Pros and Cons of Having a Buzz Cut

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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.

If you’re a South Asian woman or non-binary person with a buzz cut reading this and interested in sharing your story on this blog, please email me or DM me on Instagram

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:

PROS

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!

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2. Cheaper

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.

3. Compliments

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!

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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.

quirky brown girl

CONS

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.

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3. Insecurities

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!

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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).

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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


Outfit Details:

Jacket – Levi Men’s Sherpa Trucker Jacket

Bralette – Forever 21

Trousers – Rokit

Makeup:

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

9 Replies to “Pros and Cons of Having a Buzz Cut”

  1. Why don’t you try the completely bald look ? You look beautiful with the buzz cut but you will look much better with the bald look.

    1. Naz Toorabally says: Reply

      Hey, thanks for your comment. I’d love to one day – I have since gone down to a grade 1 and will try out the bald look eventually!

  2. I have my hair shaved on the sides and back but may go for something like this. My niece is a barber which is a plus. The compliments from strangers is so true and awesome!

    1. naztoorabally says: Reply

      Do it! That’s so lucky – wish I had a barber in the family 😀 hope you love it if you go for a buzz cut!

  3. I’ve got my hair buzzed down to 3 mm (which is – for as far as Google will tell me – grade 1) and I thought I might share some of my buzz tips with my fellow buzzed gals 🙂

    1. If you have the luxury of a garden, shave outside. Wear a shirt you have to wash anyway so you can throw it in the wash immediately after so you won’t have to deal with the tiny hairs that will inevitably be all over the place. Bring a mirror and the clippers and shave away.
    Pros: no cleanup after, good lighting so you’ll spot missed spots before washing your hair and feeling great with the air on your scalp.

    2. You wrote a tiny sentence about conditioner, and I’d like to elaborate on that. Short hair is coarse, especially hair as short as I have it. A good moisturising conditioner will help both your hair and your scalp. Personally, I use a cheap conditioner for my dry, flaky scalp and because it smells so good, and I’ve really noticed that my hair (whatever’s still left of it) feels so much softer. Everyone wanted to pet me before, now I’m just being pet all the time. My friends use my fuzz as stress relief. Free head massages = good.

    3. Not a tip from myself, but quite an important one. If you wear makeup (I don’t, so I’m just reciting what I hear from fellow buzzed ladies), don’t just blend down onto your neck. Blend onto your ears. Behind your ears. Under your ears, all the way around. There’s no hair hanging there to conceal the different shades. People will notice if your ears are a different colour (which they usually are, but it’s just more noticeable when you’re rocking a buzz), so take those extra two minutes to blend your foundation everywhere.

    4. This one is not really a tip, more of an advice from your buzz mom 🙂
    Although I’m not much of a makeup enthusiast (it takes too much time and I always stab myself in the eyes) I’ve been loving experimenting with different lipstick colours. I used to appreciate a nice nude and a neutral pink every once in a blue moon, now I wear plums and neon pinks and browns and reds. I feel like buzz cuts are perfect to combine with daring makeup because all the focus is on your face. If you like eye makeup, do something with that. Just experiment. You rock an unconventional hairstyle, you might as well go all out and rock a badass look on your face as well.

    For the girls/gals/ladies still unsure whether to get a buzz: you don’t have to go all-in at once! Just ease yourself into it. I went from waist length to shoulder length to short bob to pixie to long buzz (10 mm) to shorter buzz (6 mm) to really short buzz (3 mm and the occasional 2 when I know I’m not going to have the time to shave it again after 3/4 days). And believe me, you’ll love the feeling of the air on your scalp and the little maintenance you’ll have.

    Much love,
    Simone

  4. I love your buzz cut post. As you said in another post, there are not many south asian women posting about their buzz cuts.
    How did you know that the shape of your skull is perfect for a buzz cut?

    1. naztoorabally says: Reply

      Thank you 🙂 I didn’t know! I’ve had short hair for most of my teenage years (sides and back shaved), so I think that made it easier to visualise. My mum actually kept telling me that I have a weird shaped head and that a buzz cut wouldn’t suit me so that made me really nervous, but I decided to go for it anyway. I think our naked heads aren’t nearly as weird as we think and almost anyone can pull off a buzz cut.

      If you get a buzz cut and feel like it’s not right for your head shape, it shouldn’t take too long to grow out (about 6 months) to hide your head under your hair again – hope this helps!

  5. I’ve been rapidly (cutting my hair every 2 weeks) going shorter and shorter. I was going to buzz it this week when a “friend” told me she’d appreciate it if I would wait till after her wedding in 2 months (I’m in the bridal party).
    It made me very angry. So now I’m down to a super short pixie. The next step is buzzing. Seeing this post is really amping me up to just do it. I made a deal with my hairdresser that if I change my mind in a week he will buzz my hair for free.

    I have never felt this sexy, beautiful, and empowered. I can’t even imagine how buzzing my hair will make me feel. Thank you for this post, and your other buzz cut posts. It is really helping me to gain perspective. Also, you are gorgeous and keep on being your bad ass fabulous self.

    1. naztoorabally says: Reply

      Hi Catalina,
      That sounds so fun trying out different short hairstyles in a short space of time. I’ve had a similar experience with my family – sorry you’ve experienced this from a friend!! It’s very sad that people still think that having short hair or a buzz cut isn’t attractive or “feminine”. You should be able to have your hair however you want as long as it makes you feel good!

      I’m glad seeing this post has helped you and great deal from your hairdresser! I’d love to see your buzz cut after so please send me photos via email or my instagram is @naztoorabally I’m exactly the kind of person who would buzz my hair straight away especially after being told not to haha

      I’m so pleased that having short hair has made you feel sexy, beautiful, and empowered. I’m sure getting a buzz cut will amplify those feelings – I’m so excited for you!

      Thanks so much for reading and for your kind words xx

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