A major trend for 2018 is having a shaved hairstyle. Yep, even for women. That’s why we are putting together this guide to the best shaved hairstyles for women — including the top 10 styles for 2018, testimonies from women with shaved hairstyles, and the best equipment to use if you want to shave your head at home.

A shaved hairstyle is a huge step to make — especially if you’re a woman! It goes against the status quo, but it can be so inspiring and freeing to change your hair up in such a drastic way.

So ladies, if you’re considering shaving your hair off this year, or at least shaving part of it, keep reading for some inspiration, tips, and tricks!

Top 10 Shaved Hairstyles for Women from 2018

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Testimonies from Women with Shaved Hairstyles: Why Should You Do It?

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“Ever since I was pretty young, I wanted to shave my head. A) It’s badass, B) What woman can say, ‘Yeah, of course I’ve shaved my head, haven’t you?,’ and C) It’s just so much easier to manage than my curly locks.

During middle school, you hear girls say things like, ‘Would you shave your head for a million dollars?’ and I always thought to myself… who is really so vain that they would not deal with short hair for three months in exchange for a million dollars?! But I seem to be the only one with this opinion, therefore I must be the crazy one.

Ultimately, I made the decision to do it when I was on Semester at Sea and it became socially acceptable during an equator crossing ceremony. Basically, I’d always been waiting for the opportunity, and when it became an actual option that didn’t also equate me to Britney Spears circa 2007, I took the leap.

I loved it. It immediately cut my shower time from 20 minutes to six. My getting ready time cut from over an hour to five minutes. And I noticed the change in how people responded to me. In South Africa, I was asked if I was a model. While in India, people gave me understanding, empathetic eyes, as widowed women in India shave their heads during mourning. In China, I was pushed out of the line for the ladies’ room. As for the United States, I was assumed to be a lesbian. It fortified my own understanding of who I was, regardless of how people responded. And it showed some folks’ true colors, as the people I knew before I shaved my head treated me differently after such a simple change in my appearance. 

Would I do it again? Sure! I don’t now, because I am experimenting with my own natural hair and my husband prefers me with longer, curly hair… But it’s definitely not out of the question.”

Sharon, Founder of Go Love Yourself

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“My name is Kate and I recently started sporting a partially shaved head. It came about because I’m an actress and a producer decided to color my hair red for a role I did. I didn’t want to maintain the dye job, however, so instead of have it grow out tragically, I shaved the sides and allowed the top to have an ombre effect for a bit.

I LOVE IT!

First of all, I feel so free.

Secondly, whereas I’ve been a mostly invisible middle-aged woman for the past few years, this has brought me notice. Other women are envious that I had the nerve to ‘go for it,’ and men seem to treat me with more respect. 

Thirdly, it’s so easy!!!!

I was worried that it would hamper my acting career, but it hasn’t seemed to negatively affect me at all… I even have a new job.”

Kate Chapman, from Kate Chapman Health

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“I’ve been cutting my own hair for years now. Last winter, I had hair down to my shoulders when I pulled out the scissors with the idea of cutting it off, but instead I tried some different in-between styles. I’m not sure what spurred me on in that moment.

Hair is such a loaded issue for women — one of the many ways we are told what to do with ourselves. I think I was, and still am, tired of feeling that constraint, and it came out in chopping my hair off.

I love having it short. Care is simple, and I buzz it myself once a month. The only downside is how cold I feel in the winter, but there’s a hat for that. I will probably keep my hair short for as long as men keep telling me I should wear it long, or for as long as I continue to love it.”

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“It takes a special type of courage to shave your head — or even a part of your head. Once it’s done, it can be very satisfying and freeing and it adds interest and dimension to your style. Also, it feels cool to touch it!”

Cut by Sam Carter of Exsalonce Salon & Spa

Tony Odisho, of Tony Odisho’s Exsalonce Salon & Spa

Equipment to Use to Get the Best Shaved Hairstyles for Women

If you’re shaving your head at home, there are many options for what to use.

First, if you have long hair, you’re going to want a good pair of hair scissors to cut the majority of your hair off before shaving. A good pair to use is:

Equinox Professional Shears Razor Edge Series

 

Next, the best razor to use to shave a head is, of course, an electric razor. This will give you the most precision, and is sure to easily get your hair shaved just the way you want it.

Especially if you don’t have the experience, using a manual or a straight razor is just a recipe for disaster.

It’s also important to remember that long hair will jam up an electric razor — so it’s important to find one specifically for shaving your head.

The one we suggest is:

Philips Norelco QC5580/40 Do-It-Yourself Hair Clipper Pro

 

Lastly, it’s important to keep a manual razor on hand.

Once your head is shaved, you might not want it to grow out again. If that’s the case, a manual razor is good to have handy.

A manual razor is your best option to trim short hair and keep your shaved hairstyle looking its best.

For a great option, check out our Great Dane razor. With 5 blades, and an extra trimmer, it’s sure to give you the accuracy and precision that you need:

Click here to shop the Great Dane razor subscription. Click here to purchase the razor without a subscription.

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Jessica is a college graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication/Journalism. She's passionate about writing, beauty, and animals (especially dogs)!