Considering Completely Shaving Your Head? Take a Breath and Get Inspired by These Celebs - Women's Health

Considering Completely Shaving Your Head? Take a Breath and Get Inspired by These Celebs

These celebrity looks make us wanted to shave our heads.

With much of Australia now entering lockdown for a second (or third, even fourth) time again, it’s hard not to take a discerning eye to one’s household instruments in search of entertainment. Left to our own devices, lockdown now presents an opportunity to try something new, to be somewhat more daring with the knowledge that, should we go astray, there’s always the next few weeks of isolation that can see us atone for our sins.

With that in mind, if you’ve been considering a chop but now can’t make it to a hairdresser, perhaps we should steer you towards some shaved head inspiration. It’s time to wield those clippers like you mean business, as these celebrities prove going without the locks isn’t just empowering, it’s beautiful too. Hair means a lot of things to a lot of people. For some, it’s a security blanket, for others long locks is the ideal that’s been inculcated into our minds from beauty magazines and Hollywood films since the age of time. But when we finally seize control of our own self-image, shaving the locks can do wonders, both mentally and physically.

Just look at Jada Pinkett Smith. Having been open about her hair loss journey, the star recently shaved her hair in celebration of letting it all go – society’s expectations of women, her hair, and the ideals she cultivated around it. It comes after her daughter Willow shaved her head in 2012. After internet trolls criticised Jada for allowing Willow to shave her hair, she fired back: “Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of hair.” It’s a sentiment we can’t agree more with. Take a look at these celebs who have embraced the buzz cut for some inspo to shave – or at the very least, go shorter.

Charlize Theron

Theron told Entertainment Tonight, “I just had this moment where I was like, ‘I need to shave my head! I can’t think about what I’m going to do with my hair in this movie. I’m going to be in the desert. I’m a new mother. Let’s just shave it.”

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Natalie Portman

Perhaps one of the most iconic scenes, Portman shaved her hair for her role in 2005’s V for Vendetta.


Amber Rose

Rose revealed that she was inspired by Sinead O’Connor’s look in the “Nothing Compares 2 U” video and hasn’t looked back since shaving her head.


Jada Pinkett Smith

Having just recently shaved her hair, Pinkett Smith also debuted her shorter hair in 1998. This was followed by her daughter Willow, who shaved her locks in 2012.


Jessie J

The singer shaved her head in 2013 and raised half a million pounds for Comic Relief.


Adwoa Aboah

In an interview Aboah said, “After many years of having my hair, I finally felt no attachment to it. I was empowered, and for the first time, I don’t need to carry around a large plastic bag of products, and it doesn’t take me an hour to find all the hairpins after a night out.”


Jourdana Phillips

Phillips said in an interview, “I never thought in a million years I would cut my hair. I’m so glad I did! It’s helped me overcome the idea that my beauty is synonymous with the length of my hair.”


Angelina Jolie

Jolie went super short for her role in Gia in 1998.



When Solange shaved her hair in 2009, haters took to Twitter. But the singer fired back in a Tweet, writing: “don’t. want. a. edge. up. Or a perm. Because I’m not trying. To make this “a style” or a statement. i. just. wanted. to. be. free. from. the. bondage. That black. Women sometimes. put. on. themselves. with. hair. This. phase. of. my. life. i. Want to spend. The time. The energy. And the money. On something else. Not in the hair salon.”


Lupita Nyong’o

Nyong’o first shaved her hair at 19. “I spent days thinking about it first,” she said in an interview. “Once I did it, it was very liberating, but I also felt very naked. When you feel the wind on your scalp, it’s like, Oh, my God. But I’ve kept my hair short ever since.”


Kristen Stewart

For her film Underwater in which she played a mechanical engineer that’s working in an oil rig, Stewart opted for a complete shave.


Demi Moore

Moore famously shaved her hair for her 1997 role in GI Jane.


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