I was steadfast in my decision and scoured the net for inspiration for my cut. I was a bit unsure about what the repercussions would be at the office (or if I decided to change jobs), but I reasoned that I would still have enough hair to cover the shaved parts. I would unveil the full extent of the cut gradually. Only three people in the office noticed; my boss noticed about two months after I’d been wearing the cut and two other ladies noticed six months later.
The Low Down on a Faded Style
- Find at least one good barber and a back up barber that can get the job done!! This is not an easy task, but an imperative one! Don’t be afraid to ask about their history as a barber, their availability, and price structure. Ask any men you know if they can recommend a good barber, or at least to let you know which ones to stay away from!
- Be prepared to be cut with the clippers at least once the first time. This may or may not happen depending on a few factors including how sharp the clipper blades are, how sensitive your skin is (which will make you squirm), the amount of pressure the barber applies to the clippers as he/she cuts, etc.
- Bumps and Razor Burn are a very real side affect of shaving anything, your head included.
- Alcohol and Neosporin will be staples! Apply them in that order to your edges, after you’ve got your shape up.
- You will get an idea of your current rate of hair growth. I say current because depending on your stage of growth, the rate may vary. The longest I’ve ever gone without a shape up is three weeks, due to the fact that I couldn’t get on my barber’s schedule.
My hair was pretty long when I finally got it cut; a bit less than an inch long. By my estimation, my hair grows about 3/4 of an inch monthly, which I didn’t know before I shaved my hair off.
- Upkeep is imperative! Once the hair starts to grow out of the cut, it can start to look a bit raggedy, for lack of a better word. Be prepared to sit in a barbershop at least once every week and a half, to two weeks.
- You may not be able to create styles you used to. I used to be famous for wearing protective styles weekly! I’d only take my hair down Friday for the weekend and by Sunday night (beauty day) my hair would be prepped for the next protective style. Because I shaved about 1/4 of my hair off, I am unable to do some of the tuck and roll styles I’ve worn in the past. I’ve altered my protective styles to low maintenance styles; the difference is that the low maintenance styles allow me the freedom of wearing the ends loose. I still only style my hair about once or twice a week, at most.
- Get ready to spend less time and product on your hair! This is a great side effect of getting your hair or a portion of your hair shaved off. I don’t really pay any attention to that section of my hair at all unless it’s wash day, morning and I need to brush it down, or time to get a shape up.
- People may react to you differently based on your cut. I believe people in society are for the most part conditioned to think certain ways, and project those thoughts onto others. The faded cut is traditionally worn by men and as a woman, I’ve been mistaken for a lesbian since I’ve selected to wear a nontraditional style. No biggie for me, but if this happens to you be respectful and kind in your response.
- Be prepared to be one of the fliest in the room! There’s something about this cut that sends my confidence through the roof! If you wear it, wear it with pride; it’s very fashion forward, according to my very stylish aunt!
Are you thinking of getting a fade?