Be Inspired by Emily Howard and how she finally decided to stop hiding and just be herself.
Tell us a bit about your decision to cut your hair or why you went bald?
I shaved my head when I turned 30. I had been hiding under chemicals, powders, sprays, and medications since high school, and needed to liberate myself from the hour + regimen each morning. My decision was fairly easy, I am a hairdresser, and got lots of support from friends and colleagues who assured me i could "own" it. Although, to this day, telling people what I do for a living often confuses them.
Do you feel you've changed for the better since you went bald?
i have always been on the extravert side, and got into some pretty strange fashion trends when I was young, so shaving my head didn't really surprise anyone that I knew. Internally, however, I was a very self conscious person, and "faking it till you make it" was a mantra of mine until I integrated baldie-ness into my identity. I have grown monumentally in regard to self-acceptance, and my tolerance for the oblivious people who question my decision to shave my head has grown too.
What words of encouragement would you share with someone who isn't confident with themselves as you are?
Whether I like it or not, I am somewhat concerned about what other's think of me, and I am inspired to show my "best self" when out in the world. my best self is now bald, with killer glasses frames and fancy shoes. My advice to those who are considering being a baldie is do the inside work, the work on your heart and soul. Connect with likeminded people and don't waste your time on the folks that have judgment about who and what and how you are.
Finish this sentence: (My) Bald is
My bald is connected to my uniqueness. And my willingness to live on the edge of my comfort zone isn't always easy. But the reward is being free of the pressure to conform, and the opportunity to invite other people to appreciate and relish in their own individuality.