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How to Shave Your Head Like a Girl (A Video)

By ashleyhackshaw |

I shaved my head this weekend. It’s a rite of passage for anyone losing their hair to chemotherapy. I wanted to share it because it wasn’t a sad experience. It was fun. I didn’t shave it myself. I had help from my friends and family. My 4-year-old daughter did a great job. It feels like I washed my head in mint or wintergreen!  We made a mini movie out of it…..I wanted to share the video. Oh yeah, my mother shaved her head too.

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You can read more about my journey with Choriocarcinoma at The Cancer Chronicles!




About ashleyhackshaw



Ashley Hackshaw is the editor, designer, and DIYer behind the wildly popular Lil Blue Boo. She runs the successful Lil Blue Boo clothing line, clothing pattern line and DIY website, and she’s written The Cancer Chronicles, a detailed journey of her battle with a rare cancer Choriocarcinoma, intertwined with her creative lifestyle. Ashley also writes daily for Babble Home. Read bio and latest posts → Read Ashley's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “How to Shave Your Head Like a Girl (A Video)

  1. craftyamy says:

    Ack! That video made me tear up! Sniff sniff. I don’t want to say I’ve “enjoyed” watching your cancer journey – that’s not the right word – I’m just glad that you have shared it with all of us. So that at least we can pray for you and have some knowledge of what you are going through, since we can’t be there. I think about you all the time.

    On a related note, I shaved my head at 22 years old. It was not for the same reasons – it was so I could see what I looked like with short hair (and I wanted to start from scratch to see it in all the stages). I had hair as long as you. I had a boyfriend at the time, and his brother shaved it off one day at our rental house. It was a split second decision, and shortly thereafter I thought, “What have I done?!” as I looked at the pile of hair on the floor. But it’s the best thing I could have done. It was a defining in my life. It was interesting to be judged when I went out. People stared, and I could only imagine what they thought . . . and I lived in Seattle at the time, where weirdness is the norm! Essentially shaving my head made me less vain and less self-conscious.

    I hope that, despite the circumstances, it’s a good thing for you too. It’s amazing how something like shaving your head can change your life. I know that you know that more than anyone :D

    Love you my friend!

  2. adria says:

    You look as beautiful as ever! I love your strength and courage! Keep rockin on girl!

  3. Melanie @ Lucky 7 Design says:

    I follow Ashley’s blog and her FB page, she is an inspiration to me and a ton of other women. My father died 4 weeks ago today from Cancer and Im amazed at the courage and bravery that Ashley shows on a daily basis.

    This video shows her take on Cancer, it will not break her spirit. She has such a huge support group and as you see in this a wonderful, caring family.

    I can’t wait for my Choose Joy bracelet to arrive, I will wear it with pride everyday!

    Lucky 7 Design

  4. Heather says:

    Truly amazing!

  5. barbi says:

    there’s no hiding those beautiful eyes : ) awesome job teaching your daughter to be strong

  6. Amber says:

    I’ve been following Ashley for a long time and she is such an amazing woman. Watching this made me cry! My father was diagnosed with cancer almost two years ago and we are thankful that he was able to beat it! Cancer is such a horrible disease but Ashley has become such an inspiration to us all. CHOOSE JOY!

  7. laura knight says:

    what a testament of LOVE !!! GOD BLESS YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY!!!

  8. we love citrus says:

    You look as gorgeous as ever! And your family is so sweet :-)
    thanks for sharing :-) xoxo, ana

  9. Janet says:

    You courageous attitude is contagious.
    Bless you and your family
    Thank you for sharing
    Love to you !
    Melanoma Warrior Janet

  10. Michele says:


  11. Shelly Bryan says:

    You are such a beautiful woman with hair or with out.. My friend went through the same thing, cutting her hair. Even let her daughter do some of the cutting. You look like you have alot of support, and that is key. We (your friends, family and others) don’t know exactly what your going through, I do believe faith, family, laughter does help. Thank you for showing this, brought back some wonderful memories..Stay strong. We are praying for you..

  12. Michelle H. says:

    One word: Inspirational.

  13. Jocelyn says:

    This made me tear up. You are beautiful. What a powerful message.

  14. Tavia says:

    Your so awesome!!! Praying for you girl! You give ME strength!!

  15. MonicaBielanko says:

    Words don’t work for me here. This was so beautiful. Sending big awesome love to you and your family.

  16. Lindsey says:

    You are such a beautiful woman! What a wonderful video. Best of luck to you on your journey!

  17. Kimberly says:

    You are a beautiful woman! What an inspiration to your sweet husband and your little family!!!

  18. Mary McCauley says:

    There is something so spectacular about you Ashley. You have something in your heart that has been there all along I just feel it and now you are sharing these very personal moments, relationships, snips in Ashley time with everyone. Such a great family you have and what a sweet thing to see you nurture your daughter and be a dougnut smuggling role model I can so cheer on!
    Many many blessings to you and although we have never met – you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. Kelly Velez says:

    Ashley, you have put m journey with Breast Cancer in perspective, when I think I am having a bad day, I read your blogs and it makes me smile and realize that choosing joy is the right way to go.. Thank you for always making me smile and feeling better about my chemo journey!!!

  20. Lauren Kepes says:

    I just recently found your blog, you will be in my prayers! Fight it girl!!!

  21. Tina says:

    You are so beautiful with and without hair, and what a stunning family you all make! My very best wishes to you.

  22. Terri Moore says:

    what an amazing video…you are so beautiful…on the outside and on the inside…and what an awesome example you are setting for your daughter…you are in my thoughts and prayers…xoxo…

  23. Julie says:

    I watched this video through blurry eyes. What a beautiful person you are and what a beautiful family you have. Stay strong for you are giving others such strength as well. Thank you for sharing your journey!

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