Fashionable! Hair Baldie and Stylish.. Hair less is more.
In hair fashion styling, the coif, the curl, the swirl and the bounce are the industry standards of hair beauty. The newest hair fashion statement to generate “buzz” and attention on fashion runways, and beauty magazines with regard to hair styles is highlighted in the ‘hair less ‘ is more look.
When Anya Ayoung-Chee , the winner of Project Runway’s ninth season in 2011, sported her shaved hair style look, the world of beauty and fashion took notice. In all parts of the world, women baldies are said to be bold and daring and often provocative. Starting with Grace Jones, the iconic Jamaican model with the Wilhemina Modelling Agency, during the 1970s, the baldie look was her most prized attribute. “The Parisian fashion scene was receptive to Jones’s unusual androgynous, bold, dark-skinned appearance” writes Wikipedia. .http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Jones The unconventionally short cropped, androgenous look of female baldness elicits looks of question and scrutiny. Baldies’ sexuality is food for fodder. Baldies are in opinion circles, the antithesis of traditional femininity.
The hair obsession story is the romanticized idea of Westernized beauty. Hair is the crowning glory. The fairy tale Rapunzel story of the love affair with long ropes of hair has been a fixation of many cultures, for eons. Throughout history goddesses of love and rapture, from Aphrodite to Cleopatra, have been portrayed with their sweeping lengths of hair. Hair equals love. “Hair” brings love. The fairy tale is the deception of the long hair follicles; oh no! Chronicles.
As the dawning of the post Civil Rights years emerged, we see the faces and the looks of model portrayals of women of the world, in color and contrast. One of the earliest of women pioneers for the shortest pixie cut was Twiggy, the London based fashion debutante of the swinging sixties. She revolutionized the look of the model industry with her clipped short, blonde hair style. In 1995, Alec Wek, the South Sudanese model, was the modeling industry catwalk sensation, with her Nubian, black, flawless skin and her signature scalped baldie. Ms. Wek flaunts her baldie look with dramatic ownership and confident authority. She is the original poster gorgeousness of a baldie. One of my favorite hip hop media beauties who wears her baldie with panache and photogenic signature is Amber Rose.
It took almost 50 years of hair stressing for me to come to out of the hair closet. It was an epiphany to purchase the clippers and find the correct attachment. With ritual delight, every week, I stand before my mirror of contentment, and buzz through the new growth. I experience a feeling of naked exhilaration. I would step into the shower, and feel the water bouncing off my scalp, and embracing every follicle with tender massages. It is deliriously euphoric.
In celebration of all hair styles, I encourage women to experience and experiment with hair and styles that they enjoy. For me, weaves and extensions may transform the wearer into a sultress. But there is time and expense that comes with the luxury of long hair upkeep. Long hair is alluring and fashionable and conventional. Blonde, brunette, redhead, or black, hair is the mane attraction and adds glamour and appeal to accent beauty. Women who wear locs, the natural Rastafarian hairstyle are passionate about the rigor of beauty upkeep. The care for long hair is a commitment of daily exercise, of shampooing, brushing, twisting, braiding, flat ironing, straightening, curling, coloring, and styling. These are just a few requirements of hair maintenance. And that’s just why , I gave up and embraced being a baldie.
The best feature of a baldie is that there is the absolute incredible beauty of likeness. You get full face. You get fierce. You get avant garde. You get individuality. And you know what! you get a honest look at courage. For many, the choice to be bald is not a fashion statement. There is cancer and also disease that cause baldness. These survivors are our hero baldies. My special tribute and dedication to my star baldie hero, #Talia Castellano https://www.facebook.com/angelsfortalia?fref=ts
For me, I have come full circle. Without hair, I have found my inner beauty. Where I was self conscious, I am more confident. Where I felt inferior, I now feel wholesome. As an avowed baldie, I can earnestly say, I found independence and personal fashion freedom.
Baldies are some liberated, styling and global fashionistas. And very courageous, like Talia.