Lifestyle Style Female Stars Who Have Embraced Buzz Cuts From Sanaa Lathan to Angelina Jolie and beyond -- these are the shaved heads worth buzzing about By Jillian Ruffo Published on September 6, 2017 11:34 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 21 SANAA LATHAN Sanaa Lathan/Instagram The actress cut it all off for her new film role as the lead in Netflix's adaptation of Nappily Ever After, telling her followers on Instagram, "I feel so light, I could fly away." 02 of 21 WILLOW SMITH Steve Granitz/WireImage Willow was in on the buzz cut trend at just 12 years old -- when she shaved off her hair and dyed it pink and green. Now at 16, the star is opening up about the decision to ditch her strands. "I had to recuperate it, and it got to the point that I didn't know what my natural hair looked like because I kept doing all this other stuff," she told Refinery29. "I'd look at baby pictures and see what my hair looked like, and I just got curious. Then I ended up bleaching it right after [laughs]." 03 of 21 KATE HUDSON W Blanco/BACKGRID The days of Kate Hudson's beachy blonde waves are over -- at least for now. The star shaved her head for her role in an upcoming, yet-to-be-titled Sia movie, and she's been sporting the look ever since, rocking it on its own and switching things up with cute hats. 04 of 21 CARA DELEVINGNE David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty After shaving her head for her role in Life in a Year, the star's buzz cut is slowly growing back in. It may be a good thing, as Cara told Glamour that shaving her hair off made her feel "like people read my mind more. I feel like people see my thoughts." 05 of 21 HALSEY Steve Granitz/WireImage While the pop star has been edging towards a fully shaved head for quite awhile, she finally deicded to commit to the clippers in May. 06 of 21 DANAI GURIRA ared Siskin/Patrick McMullan/Getty The star shaved her short afro into a much more minimal look: a barely-there buzz that lets her features shine. 07 of 21 KRISTEN STEWART Allen Berezovsky/Getty Bobs, lobs, pixies -- Kristen has done it all. But the actress just revelaed her most dramatic hair change: a platinum blonde buzz cut that proves she's as bold as she is edgy. 08 of 21 MILLIE BOBBY BROWN Everett The young star stole the hearts of Stranger Things fans everywhere when she burst onto the scene with her bold, barely-there haircut at just 12 years old. And while she told PeopleStyle that her grandfather and friends were against the major cut, she was proud of her look. "I hope I inspire people… it's really cool to have short hair," she said. 09 of 21 LUPITA NYONG'O Gregg DeGuire/WireImage "Almost on a whim, I was like, 'What if I didn't have it?' And so I shaved it all off — I was a complete baldy!" Lupita told InStyle of the first time she ditched her strands. "It was shocking at first, especially for my mom. But I learned to embrace my features. And I like myself a lot more now that I'm not constantly fussing over my hair." 10 of 21 ANNE HATHAWAY SplashNews After buzzing her strands for her role in Les Miserables back in 2012, Anne told Vulture, "I did it for a film, so it really wasn't about me and my security," adding, "I'm just so pleased with how I look, so I now quite like having short hair." 11 of 21 CHARLIZE THERON JB Lacroix/WireImage While filming the 2012 film Mad Max, Charlize revealed that it was her idea to shave her head for the role. "I had just finished two press tours and my hair was destroyed from heat damage, so I was glad to get rid of it," she said at the time. "I was also a new mom and just loved the idea of not having to style my hair every morning. The timing was perfect." 12 of 21 ANGELINA JOLIE Gene Shaw//Time Life Pictures/Getty No stranger to a pair of scissors, Angelina Jolie has tried everything from short pixies to, yes, buzzcuts, in the name of the big screen. The most memorable? Her look for her 1998 role as Gia Marie Carangi in HBO's Gia, which required her to chop it all off. 13 of 21 SOLANGE KNOWLES Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage After receiving backlash about shaving her head back in 2009, Solange defended her new look on Twitter, explaining that she simply wanted freedom from her hair. "dont. want. a. edge. up. or a perm. because. im not trying. to make this 'a style' or a statement." She continued, "i. just. wanted. to. be. free. from. the. bondage. that. black. women sometimes. put. on. themselves. with. hair." 14 of 21 CATE BLANCHETT Getty Cate loved shaving her hair for 2002's Heaven so much, she told The Daily Telegraph that she'd do it again. "Shaving off my hair is so liberating. I had to do it once for a film role, but I've done it periodically too," she said. "At school it was probably to rebel, but I cut my hair short a few years ago and I'm thinking about doing it again." 15 of 21 SIGOURNEY WEAVER Everett The veteran actress's return to the Alien series in 1992 as Ripley in Alien 3 called for her memorable super-short, shaved style. 16 of 21 JESSIE J Gareth Cattermole/Chime For Change/Getty "The first time was nearly four years ago," the singer told PeopleStyle about her blonde, buzzed head. "I did it for charity live on TV for Red Nose Day in the U.K. They raised over $100 million that year, but in the time I was on TV we raised $9 million. Last year, it was more of an energy, new beginning thing. I feel that I carry a lot of my weight and my worries in my hair, and I just had a lot of change happening in my life and I wanted to cut my hair off and I did." 17 of 21 DEMI MOORE Kevin Mazur Archive/WireImage Nothing screamed "girl power" quite like Demi Moore's military-style buzzcut for G.I. Jane -- a look that eventually sparked her daughter Talulah Willis' own shaved hairstyle years later (with Moore lending a hand behind the cilppers!). "I actually watched G.I. Jane two days before I shaved my head. I don't think I was 100 percent inspired by it, but I think it may have manifested the idea in my mind," Willis told Nylon. 18 of 21 AMANDLA STENBERG John Sciulli/Getty The 18-year-old actress wrote on Instagram about her shaved look, "I just finished working on a film called Where Hands Touch directed by the incredible @iammaasante. The story is about the experience of biracial children growing up in Nazi Germany. I shaved my head for the role. Feels really good. I feel so aerodynamic now. I've achieved ultimate speed. :)" 19 of 21 KELLIE PICKLER Taylor Hill/WireImage When Kellie's best friend was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, she was there for her -- shaved head and all. "Cancer does not discriminate," she said of the decision to shave her head in support of her friend Sienna Holt Miller, who added, "If this compels even one person to change their mentality toward waiting until the age of 40 for their mammogram, then it will be worth it." 20 of 21 AMBER ROSE Leon Bennett/WireImage We've always known Amber Rose for her bleached buzzcut -- but according to the New York Post, the star wasn't always fond of the look. "After I shaved, it I cried for a few days, until I realized it looked dope," she explains of the time she took a razor to her hair at 19 years old. "Sinead O'Connor was a bald-headed bad-ass, and I loved her." 21 of 21 NATALIE PORTMAN Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic Natalie can pull off any hairstyle -- which she made clear when she revealed her near-bald head for her role in V for Vendetta.