desirable characteristic, but it made the otherwise-horrible George slightly endearing. So we were kind of shocked when, last week, actor Jason Alexander showed up to an event … with a full head of hair. The thing is, we know Jason in his natural state. And so can assume he must have done Hair Club For Men or some such thing. And still, with hair, he just doesn’t look right. [The Daily What]
This got me thinking—some guys are just meant to be bald. When they grow in hair, it just looks wrong. After the jump, prime examples.
In April, Jake Gyllenhaal went bald for his role as an LAPD office in “End of Watch.” Then Joseph Gordon-Levitt shaved his head onscreen in the trailer for “50/50,” while Channing Tatum was spotted sans hair after beginning to film “GI Joe 2: Cobra Strikes.” Now, we have a new member of the Chrome Dome Club. Keep reading »
There are some guys that look totally doofy with hair. But then there is another breed of guy who looks silly without it. Take, for example, Jake Gyllenhaal, who has shaved his head for his role as a cop in the movie “End of Watch.” Maybe it will look a little better when his dome gets a little more sun? [People] Keep reading »
I love it when a beauty pageant doesn’t push a tired, old beauty standard! This weekend, the 2011 Mrs. Black North Carolina pageant crowned the state’s very first bald beauty queen. Sandra Dubose-Gibson, 37, lost all her hair at age 25 when she developed alopecia, an autoimmune disease that attacks the hair follicles. Sandra, who works as a singer and an inspirational speaker, says she wants to continue to spread her message of embracing inner beauty, which she found once she accepted that her hair did not define her. That’s the kind of pageant message I can actually get behind.
After the jump, check out a music video for her song “I’m Beautiful,” which shows Sandra venturing out in the world with a bald head for the very first time: Keep reading »
Last night, Jimmy Kimmel set out to answer a very important question: what would Justin Bieber be without his signature hair? So he had everyone’s favorite tweenage dream wear a bald cap. “I think maybe it’s gonna help me be more aerodynamic on the basketball court,” said Justin. “People will just focus on my beautiful, silky-smooth lyrics.” After the jump, check out a clip if the image just isn’t enough for you. Keep reading »
Miss Delaware, Kayla Martell, one of the ladies competing for the Miss America title this week, believes she has a leg up on her fellow competitors … her baldness. Suffering from a rare form of alopecia, Kayla started losing her hair in her early teens. “By the time I was 13, my hair was out completely. The thought of getting a wig never crossed my mind at all. My mother first brought up the suggestion and brought home this awful brown wig. I don’t know why, because I’m naturally blond and everyone in my family is blond. I wore it to school, but took it off in the middle of the day, put it in my backpack and never looked back,” she explained. Keep reading »
When I was 21 I was diagnosed with cancer. It really sucked – and not just because of the whole “life-threatening disease” thing. My prognosis was good, as my doctors had caught it early and the type I had was considered extremely treatable. The worst part about cancer was the wrench it threw in my plans. At the time of my diagnosis, I had just started an amazing internship where I was required to work anywhere between 40 and 60 hours a week. My 22nd birthday was three weeks away. Summer had just started and I’d had big plans to work hard all day and play hard at night. In short, multiple surgeries and months of hospital visits was not what I had in mind. In the end, though, cancer might have been the best thing that ever happened to me. Keep reading »