3 things to think about when going bald

Woman shaving her hair off.
Woman shaving her hair off.
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If Zozi Tunzi's hair influence during her reign as Miss South Africa and Miss Universe is anything to go by, then chances are that our newly crowned Miss South Africa, Shudufhadzo Musida, might just inspire you to go for the big chop. 

It's no secret that opting for a bald head does sometimes feel like it requires courage you might not think you have. Sometimes it can feel like you're letting go of a part of yourself that's defined your look for so long, but here's the beauty about cutting off all your hair: it will grow back! 

And who knows... you might not even want it back after you discover just how well no hair suits you. It's true that a woman who cuts her hair is a woman that's ready to change her life, but sometimes, a woman who cuts her hair is just a woman that's looking to switch things up. 

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Whichever side of the spectrum you fall, here are 3 things you should consider before shaving off your hair.

1.       Get to know your head shape

Your head shape is sometimes a good determiner of how good you’ll look when bald.

“A nice round head shape is often best," Mackenzey Forrey, a stylist at Bumble and Bumble told the website.

"Check for bumps, divots, ridges, and flatness. Face shape is not that important; any person can shave their head if they want," he added.

2.       A bald head still needs maintenance

Many people believe that being going bald means they won’t have to do much to their hair. However, this is incorrect as you’d still have to maintain your hair with a barber/ hair dresser. The good news is that the maintenance might be a lot cheaper than the regular hairstyles you might've gone for before. 

It's recommended that you get a cut every three to four weeks, depending on how fast your hair grows.

3.       It gives a sense of liberation

Forbes suggests that many women have a complicated relationship with their hair, especially because of the admin it comes with, so going bald avoids all of that and gives women an unexplainable sense of  freedom.

“When you don’t have hair, unless you truly hate it, these time-consuming (and energy-draining) moments cease to exist. You have one style. That’s it. Whether you’re going out for a fancy dinner or to an amusement park, your hair is going to look the same. It’s an adjustment, for sure, but there is a sense of freedom that cannot be explained,” writes Jeanne Croteau of Forbes.

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Here’s some bald hair inspiration from women who’ve rocked the hairstyle well and defied beauty norms.

Reigning Miss SA, Shudufhadzo Musida

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