I Woke Up Like This

STORY AND PHOTOS BY: PRISCILLA AGUILERA

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Women's hair  

has been symbolic in literature and media for centuries. 

If a woman lets down her hair, she is loose and ready to seduce men. If her hair is worn back tightly she is considered a prude and uptight. We live in the year 2018 and women these days are bad-ass and don’t care what their hair symbolizes.

More and more women are opting for the buzzed haircut and the looks they are serving are so inspirational. If we dig into the archives of fashion history we see names like Grace Jones, Demi Moore, Sigourney Weaver and Sinead O’connor all shaving their heads and looking fabulous.

Now we have actresses like Cara Delevingne, Zoe Kravitz, Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Keke Palmer sporting the buzz cut. Finding even more buzzed editorial inspiration from models like Adwoa Aboah (who has just been crowned model of the year), Slick Woods, Amber Rose,  Ruth Bell, and Jazzelle Zanaughtti.

Curious if making the big cut is for you?  I talked to two fierce buzzed hair babes who guided me through their experiences in cutting off all their hair. They revealed so many interesting facts about having no hair ( like how it’s actually a lot of upkeep). More surprisingly, they will give you an interesting insight on beauty, feminism and confidence. First up I talked to Journalism senior at CSULB, Nicole Fish.

DIG: How did you decide to go for the buzzed haircut?

NF:   One reason is because I’m lazy, you just wake up in the morning and your hair is already perfect. Two, I think it looks good. I always wanted to know if I could pull it off and look good. Three, I’m gender fluid so, it just made sense. I never worried if people wondered if I was a boy or masculine, I’m fine with that, it just works!

DIG: Cutting your hair that short is seen as a big deal in society and shocking to some, did you receive any backlash from friends or family after the cut?

N.F: When I first started to cut my hair short my dad said, ‘Nicole are you a lesbian?’ First of all I had a boyfriend at the time, so no.. [giggles]. But then I had to explain to my parents that I’m genderfluid, I’ll have short hair, I’ll have long hair it’s just the way that I choose to express myself. I don’t feel like I’m making such a big statement by shaving my head.

I also approached Katie Martinson, a barista and college student from Lake Forrest who had just recently buzzed her hair for the first time this month.

DIG: Before you shaved your head, what did you think about other women with buzzed hair?

K.M: I thought they looked cool. The thought of getting rid of something seen as feminine is bold. It makes a statement.

DIG: It definitely does make a statement, what about the style statement inspired you?

K.M: It's effortlessly cool. Without having to do anything, you're saying a lot about who you are and what you stand for.

DIG: Do you feel any regret or excitement after cutting off all your hair?

K.M.: I don't regret it. The excitement was there at first. Seeing the reactions from my friends and family was really fun. Now that it has been a few weeks, the excitement is gone and it feels normal.

DIG: Have you received any unwanted comments about your hair? What did these people say to you?

K.M: Yes. No one has blatantly said anything rude to me. I have, however, received comments along the lines of, "Wow, you're so brave! It's so inspiring that you don't really care what you look like."

DIG: Woah, back handed compliments suck! How do you like your hair now? Do you want to keep it this way for a while or are you anxious to grow it back out?

I am not really sure what I want. I initially wanted to keep shaving it, but it grows fast so it ends up being a lot of work. At the same time, I do like the look of it and not having to do anything to my hair in the morning.


No matter what you hair looks like, the style doesn’t define you or make you a symbolic of something else. Getting a daring haircut is just another form of self expression the same as painting a picture or wearing crazy socks. If you want to rock the look too I encourage it, trying new things is scary but ultimately will teach you a little more about yourself and the world you live in.

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