The thought of shaving your head can be a scary one — though, for women in a new video for Elle, it can be empowering, too.
In the video, three women decide to shave their head, on camera, for the first time while narrating the experience.
The women are driven to experiment by numerous motivators: the desire for self-appreciation regardless of outer appearance, the need for a creative release, and to make a push back at traditional beauty standards.
"I feel like when I shave my head I will find a sense of freedom and empowerment and I'll be ready to take on the world," one woman says.
Continuing through the process, the women offer up multiple sentiments that we can all learn from, and we've rounded up our favorites below: