The Boldest Beauty Move I’ve Ever Made

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Welcome to Beauty School!  Every Monday, JET experts will teach you how to preserve your sexy. This week, beauty expert and former pageant gal Nicole L. Townsend  chats about why she decided to go for the big chop.

They say that true beauty comes from within, but I never truly understood what that meant until my 34th birthday. I mean, between the long laundry list of lessons that I’d learned in my youth, to settling for men who didn’t exactly have the best character, I thought this inner beauty stuff was just a myth. That is, until I woke up and actually liked the person staring back at me in the mirror. I figured what better way to celebrate than to be completely transparent and shave my head!

Yeah, I know. Some of y’all are probably thinking that I’m completely nuts, or that I’m going through a midlife crisis, but honestly, it’s quite the opposite.

The day of the “big chop” went something like this: Monday, July 21 2014, I took the train to a super dope loft space on the South Side of Chicago to meet the guy who would potentially expose my weirdly-shaped prune head. Simeon (my new barber) expressed a tad bit of concern – but changed his mind after the first row of hair was clipped.

To say that I was nervous was an understatement, but I did remind myself that it’s just hair, and that it’ll grow back if it turned out to be a complete mess. I also had 2 super supportive girlfriends with me, who didn’t scream when my hair fell in my lap and on the floor. I kept my eyes closed the entire time, didn’t shed not 1 tear – and felt relieved when my support team told me that my head was round, with no bumps or hooks.

I opened my eyes and screamed like Idris Elba had just proposed. It was over, and I felt fabulous! My girlfriends and I celebrated a ton of different things that afternoon: fearlessness, independence, self-love and worth, friendship, and of course, my new bald head.

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One week later, I have no regrets and fully understand that not everyone will like or appreciate my journey, and that’s cool. I can tell you that the feedback and general interaction with folks have been positive, with the exception of a few naysayers or uncertain stares. Don’t they know that I’m not living for them? Ha!

If I could wake up and do it all over again, I would–in a hot second.  I think every women should experience this level of liberation at some point in their lives because, let me tell you…

What’s the boldest beauty move you’ve ever made? Share your stories below and don’t forget to follow and subscribe to my beauty channel, Pretty in the Windy City for more beauty tips and tricks.