...you plan on growing it back again at a later date. Why? Because you go thru' various stages of looking like a burk. I recently decided it was time i got rid of my shaved head (my fiancee wants a "sensible" haircut for my wedding), and here's what I'm having to endure: 1) the "just about too long to look neat" phase; 1-2 weeks since last shave At this stage, your hair is looking a little scruffy, and there's nothing you can do about it. because your hair was so short, its now growing back in various different directions, its about 1cm long, gets tufty in the morning, then gets flat and weird looking by the end of the day 2) the "matchstick" phase; 4-6 weeks since last shave By this time, your hair has decided which direction its growing in. Its still too short to go get a "tidy it up" haircut (1.5-2cm), so it just sticks out at 90 degrees from your head. You look even more like a matchstick if you have red hair. Its also the stage where the dreaded "neck beard" looks its worst, almost like a mullet, almost like misplaced pubic hair - generally just nasty looking 3a) the "army issue", "flat-top" or "vanilla ice" stage; 6-10 weeks In the army, people have to have the back and sides of their head very short. The top of their head is their own to do with as they please. This is the situation you'll find yourself in 6-8 weeks since you last shaved your head (unless you choose to stick out the matchstick phase further, see 3b). You have to get the back and sides done, but you are very limited as to what you can do with the top. Chances are, you'll come out with a flat top. Not nice. It is, however, the beginning of the end. I myself am currently tortured by this stage 3b) The "yeti" stage; 6-10 weeks Perhaps the most disturbing period of the whole ordeal, and should only be endured if you are completely turned off the idea of having a flat top. Individual cases vary, but you will innevitably look like a yeti. Your hair curls round into your earholes, folds down onto your forhead, curls round from your neck towards your ears, and your neckbeard descends down past your collar. A truly frightening appearance is achieved. That said, it is also the beginning of the end. 4) Freedom! 10 weeks onwards By this time you should be free from the chains of bad haircuts. Your hair should be a blank canvas to any competant barber (such as the european chap on cemetary junction). From here, you choose the future of your hair!