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I shaved my head for the first time right before starting beauty school. I’d gotten a terrible haircut and decided it was better to start over. I’d had pixie cuts before, but bald was something else. I felt naked. At first I was sure I looked like a man. I had a love hate relationship with my bold new look, it made me feel powerful, but not pretty. Years later I shaved my head again, and then again. Each time I experienced a strange mix of empowerment and vulnerability. A shaved head can be a stand against cultural beauty ideals or a way of flaunting natural beauty for women who are blessed with conventional prettiness. I personally love androgyny, but I also understand that it doesn’t work for everyone. What do you think about buzz cuts on women? Click the notes to see more examples. –– Laura Martin 

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(Instagram user @ruthnotmay) This model’s porcelain skin and pale hair soften the look.

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(Instagram user @krisforreal) Another blonde, but this look feels more severe.

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(Instagram user@soekie) Cherry red lipstick adds a feminine touch.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter  @LarMarStyle   

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