"Bald & Boujie": Tips & Tricks on Working that New Cut
“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life,” is the typical caption that every woman who is embarking on a new hair journey slides under her debut picture on social media. Short hair has been a trend since 2012, but it was just rocking colored pixie cuts and tapered looks. With the new emergence of natural hair in 2015, more women are cutting their hair completely all. There are self-love pages such as “The Cut Life” and “NaturalHairBeauties” on social media that encourage and empower women of color to embrace their natural and short hair.
I personally mustered the courage to cut my hair completely off because of social media. I noticed so many beautiful black women embracing their beauty and being confident in themselves. I knew right then and there that my hair did not define who I was. I had nearly six years of experience with processed short hair. The first time I cut my hair I was in the 8th grade and I continued to wear short-hair throughout high school. However, I maintained my hair by relaxing it every six months and cutting it off whenever I was ready to relax it again. Maintaining a pixie-cut is much different than maintaining a buzz cut. Cutting my hair off opened my eyes completely to a whole new hair routine. Having no hair at all can often be misconstrued as no longer having to do anything to your hair. There were so many things that I learned about short-hair once I cut my hair completely off. If you are new member of the “Bald & Boujie’ club or you’re thinking about joining it, keep reading it:
• Find The Right Barber:Finding a good barber is just as hard as finding a perfect hairstylist. Your boyfriend’s are not lying when they say that they spend at least two hours in the barbershop. Finding a barber is not easy, especially when you don’t have anyone close to you that recommend one. Search around on Instagram and find someone that you might be satisfied with, and go for it. While you’re looking, don’t just go for someone who cuts the best hair. Try to find a barber who can cut both women and men’s hair. Often time, male barbers are only familiar with cutting a man’s hair.
• Cost-Efficiency: Having a buzz cut is not cheap, honey. If you desire to maintain your short-hair there is a price to pay. A typical haircut can vary from $15-$40 depending on the barber. A “shape-up” can be cheaper, but if you are cutting your hair off expect to pay. One tip to note before your trip is to wash your hair. Some places charge extra to wash your hair. Treat it as you would treat the hair salon. You always have to pay extra for something at the end!
• Know what you’re looking for: How you like your hair cut is completely up to you. However, before you decide to cut it, understand what kind of look you are going for. Sometimes a barber will just cut your hair the way they think you want it, and not how you want it. Terminology goes a long way. Familiarize yourself with the types of haircuts such as fades, box cuts, etc.
• Maintenance: Just because you cut your hair off does not mean that you do not have to do anything else to it. Maintenance is key especially when you have a low-cut. Treat you’re newly shaved-do how you would treat any other hairstyle. Wash your hair regularly. If you deep-condition your hair continue to do so. Maintaining your hair will promote growth and it also will train your hair and prepare your beautiful curls that are waiting to sprout. Sleeping with a silk bonnet or scarf is also pivotal. You can still rub your edges out, even if they are shaven.
• Have Fun: the beauty of shaving your hair is that it will grow back every time you cut it. Don’t be afraid to dye it or bleach it. Embrace it!
Article by Unique Ratcliff
cover photo credited to Alissa Ashley