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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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