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10 Reasons Every Woman Should Shave Her Head at Least Once

10 Reasons Every Woman Should Shave Her Head at Least Once

I’ll never forget the day I buzzed the hair off my head for the first time; the excitement of watching my hair fall to the floor and then, finally, the sound of the clippers buzzing away what was left in neat little rows. I kept my head buzzed for years, alternating it between a cute bob, then shaving the back of my head into what’s known as a chelsea. Finally, after growing it out for a few months I got the urge to just take it all off and I did.

I think every woman has thought of shaving their hair off at least once in their life. I know that when I went around bald and proud, women of every age and style would come up to me to admire and compliment not only my bold hairstyle but my bravery. When you have no hair on your head, there’s nothing to hide behind – your entire face is out in the open – and there’s something about that that just made me feel good.

There are a lot of different reasons why every woman should shave her head at least once.

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Maintenance

One of the most obvious benefits of having no hair is how easy it is! The time it takes for you to get ready in the morning will most likely be cut in half because you won’t have to style your hair. Of course, you can still dress up your look with a cute headband, hat or scarf!

Cost

As all of us women know, having hair can be expensive! From regular trips to the salon, to the price of products we use, the cost really adds up. If you have a shaved head though, you don’t need to spend any money on it.

Donation

There are a lot of kind, generous people out there you grow their hair out regularly to get it snipped off and donate it to be made into wigs. Of course you don’t have to cut it all off to donate, but the more hair, the longer the wig, so why not try it?

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Raise Money

Then there are people who buzz their heads as a way to raise money for charity. You go around collecting donations leading up to the day you shave your head, and then give that money to a charity, usually for cancer.

Awareness

Donating your hair and raising money are both awesome ways to help people with cancer, but sometimes the simple act of raising awareness can have a huge impact. A lot of people shave their heads when someone close to them is going through chemotherapy. Even if you don’t know anyone personally, the act of doing it to spark conversation and awareness around cancer is a noble one.

Healthy Hair

Of course, there are some people who simply need a fresh start of their own when it comes to their hair. After years of dying, straightening, curling and crimping, hair gets pretty damaged. Sometimes irreparably so. Shaving it off can be the perfect way to get back to healthy hair.

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Something New

A shaved head can definitely be a new hairdo for a lot of women. Even as it begins to grow out you can try a multitude of hairstyles from a cute pixie, to a feisty bob and eventually long, flowing layers. Shaving your head gives you the opportunity to try out a whole slew of new hairstyles!

Summer Ease

Summer can be the greatest season to many, but it’s also extremely damaging to our hair. Sometimes it’s just plain frustrating! Pools can turn our hair green, the sun leaves it dry, and the humidity makes it frizz. Buzzing your head for the summer will take away the stress of a bad hair day, just remember to wear a cute hat!

Confidence

While a lot of women might think that having a shaved head will leave them feeling self-conscious or ugly, I know from experience that it can actually boost your confidence. It’s all about the attitude and how you present yourself, and having a shaved head might just give you that edge you’ve been needing.

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It Feels Awesome!

Finally, having a shaved head feels awesome! It definitely feels freeing, but it also feels awesome, as in literally! You’ll want to rub your fuzzy head all the time!

Featured photo credit: Cole Nemeth via peaceandchaos.com

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Last Updated on June 20, 2019

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

Conclusion

While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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