This is so cool of you. I'm the daughter of a woman who was a multiple-time survivor, and then eventually not one.

I have shaved my head twice, once for charity and once to remove dreadlocks (bad, bad, fine-Jewish-hair dreadlocks!). I have also had plenty of pixie and flapper cuts. So I'm your gal. You can do it, and it will grow back, I swear! They key to sanity is frequent hair cuts. It makes the grow-out seem slower, but you look a lot better and thus maintain happiness.

I have 2C-3A hair, same pattern as yours. I don't know your thickness, etc., so I can only tell you what my fine/low porosity hair did.

Immediately after shaving it, I made a lot of friends who wanted to pet my head. I also learned I have a pointy head. Shortly after that I had a really cute, very lightly wavy, pixie. I liked that a lot. I used some sort of wax to push it toward my face.

3-5 inches: When I had it cut the same length all over, I had a Jew-fro. Amusing but not that cute on me. I tried to keep the back shorter and let the top grow out. I had some really, really awesome flapper cuts that were done by razoring/sculpting the dry waves around my face. I liked that stylist a lot for short hair, and I loved my hair. Mostly cute, but awful if I got a bad haircut.

4-6 or so inches: I hated this length. The curl really came in and I had just sort of... multi-directional hair. I wound up having a friend of mine braid in dreadlock extensions (first wool roving, which was fun and colorful, and then synthetic hair, which was heavy but gorgeous). This really helped get me through the ear-chin length phase.

Now I'm working hard to grow it past my shoulders. It hovers between my chin and shoulders, and I'm growing out some blunt-cut bangs that are almost chin length, too. My hair grows pretty slowly, and at times it seems interminable and frustrating... that's usually when I go get a trim.

My friends during short hair time:

- Mini flat iron. Sometimes you just have cowlicks.
- Waxes and sculpting stuff. I favor the slightly more rockstar look, so I enjoyed this.
- NOT gel. Spikiness with visible scalp...

I like myself with short or long hair. They both have their pros and cons. They both have their styling issues. Right now, short hair would be MORE work for me because I do archaeological field work and a ponytail is way more convenient. I get greasy easily, so I had to keep short hair much cleaner.

Hope that helps! Again, it's so awesome that you're brave enough to consider this. It's really fun, and I think kind of psychologically interesting, to shave it all off.
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Hair: curlybob, fine, dense, low-po, big waves/ringlets (2C/3A)
Co-Wash: Nature's Gate Herbal Conditioner
RO: YTC Carrot, Aubrey Organics GPB
LI: BS Shea Soft Styling Cream (HG)
Styling: KCCC, Garnier P&C Gel
1xWeek: low-poo, gelatin PT or Joico K-Pak
Hair Likes: aloe, coconut oil, humidity, protein, long walks on the beach