Shaved Hairstyles for Women:
A Rejection of the Natural Order
"I have been alarmed to see a rise in women forgoing their natural long hair and opting for shaved hairstyles instead. Why is this going on? I do not understand this 'trend' or its origins. Examples are below.
Examples of current day shaved hairstyles
Miss Elizabeth Lozowski responds:
You are correct to be alarmed by the rise in women rejecting a natural hair style for appalling fashions. It is another sign of the times that the Revolution has the majority of society under his dominion. As to the origins of this trend, I will endeavor to explain it below.
Egyptian women covered their shaved heads
Additionally, the women who shaved their hair wore thick wigs over their bare heads, indicating that a woman’s hair (whether natural or not) was necessary for the Egyptian conception of beauty. It was not acceptable for women to go around with bare heads in public.
The only other societies that promoted shaved heads for women were, and in many places still are, some African tribes. Needless to say, a Christian society should not follow fashions invented by pagans, particularly those contrary to Catholic custom.
St. Rose of Lima always covered her head
with a headdress
“But every woman praying or prophesying with her head not covered, disgraceth her head: For it is all one as if she were shaven. For if a woman be not covered, let her be shorn. But if it be a shame to a woman to be shorn or made bald, let her cover her head.” (Douay Rheims, 1 Cor. 11:5-6)
Nuns and some other pious Catholic virgins, such as St. Rose of Lima, shaved their heads as a mark of penance and rejection of the world. Doing this was a sacrifice for them and was part of their penitential vocation of poverty or a means to preserve their modesty and purity. However, they never were seen in public with bare heads. They always covered their heads with full head coverings and thus were not disgraced before the world.
Women who live in the world without a supernatural call from God to give up their hair never shaved their heads. The hair of a woman is a mark of her beauty and femininity. It is part of a woman’s vocation to beautify the society in which she lives through her appearance without drawing overdue attention to herself by extravagance. The bold women of today who shave their heads do the exact opposite: They insolently parade a look that is objectively ugly and that draws attention by its shocking nonconformity.
A feminist inspired trend
Where then did this modern trend of shaved hairstyles come from? The answer is the Feminist Movement. In an article from the website Glamour, several women are interviewed on the topic “What it’s like to shave your head?” The reasons given are enough to confirm the feminist ideology behind shaved hairstyles.
Morgan Calvert: A ‘liberating action’
She says in an interview: "Honestly, I didn't expect how liberating it would be. I've spent most of my life looking to other people to validate my beauty and define my worth. By no means do I think that shaving my head was necessary in order to be free from that, but it was a symbolic step in the right direction. I laughed out loud the whole time I was shaving it because it felt like such a release from the pressure to be a certain person and look a certain way in order to be considered beautiful.
“I had no idea how much I used to hide behind my hair before shaving it. It was like a metaphorical shield that I held up whenever I felt like I wasn't good enough. It represented so much more than just hair; it represented a shell that I portrayed to hide the real me. Now the shield is gone, and when I look in the mirror, interact with people, or go in public, it's the most raw version of myself."
‘I feel ridiculously confident & empowered’
“When I decided to shave my head, it was something I had control over. Shaving it off gave me a feeling like what I assume scientists feel when they discover a breakthrough: It was breathtaking. I felt so strong, and so sure of my decision that it carried over into my everyday life. I've had a couple people tell me that I've inspired them to live their life how they want to, regardless of what people think or society tries to tell them."
Ajé Alford, 20 year old model describes her first reaction when she cut her hair:
"Initially, I was nervous-like, extremely nervous. I asked myself, 'What are you doing?' a few times before the clippers even touched my head. My mom was crying as the barber took off more and more hair. I was surprised that I actually looked pretty. I just looked in the mirror like, 'Wow,' and snapped a selfie. It got a 100 likes within a few minutes.
“I feel increasingly free every day. I want to do more exciting things, take more trips, and knowing that I don’t have to wake up an hour earlier to flat-iron my hair means the world to me. I feel like I can conquer the world ...
Popular films like Black Panther glorify women with shaved heads
The above women shaved off all of their hair. Others choose only to shave part of their heads, as seen in the examples you sent (first photo of this article). Either way, the principles behind their actions are the same: the supposed ‘empowerment’ of women by breaking stereotypes.
But, although some of these women try to pretend that a woman can still be feminine with a shaved head and that it does not diminish her womanhood, a Jamaican model and pop icon Grace Jones, declares the real end of these hairstyles: transgenderism and, ultimately, transhumanism.
Grace Jones: ‘The real end is transgenderism & finally transhumanism’
An article from the website Vice.com more clearly states the objective of shaved heads for women:
“A woman's hair has long been regarded as the key to her femininity and a potent symbol of her sexuality. Whether kept long, short, natural, braided or dyed, a massive amount of emphasis is placed on a woman's hair. Because of this, the image of a shaved head signifies a certain de-feminization and is still a look with the power to shock...
“While the function of a buzzcut ranges widely, the effect is powerful: A bald head subverts what has come to be a traditional and patriarchal idea of what a woman should look like.”
Shaved heads: a step into transhumanism
Clearly, the trend of shaved heads is not inspired by Catholic principles, but rather on the principles of self-worship. It is a look of the transhumanist future towards which the Revolution would like to lead all humankind.
To combat the evils of fashion, Catholic women should endeavor to grow long hair, modestly styled and retain their natural hair color, as a symbol of accepting who God made them to be opposed to what the world is telling them. Humble submission is desirable in women, not bold novelty.
The medieval model: Virgins in Heaven
portrayed with beautiful long hair