The Quarantine Cut

It took a pandemic and a buzzcut for me to finally let go.

Rebecca Paredes
6 min readFeb 10, 2021

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At the start of the pandemic, I shaved half my head. When I was younger, I watched Natalie Portman’s character in V for Vendetta have her hair buzzed off and her identity stripped away, only to come back stronger at the end of it all. I viewed a shaved head as an act of defiance, of owning one’s selfhood so entirely that even the eye…

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