How to make shaving your head more fun

I decided to embrace my hair loss as much as I could, instead of fighting it, so I shaved my head after my second chemo session. If you’re keeping track, that’s the day after my first date with Ilan and just after I started noticing hair loss. Taking intentional action definitely made me feel like I had a little more control over the situation.

In an intentional attempt to make it fun rather than traumatic though, I had two of my best friends come over to my house and set up shop with my mom there too. We laid a bed sheet on my kitchen floor, got the country music playing and set up a camera to capture everything.

It was a lot more fun than I anticipated. We decided to try various hairstyles throughout the process so we started with cutting my hair shoulder length, shaved a small part for that edgy look, made a mohawk and then eventually went all in with the final shave. We had a blast and I wasn’t even worried about the final result. 

In the end, my head was shaped pretty well (thanks mom & dad for rotating me properly as a NICU baby!) but it was so incredibly white that I called myself a snow-capped mountain. Another possible traumatic experience turned into a fond memory and I’ll take that win!

Here are my top 5 tips to making shaving your head a more positive experience:

  1. Have your support system with you
  2. Enjoy your favorite genre of music
  3. Play around with different hairstyles as you keep cutting shorter
  4. Outfit changes to match the various hairstyles
  5. Capture the memories! 
Snow-capped mountain!
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