I thought I’d write a list of pros and cons of having a buzz cut now that I’ve had my hair like this for about 6 months.
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When I first got this done, I shaved my hair to a grade 3 which is 3/8 inch of hair and that’s the length you’ll see in the photos for this post. I love having my hair this short, so I have no plans to grow my hair out to the length it used to be!
(But, I did recently try growing the top out a little bit and had the back and sides down to a grade 1!! I decided that I preferred the full buzz look.)
As much as I love my buzzed head though, there are some annoying things about having this hairdo that makes me miss my old hair. But, one of them isn’t being mistaken for a man about four times – I guess it comes with the territory of breaking gender norms.
Here’s my list of pros and cons of having a buzz cut:
1. No Hair Styling Required
An obvious one to start with, but you don’t realise just how much time you save by not having to style your hair before leaving the house. And if you’re a makeup enthusiast like me, you’ll have way more time to spend doing your makeup!
Having a buzz cut means you don’t necessarily need to pay to get your hair done! A DIY job usually does the trick, unless you’re extra like me and want a neat fade. If you do decide to take a trip to the barber, it’s way cheaper than a salon. You also won’t need to spend money on hairstyling products.
Compliments from strangers are so special, and I’ve found that people approach me even more to compliment my hair since I got a buzz cut. I spent a lot of time worrying this cut wouldn’t suit me and once I did it, I realised it wasn’t a big deal and that I still look beautiful!
4. Sex & Hair
You might think that long hair and sex seem like a sexy combo – you’re not wrong. But let’s face it, long hair is only sexy until you realise how inconvenient it is for sex. If you have hair that needs to be tied up in the bedroom, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
5. Challenging Gender Norms & Redefining Femininity
Femininity is frequently tied into how we style our hair. Historically, long hair symbolises femininity, whereas short hair symbolises masculinity. With the buzz cut now mainstream, it’s a sign that women are redefining the perception of femininity. After being mistaken for a man a few times, I reckon it’s also making people think about how they assign gender labels to people.
1. Weekly Maintenance
It’s a myth that hair as short as this is easier to maintain. Yes, your hair is quicker to wash and dry, and you can just hop out of bed and BOOM! You look amazing. BUT, to maintain this hairstyle, you are going to have to commit to cutting it every 1-2 weeks. It can be time-consuming and messy.
2. Bedhead is still a thing… and not in a sexy way
Which leads me nicely onto my second point: if you want to avoid serious bedhead you MUST shave your head every 1-2 weeks. If you’re lazy like me, you’ll be dealing with unsexy bedhead quite a bit and having to wash your hair to fix it.
Your face is exposed to the world with hair like this. There’s no hair to hide behind. Although this hairstyle has boosted my confidence in many ways, in other ways it has made me a bit more insecure. Sometimes I just want to be able to hide my face under my old side fringe when I feel like I’m having an ‘ugly day’ or awkwardly/nervously play with my fringe… and then I remember that I cut my hair off!
4. Makeup application requires extra precision
Uneven wings could be concealed under my side-fringe before I did this, and taking time to really blend out my foundation is now essential – you’ll need to blend like your life depends on it. On days when my makeup is particularly bad or poorly blended, there’s no hiding it.
5. Dandruff/Dry Scalp
I don’t think I had a noticeable issue with dandruff or dry scalp when my hair was longer, but boy did I notice it as soon as I shaved my hair off. Apparently it’s a thing – makes sense since your head is so exposed. I don’t know which one I actually suffer from, but my scalp can get noticeably flaky now and then. If this happens to you, using an anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner should do the trick! (Yes, conditioner may still be required).
I think this is one of my better hair decisions yet, but as with most short styles, it can be slightly annoying to maintain – totally worth it though!
For me, the few pros I mentioned far outweigh the cons. I 100% do not regret my decision to shave my hair off and feel so much more beautiful with my hair this way.
People keep asking me if I’d consider go the whole way and brave the bald look – I’m thinking about it so watch this space!
If you’re thinking about getting a buzz cut, I’d say to go for it! But do it for you and if it feels right for you. Check out my previous post on my experience getting a buzz cut for more buzz cut wisdom.
Have any of the cons I mentioned put you off getting a buzz cut? If you have a buzz cut, were there any pros or cons I missed out that you think I should’ve included? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading x
Jacket – Levi Men’s Sherpa Trucker Jacket
Bralette – Forever 21
Trousers – Rokit
Illamasqua Skina Base Foundation Shade 13
Illamasqu Gel Sculpt in Silhouette
Kat Von D Eyeshadow in Lolita on cheeks and eyes
Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Hawkwind and Lolita on lips
Photos by Ella Patenall, edited by me using GIMP