Welcome To The Buzz Cut Era

We show you how to shave your head

Kate Hudson

by Melissa Henry |

Kate Hudson is the latest star to embrace the buzz cut. Following in the footsteps of friend Cara Delevingne, who also shaved her head for a film role earlier this year, Hudson debuted a striking short crop in brown. It certainly makes a difference from her signature beachy blonde waves.

As of late we’re seeing more women celebrating the buzz cut look, and why not. It’s normal for boys to do it, why can’t it be the same for us girls? On the runway, streets and Netflix screens, there are so many different reasons why women are choosing to undergo the buzz cut.

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Model Adwoa Aboah decided to shave hers off after a bad hair cut, while Victoria Secret's model, Jourdana Phillips announced on her Instagram after finding the clippers ‘I'm so glad I did! It's helped me overcome the idea that my beauty is synonymous with the length of my hair’.

In the past, it was misogynist record executives who ‘pushed’ musician Sinead O’Connor out the door straight to the barbers after telling her to wear miniskirts and grow her hair long. Grace Jones famously proclaimed shaving her head led directly to her first orgasm.

Meanwhile 12-year-old Millie Bobby Brown buzzed off her locks for her star-making role in Stranger Things, and the world told her she was inspiring. When Britney Spears did it, the public’s immediate reaction was ‘breakdown’. She responded a year later ‘People thought that it was me going crazy and stuff like that, but people shave their heads all the time. I was going through a lot, but it was just kind of like me going through a little bit of rebellion, or feeling free…’

But it’s not just celebrities, in times of support women have partaken to shaving their head to support a loved one going through cancer.

During the 20th century, the dark side of liberation, woman's heads were shaved as a mark of humiliation. And in times of liberation, to say as simply as 'f**k you world I’m doing what I damn well please'.

The buzz cut is not for the faint heart, it will dramatically change your look, plus you'll be asking what about that buzz cut fade? So before you reach for those clippers I brought in the expert, Thomas James, Stylist at Matthew Curtis Rosewood for his professional advice on the buzz-cut. ‘This look is not for everyone, and generally only the oval face shape can pull the shaved look off. As easy as ‘shaving your hair off’ sounds, you should always book in with a professional as the buzz cut still needs to be correctly shaped in to your head to work, fade correctly and look incredible.’

Whatever your reason for taking the plunge there’s no denying that the buzz cut will remain a weighted symbol of power and defiance, long after Instagrammers come up with a new hashtag.

To celebrate the androgynous buzz cut look, we’ve rounded up the buzz cut styles that have inspired us (yes the thought has crossed our minds)…

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Adwoa Aboah


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