Okay, my neck of the woods is under a heat advisory for the 3rd day in a row. Can’t even take the dogs out before 7:45 pm because it’s too freaking hot outside. And worse, my hair has been growing back the past few months, thick as always, but looks awful thanks to the big patches of gray mixed in with mousy-brown hair. My build and stature make me look like a stocky middle school football player who let his buzz cut grow out spiky.
And with the air conditioner out in my car, driving anywhere makes me sweat, even when it’s mostly highway miles and the windows are down. My scalp itches most days and I’ve had to bring rags to make damp and rub through my short hair and when it gets really bad, get the dry shampoo out and go spraying. Thanks to adult-acne genes, I am prone to breakouts around the hairline.
Most of all, I just want to cool off. I don’t think of myself as an attractive person, with or without hair, but what I’ve got going on on my head just isn’t going to do.
So, with all the heat and the annoyance, I REALLY want to shave my head again.
But I’m also looking for a new job, and don’t know if–as a woman–this really will negatively impact my job possibilities.
Be aware, I’m NOT going in for major professional positions, like lawyer’s offices or anything like that. Most of what I’m looking that is in service and retail, or warehouse positions if possible (and yes, after I get off here and finish cleaning the kitchen, I’m going on the sites and doing some online learning for computer skills). So, nothing where you’ve gotta wear a nice suit to work far as I know. Probably a basic work uniform at most, or khakis and a polo like other jobs I’ve had.
Now, I’ve shaved my head a couple of times at my current job, but I’d waited a few months before doing so and I tended to wear hair scarves to cover my scalp (partially for fun color, but also because some folks I’m sure are a bit weirded out by an overweight bald woman… when I drop some poundage, I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to rock the dome nicely without feeling like I might need to cover up). If I wasn’t looking for a new job, I’d have shaved my head again last night and not looked back.
Far as I know, nobody’s had a problem with my shaved noggin and hair scarves, just some “hmm” at most and being ignored. The kids have a couple minutes of interest at most and then forget about it.
This is different, though, because it would be a new job entirely. I don’t know how a potential employer would feel about a bald woman walking in for an interview.
I want to do this for comfort more than anything, and to get clearer skin and help my scalp a bit. It’ll be easier to “make myself up” a bit if I don’t have to worry about sweat breakouts so much. I’ve gotten away from makeup the past few years, mainly because of the damned breakouts, but with more water, exercise, and cleaner skin, it’ll be easier. I hate dealing with my hair and it’s been a bane to my existence. I want it either long or not at all, and thanks to stress from the early pandemic period (when I got burned out and quit my previous job), my hair grows kinda funny. It’s thick, but it doesn’t grow well or very long. And if I try to make it long, it’s practically unmanageable. That “turning gray” crap makes styling tough at times.
So, since I don’t have any health issues regarding hair loss (anymore, and definitely not alopecia), or a family member going through chemo and me wanting to support them, etc., would I be shooting myself in the foot if I shave my head, in case an interview comes up? Or am I overthinking this and I should just get the Norelco out and go to town on making my scalp bowling-ball smooth?
(I managed to do that a couple of times and it felt funny to the touch, but damn was it liberating and much cooler)
Have any of you guys worked with a “bald woman” and they had problems with employers/co-workers? Or did anybody give a damn and work was just work? I’m really curious because I’m seeing a vague mix of responses. I really don’t wanna ask LinkedIn later, for obvious reasons (hee hee).
Anyhoo, floor’s yours…