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Why I cut my hair / long to buzz cut

Three weeks ago Kuba buzzed my head with his beard trimmer. I’m no stranger to short hair as I’ve had all sorts of hairstyles in the past, but this is much shorter than my pixie cut from a few years ago.

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I took this photo after our trip to Thailand. It’s the only recent photo I have where I’m wearing my hair down. Long hair just isn’t for me!

There are several reasons why I decided to cut it all off.

Firstly, I’ve always suffered from a flaky scalp. I hoped quitting harsh chemical-laden shampoos would remedy it. Through the years, I tried different variations of the “no poo” method. Baking soda and apple cider vinegar, water and lemon juice, just water, but none of them worked. I’ve also tried countless natural shampoos and conditioners without any success.

Secondly, I never enjoy styling my hair or wearing it down. I usually have it up in a ponytail. I can’t be bothered straightening it and I definitely can’t use products. My hair is greasy enough without adding more products just to style it.

And lastly, it’s far too hot in Spain during the summer to have a head full of long, thick hair. I had so much trouble washing my hair here because it’s so dense. Kuba had to wash it for me every couple of days, and even after washing it, my hair would be greasy the very next day.

After contemplating the shape of my head for a few days, I decided to give it a try. I absolutely love it! Now I’m kicking myself for not cutting it off sooner.

A buzzed head is the perfect minimalist hairstyle. Now my head will never be greasy because washing it is easy. I don’t have to worry about what my hair looks like because it always looks the same. It saves me money since I don’t need to buy shampoo, products or haircuts. Now Kuba can cut it for free!

My scalp is still mildly flaky but I’m hoping it will sort itself out in a few weeks. The fact that I’m able to easily wash my hair and scalp already makes a huge difference. Currently, I’m using Aleppo soap for my body and hair. It seems to be working well and it smells great.

I don’t think I’ll go back to long hair since having it buzzed means little to no maintenance. This will be perfect once we start living out of our van next year. Not only is short hair is easier to maintain on the road, shorter showers means less water used.

I also discuss my reasoning behind cutting my hair in this video:

Thanks for reading and watching. 🙂

How do you feel about short hair?

Have you buzzed your hair before? Would you?

By Lisa

In Oct. 2014, I quit my job and started downsizing my life by selling and rehoming all my belongings. Even though I’ve moved around all my life, I officially left the States in Dec. 2015 and have been travelling abroad ever since. I hope to inspire you to simplify your life so you live with intention. I’m an avid writer, videography enthusiast, and a major foodie with a passion for sustainable living.

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