Let me first be clear by saying that I shaved my head before Kristen Stewart did. I’m flattered that she copied me and, to be frank, if she wants to get lunch to talk about it that’s fine with me also. But I nixed my hair first, Kristen.
Oddly enough, the initial idea to buzz my head actually came from Justin Bieber because, like the good lesbian I am, the two of us have had mostly identical hairstyles since 2010. We both had the floppy swoosh bangs of his “Baby” days as well as the short on sides, long on top “Boyfriend” cut, and we both even went blonde at the same time. (I’ll admit that he did it better — don’t ask me for pictures to prove it, though.) More or less, Biebs is who I look to for hair guidance. Naturally, when he shaved his head, I knew it was only a matter of time for me.
In addition to emulating JB, I also was in search of an easier routine. Before I buzzed my head, I had to meticulously sculpt my hair around with pomade (Grant’s Golden Brand is the best) before heading out every morning. I wanted more time to lie in bed and check Twitter in the morning, so buzzing off my hair seemed like a good solution. I soon realized that I was incorrect in my assumption that this cut would be totally fuss-free.
Turns out, even if you buzz off your hair, you still have a scalp. And now your scalp is pretty out in the open, so things like dandruff are even more visible. Getting a buzz cut forced me to find the right products that worked for my head — products that I probably should’ve been using this entire time. And yes, I still use both shampoo and conditioner. Heads need shampoo and conditioner. (PSA: This means absolutely no shampoo-conditioner combos. They’re the sporks of beauty products. Don’t ruin two perfectly good things by combining them into one terrible one.)
My go-to shampoo and conditioner are from Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day line. I can’t get enough of how good it smells or how clean it makes me feel. I shower in the mornings, so something that makes me feel awake and put together yet simultaneously really comfy is what I look for. I also use Malin + Goetz’s dandruff shampoo now and then — I find that it’s nice to surprise my scalp every blue moon with a formula that is specifically focused on flakes.
But wait, there’s more! I’m also fond of Kiehl’s Deep Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment every once in a while. Exfoliating is so important for your skin, which includes your scalp. I exfoliate every body part that can be exfoliated. At this point, I consider exfoliating to be one of my major hobbies. When you buzz your head, people ask to touch it all the time. I like the attention so I say yes, but that means I need the products to clean it after.
As far as shaving, I have to do it often. I’d recommend getting your own buzzer because going to a barber every two weeks can get expensive, and I’d also recommend having a roommate who’s good at buzzing your hair if you’re half as inflexible as I am. While I wish I could buzz my own head like movie characters after they go through a breakup, I much more so wish for a good haircut.
Another aspect that I didn’t account for: just how much my face would be emphasized without my hair acting as a distraction. I seriously upped my face game after getting a buzz cut. I religiously use what I have found to be the most simple, yet effective products I could find, after almost 20 complete routine and brand overhauls. In the morning: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, and a Kiehl’s BB Cream with SPF 50 (if you’re not using sunscreen every day, I cannot be friends with you). In the evening, I use Ultra Facial Cleanser, CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery. Something I’ve learned with my new routine: serums make you feel like a scientist. Move over, Bill Nye, I’ve got some skin-care lessons to teach.
Thinking of going short? Here’s my advice: DO. IT. In fact, I’d recommend a buzz cut to anyone. Especially women, because you can pretend you’re Sinead O’Connor. It forces me to put the effort into my scalp that it needs but allows me to jump out of bed in the morning without burning myself with heat tools or getting hairspray all over me. It’s more work than I expected, but still notably less than countless other haircuts. I think Justin Bieber would agree, and he’s more than welcome to discuss over lunch with Kristen and me.
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