Well, my buzzcut has been around for about two weeks now, and I’m loving it! It’s growing rather gracefully, and soon I’ll be back at my normal pixie again…before I shave it again in October for an inevitable Furiosa Halloween costume. Here are five things I’ve learned these past two weeks about having a buzzcut:
1. Both men and women like it
A buzzcut, like a pixie, has a gamine-type appeal that men and women both like. For those afraid of men not finding a buzzcut attractive, fear not, because as a woman who has a lot of male friends, I can tell you that I’ve gotten many compliments from guys I know and trust. And of course my wonderful husband also finds it very cute. I’ve gotten lots of compliments from women as well. It’s been generally well-received by all kinds of people. This kind of gutsy cut communicates confidence to others, and people respond positively to that.
2. Makeup and earrings are more awesome than ever
I actually bought eyeshadow for the first time since I was 18. All these years I’ve relied on eyeliner and some sort of nice lip color at the most, but with a buzzcut, I’m having a lot of fun playing up my big eyes. I’m also wearing big earrings, which are a buzzcut’s best friend. In fact, all my accessories seem to have gotten bigger, more colorful, or more theatrical (like the big sunglasses pictured, which I just got in my most recent Le Parcel box).
3. Scalp sunburns are a real threat
When I was getting the cut done initially, an older female client at the salon came up to me while I was getting my hair washed, and she said, “Hey, so I just wanted to tell you that cut looks great on you. I had one when I was your age. But I need to let you know: put sunscreen on your scalp or you will get horrible sunburns, and then this will happen,” and she turned around to reveal to me a bald spot on the back of her head. Now, I have incredibly thick hair, but I’m not sure if my cut is short enough to necessitate sunscreen. I haven’t worn any yet, and I haven’t felt any burning going on, but I’m completely paranoid and always touching my scalp to make sure it hasn’t happened. How do you apply sunscreen to a longer, very thick buzzcut like this anyway? Do you just rub it into your hair like leave-in conditioner? Now that the weather is heating up, I’m going to have to start doing the sunscreen thing for sure.
4. Hair grows fast
This is why you don’t have to be worried about your hair getting cut too short. Hair grows so fast it’s crazy. Let it do its thing.
5. My hair is insanely healthy right now, you have no idea
My pixie was pretty healthy to begin with, but now with the buzz, the hair is all new growth, and I’m washing it less, so it’s super soft and nice right now.
6. A lot of people tell you how they could never pull it off
People will tell you how great the cut looks on your head, but then go on about how they could never do it because they don’t have the “right” bone structure, or their head is “lumpy,” whatever that means. Sure, buzzcuts do look really good on certain faces, but my response is always: “If it makes you feel like yourself, do it. It doesn’t matter what kind of head or cheekbones you have. If you feel happy with this style, that’s all that matters. And others will pick up on that confidence too.” In the end, “pulling it off” doesn’t stem from what others think of you; it comes from how happy you are with yourself. And if you feel confident, others will think nice things about you, which is an added bonus. But really, it’s all about how you feel!
7. I personally haven’t encountered as much staring and negativity as I thought I would
Before I went for the clippers, I did a little research about buzzcuts on women online. I heard a lot of stories of women getting stared at or people pointing at them, so I was expecting some of that. If it’s happened, I haven’t noticed (and I’m very aware of my surroundings). I think I may have caught a woman staring at me recently, but it doesn’t seem to happen to me all that much. This may be because I live in a part of the US that’s known for openness and eccentricity, or maybe it’s because I only went down to a 4 at the shortest. I may have had a completely different experience if I had an even shorter cut.
I also expected I may get negative comments from some, but I haven’t really encountered much of that yet either. I’ve gotten maybe one or two weird comments, and when I went out one day without makeup an old woman told me “you remind me of my grandson” (still not sure if she was just trying to tell me I was sweet or if her eyesight was going and she thought I was a boy), but in general, if anyone has had something not nice to say, it seems they’ve kept it to themselves. I know for things such as physical appearance, a lot of negative comments will often come from people who don’t know you, and since I don’t really make chit-chat with people I don’t know, that may be why I haven’t gotten a lot of pushback on this haircut. Or maybe people just like it. Who knows?
If you’re thinking of getting a buzzcut, do know that some individuals may make stupid comments about you, or they may stare at you. Feel free to call them out on their ignorance if you feel so inclined.