Women of MR: Looking for some advice, please!

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  1. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    I guess men can comment as well but I can pretty much envision the kind of responses I'd get. ;) Anyway, I was born a woman and I do identify as a woman... but I am so sick and tired of dealing w/ "womanly" hair!

    I'm starting to seriouisly think about shaving my hair off. Not bald, clean, shiny head... just, set to like, a 1 or maybe a 0.

    Don't you think it'd be nice to be able to motor w/ the windows down and not hafta give a second thought about that wind tearing apart your carefully-one-hour-session-sculpted-hairdo?

    The thing is... I am a bit too aware of others' impressions and I don't want to be mistaken as "butch" because, A) I'm not, and B) I'm hetero, and C) I'm not butch! So what do you ladies, think?
  2. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Or just go for a 'do' that doesn't require an hour of careful sculpting? Or get into the Audrey Hepburn look and wear a scarf... I just go for the longish, tousled look these days!

    Personally, I wouldn't go for my hair that short. I've had it pretty short in the past but you almost need to invest more in haircuts since you need it really well done to avoid if you're skinny looking like a prisoner of war, or if too chubby-cheeked looking like a bowling ball..
  3. devilot thread starter Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Thanks for the quick reply. Hee... chubby-cheeked bowling ball would be me. Sigh. Yeah, my hair right now is just about chin-length; it does require trims, but my thought w/ shaving was that if it's allover, I can entrust my boyfriend to shave my head for me whenever I need a trim. Not to mention, all the fun and funky wigs I could wear! Hot pink one day, lime green another... really lonog and curly hair or simple bobs; ah the freedom of choice.

    I just told my mom about my idea: she freaked out. Woops. hehe. Oh well, my hair, my head, my choice!
  4. Lau Guest

    I think some women can totally get away with it, and look fabulous, but some look really awful. The only way to find out is to try it, unfortunately, although if you've got a kind of cute pixie face you'll probably suit having very short hair.

    I, sadly, don't suit it at all, but I loved having really short hair. I had it really short and cropped for a fair while. However my squarish, slightly chubby face shape looked gross with it, and cause I dress quite boyishly I looked really butch and scruffy. But until recently I had it as long as I needed it to look good, but still a 'short' haircut, which meant I actually looked female, but still didn't have to make much effort. Now I seem to have inadvertently grown a massive curly mop (see profile pic), but that's more out of laziness.

    What about having it really short, but not actually shaved? A good hairdresser can make a really short cut (even like 1cm) still look styled by cutting it well, and it'll last a while. Also, hairdressers can be quite helpful about what suits your face shape. Mine told me that I needed a bit of hair showing behind my ears (cough-MULLET!-cough), which is definitely right, and as long as I keep to that I can get away with a short haircut that I wouldn't have done otherwise.

    If you're anything like me (which by the fact that you're considering it means you may well be), i.e. less precious about your hair than some why not give it a shot? It'll be an inch long in a month if you don't like it, and then you could get a short styled thing going on....
  5. stridey macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2005
    Massachusetts, Connecticut
    Plus, as an added bonus, you'll need to spend SO MUCH less time in the shower! As a guy with long hair, it's the only part I miss about having short hair.
  6. pulsewidth947 macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2005
    I just wanna throw in my 2¢. If its something you want doing, get it done. Its only hair, if it doesnt suit you wear a hat while it grows back - thats what I did.

    I can understand what you are saying about it making you look butch, but providing you are happy with the way you look, try not to care what other people think - if people choose to judge you on the basis of your look, then its their problem not yours.

    I personally think girls with short hair look just as beautiful if it suits them :)
  7. devilot thread starter Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    That is really really good advice. Thank you so much. I think I will pop into my usual hair place and ask, "How short can I go?"

    Yeah I really do have a chubby face... lemme insert a pic for reference, my hair is a little different now but this is my most recent pic:
  8. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
  9. devilot thread starter Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Growing up, I had the biggest crush on him! "I pity the fool!"
  10. Zachariah macrumors member

    May 10, 2005
    (I'm a guy, but don't hold that against me :))

    as long as the rest of you is womanly (clothes, etc) then no one that matters will mistake you for butch

    bald is sexy
    (even on women)
  11. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    Sorry I disagree. If you go bald, you might be mistaken for Telly Savalas. Unless that's your idea of getting attention, a girl with short locks is definitely hot.
  12. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Dunno, devilot, I'd have a hard time seeing it on you. I totally agree with Lau -- there are some women who can look incredibly good with a buzz cut. Actually, same for men. I really like your hair the way it is in the picture, but I totally know what you mean about having to worry about it getting messed up all the time. :(

    But then, too, people look good when they're comfortable. If you buzzed your hair and you loved it, and it made you happy, that happiness would show on the outside and it would make you look good. So that's something to take into account too.
  13. topicolo macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2002
    Ottawa, ON
    devilot76: I think you have already sort of decided what type of hairstyle you want but you may be a little hesitant about reactions from other people.

    my advice: Do what you want to do and don't give a damn about what others think about you. Have fun and enjoy it ;-). It's your life and you can always use a little extra independence from the opinions of others.

    cheers :)
  14. devilot thread starter Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Thanks for all the comments guys, er, people!

    Topicolo: thanks for the well-meaning words, but I haven't really decided on a hairstyle yet. I just know that I would love something shorter than what I currently have but from everyone's helpful input I've broadened my idea of potential styles.

    *Sniff* You guys are all so sweet! haha. I feel like I should gather you all up in a group hug... all this uber-supportive talk about being happy w/ your own self-image. Who needs meds or shrinks, when you got the MR community? ;)
  15. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    buzz cut on a girl can be sexy. Natalie Portman looked really good with super-short hair. I know you might say "but she's Natalie Portman!" but I think she looked good even for her. ;)

    I think you can definitely pull it off without looking "butch" but it depends on how you dress and maybe even more importantly, how you carry yourself.
  16. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    go for a suedehead ;) in the 4 - 8 range... that way you can still punk it up with some fudge. ;)
  17. Lau Guest

    Hey, devilot76, you don't have a chubby face! i think you'd look better than I did with really short hair, but the similarity between our face shapes is that we both have quite wide faces (I mean this in the nicest possible way, by the way!). And I found out that, oddly, people with wide faces suit wide haircuts. The reason that your haircut looks great (and it does) is because it's got quite a lot of hair at the sides, which you wouldn't have if you shaved it all orf.

    I reckon a sorta chunky modern shortish cut with not too short hair at the sides would look great. Especially with some colour in it like in your pic! I found this picture on Google. I reckon it could actually be shorter than this, and it's a bit 'salony', but but it's a good example of how having short hair with a bit of length in the sides can still look good. And when my hair was this short it took about 2 seconds to style, and dried almost instantly.

    Ooh, you've inspired me to cut my hair now. <Runs off to find scissors>

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  18. mcarnes macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2004
    USA! USA!
    Your hair might be getting in your face because you have long bangs (when driving with the windows down, etc). Maybe try a cut with short bangs? Those haircuts can look really cute on asian girls. I don't think shaving your head would look good.

    I'm asian myself and went the opposite direction you did. I had long hair in medical school because I just didn't have time to style it everyday. It was easier to just tie it back in a pony tail and not deal with it. I'm a doctor now so am back to short hair again. :p
  19. redeye be macrumors 65816

    redeye be

    Jan 27, 2005
    If you go for the 1 cm or less trimmed cut, plz be careful when asking your boyfriend to cut it for you. Ten years back both my older sister and i had those cuts and we trimmed each-others hair.
    One day in the bathroom when trimming away on my head she goes 'Woops'. I say 'What??'. She goes 'Nothing, i'll just finish this up, but i don't think i want my hair cut today'.

    Good luck on deciding.
  20. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    devilot76, have you considered Photoshopping (or having somebody Photoshop) your photo to see how you'd look with less or little hair? It's easier to undo with Photoshop than it is with scissors.
  21. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I'm sure you will look terrific... please post an after pic to show us the result!

    Woof, Woof - Dawg
  22. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    Man, but gay, so my advice might be helpful :) my mom just went through a phase like this-- decided her hair, which had been long for her whole life, was just TOO MUCH TO DEAL WITH. Chopped it down to an inch. i can empathize, i occasionally grow my hair out, but usually give up (i just cut my shoulder-length hair back to short). So anyway, OK. You sound like you're really focused on the idea of shaved/very close. Traditionally a shaved female head has denoted a lesbian or cancer patient, obviously that's what you're afraid of. But there's a couple of factors here. First, that stereotype (and most others related to "gay/straight") is quickly dying. In fact the last 2 women I've seen with totally shaved heads were both straight, I just don't think there's a line anymore (the same way, men can pay attention to their appearance and not be considered gay anymore). So I think it's not something to be too afraid of: the world is changing quickly. Now the second part is just the general, how will people react? Personally I've always loved that part. My hair is bleach-blonde now, like white, which I know does not please people at work (or some of my family). But it's what I wanted to do, and I love it! Life is short, I think in the long-run, you'll be happier for taking the risk...

    so I want to see pictures, but I'm sure you'll look great :)
  23. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    There's also this bit of software you could try the trial version of – I've never used it myself so I can't vouch for whether it's any good or not, although the colours on the web page look very lifelike. ;)

    In any case, I second MacDawg's request for an after pic to see what you decide on!
  24. Xtremehkr macrumors 68000


    Jul 4, 2004

    It works for Natalie. It may be exciting to go with something bold every now and then.
  25. corywoolf macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2004
    I can't stand how everyone always has to be so poilitcally correct these days. The person obviously didn't mean it in a harsh way, they probably just meant a Chemo patient that loses their hair, and the only reason you guys get offended is because you think of it in a pestimistic way. I'm sure if the person wanted to mean it in a bad way, they could have said something like "you don't want to look like one of those ugly cancer patients" the person never said ugly. Its all in your head. Don't pounce on every little detail. Be honest, most people think of a cancer patient who takes chemo when they see a totally bald head, especially on a women. Its not good to stereotype, but its not realistic to always be politically correct on every nit pick detail. I don't mean for this to even turn into a argument over stereotypes or whether or not your offended.

    just keep that in mind ;)
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