"I WISH I could just shave it all off,” is a comment I receive fairly often in the salon and is one most women have probably contemplated at some time or other.
Such are the strange fractures in society that it is perfectly acceptable for an African woman to shave her head but not a white one. Although this stereotype does seem to be changing, it has not yet reached the point where it is likely to damage my business.
Still, the list of actresses who have shaved their hair for roles, some with more success than others, is long.
The latest is Scottish actress Karen Gillan who recently shaved her titian tresses to play the villainous Nebula in the upcoming Marvel movie, The Guardians of the Galaxy.
I suspect that she likes the style, too, as she is already looking at a spin-off in which to be involved.
So would I recommend it? Yes it is as hassle free as any hairstyle can get, it’s supposed to be extremely liberating and looks good on a surprising number of woman. But there are one or two exceptions – such as if you have manly features or like wearing masculine clothes.
Being slim and trim helps but I have seen a lot of larger ladies carry-off the style well.
The rules are simple; wear eye make-up, earrings, dresses and keep it short. The biggest problem with ultrashort cuts is that they need to be kept that way or grown out with care. It is during the growing-out phase that you need a trim every two to three weeks (why I am not worried about losing business) to keep the style in shape. Richmond Hill hairstylist SIMON CLARK is gearing up for the Shear Madness cancer shavathon next month Otherwise, as one of my friends said, you end up looking like a white afro gone wrong.
It is also by happy coincidence that I am about to provide any woman toying with the idea of shaving for summer (too hot for hair and all that) with the prefect excuse: Shear Madness for Cancer is a fundraising initiative on November 30 with the proceeds going to the Cancer Association here in Port Elizabeth.
We are hoping to set the world record for the most heads shaved by 10 hairdressers in one hour – and we need you.
The Irish, who hold the record of 318, raised ß1.3- million (R17.5-million, so big shoes to fill) by asking the participants in the attempt to get their friends to sponsor them for taking part. And history shows that ladies (sorry, guys) are much better at doing this.
Another benefit is you tend not have a receding hairline – which would exclude you from the official record attempt – and tend to have thinner hair. This equals a faster cut and better chance to break the record.
To find out more visit www.shearmadness.co.za or www.facebook.com/shearmadnessforcancer