This is a guest post from Rebecca Neff Brown. She sent me a photo of herself with buzzed hair and I was like, “OH MY GOD, Please write a guest post for me!” Because she is obviously awesome, and because I am a passionate proponent of buzzcuts. I’m letting her introduce herself:
I’m a personal stylist and fat fashion blogger. I live in Seattle, WA with my beardly and amazing husband, Bob, and our little, furry dog named Waffles. Recently I got a buzzcut, and I love it, and now I am going to tell you ALL about it.
I knew it was coming. The buzzcut.
I had grown my hair out for years after a particularly jarring haircut that made me look, in my husband’s words, like a Romulan. After two years of growing it out, it was luscious and long and braidable. I got tired of it and just cut it all off one day. Not buzzed-short, but short. And then I got it cut shorter. Then I buzzed the sides. Then I cut the top shorter…. It was calling to me, the buzzcut. It was only a matter of time before I went all the way.
It was rainy and freezing, and I found an amazing parking spot right across the street from the barber shop where my husband gets his hair cut. I felt like it was destiny, getting a good parking spot like that. The shop wasn’t crowded at all, it was a Thursday afternoon. Out came the clippers with the #4 guard, and off came my hair.
And readers? I love it.
It’s taken away all of my anxiety about my hair, about it not looking right, the annoyance I felt when it got in my face and eyes.
And it’s so easy to deal with! Just wash it and towel dry and it looks the only way it is capable of looking.
So, yeah, daring? Maybe, but I gotta say I kinda love being the fat lady with a buzzcut wearing a super girly outfit. It’s… challenging, somehow.
Also, I feel more comfortable in my own skin, like my hair is no longer a part of my “look”. It’s been taken out of the picture completely. I can wear whatever I want, do whatever I want. Like Kate said back when she cut all her hair off – “It makes me bolder. I look bold, so I begin to act more confident”.
But fat women aren’t supposed to have short hair, right? I’ve read that countless places on the internet and heard it in real life many times, usually spoken in a bit of a wistful tone. Like the woman saying it really wants someone to give her permission to cut her hair short and feel fabulous.
Well, I give you permission, if you need it. Go forth and be awesome with your hair as short as you want it to be! I’ll be cheering you on from here.
Unroast: Today I love the way I look in a super frilly dress and heels with a buzzcut.