For the first 28 years of my life, I’ve kept my hair at a shaggy longer length. The shortest I ever had it was a #4 clipper cut. For most of my adulthood, I had an inner want to shave my head, to see what I was like and how the experience is. My anxiety, nerves, or being too worried about what others would say kept me from doing it.
I started growing out the top section of my hair in mid 2018 and by early December 2019, it was long enough that my hair was always up in a manbun. I then learned of an organization that had me thinking about shaving my head. That organization is St Baldricks. What stood out to me more than anything was that there are events that feature groups of people getting shaved and raising money that goes to a great cause. On 12/15/2019, I set up up my fundraising page and joined an event, which means my head will be clipper shaved as that is the standard way it’s done at events. The event was scheduled for 4/25/2020, which meant I had some time to get donations. I put a challenge out if we raised a certain amount, I would have my head completely shaven with a hot lather head shave. The first of March that goal was met and surpassed. In the middle part of March, the COVID-19 started up and that ended up changing the events and making them virtual online ones. The one I was supposed to attend was made virtual. In early April, St Baldricks started setting up dates for a handful of virtual headshaves that would be broadcasted live on YouTube. I was signed up for the live virtual event on 4/24/2020 at 4PM. With my shave now being done at home, I was gonna shave my own head with clippers. I called upon a friend that would do the rest of the shaving.
It was now 4/24, the day that a lot of firsts would happen for me. I sat around watched tv most of the day. It was now 3:30PM, I gathered up my guard free clippers, set up the spot I would shave at, and logged in waiting for the event to begin. The event started right at 4PM featuring discussion and kids that have fought cancer. The commencement to start shaving happened right after. I put my phone down, grabbed the clippers, powered them on, and turned my eyes downward from the mirror so I wouldn’t look. After I took a deep breath, I took my clippers and ran them right down the middle of my head. I peaked up for a split second to look, and went back to shaving. After a few minutes, except for the little bit that clippers can’t get, I had a shaved head. Right after I finished shaving was when the event ended. I was in shock that I actually did that. I grabbed a seat, and the friend I called upon got started. It started with a hot towel placed on my head. Next the shaving cream was applied. He asked if I was ready and I said yes. He then picked up a brand new 5 blade razor I bought, and started shaving. After approximately 20 minutes, he was done shaving. I first rubbed my head and it was smooth to the touch. I looked at myself through a mirror and while I still couldn’t believe I shaved, I was content with how it looked. It was a decision I’m glad I made.
That shave was the actual last haircut I’ve had, as I been growing it since. I wanna try to grow it out till or close to 8/27/2021, as that’s my 30th birthday and I’ve already made plans. While for a certain I decided to shave again with St Baldricks, but if my hair grows 8 inches or more, I will donate it to Children With Hair Loss. I hope things are mostly non-virtual by then as I wanna experience an in person St Baldricks event and see what it’s like getting a hot lather head shave at barbershop. The only thing that’s kept me from going to the barber and having that done is that hopefully on or close to my 30th BDay, it will be at a length that I can donate it as well as shave.
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