Would You Rather: Show Up At Your High School Reunion Wearing A Bikini Or With Your Head Shaved?

If you ever travel on a girl’s weekend with us, this is the sort of fun you can look forward to having. Our girlfriend Dana is the master of coming up with questions and scenarios that leave us all thinking, “Where does she come up with this stuff? And honestly, what *would* we do?”

So when she sprang this one on us last month, we all laughed and then really started to think.

Picture this scenario:

It is your 20th high school reunion and you have to show up either wearing a bikini or with your head shaved.

And the caveat is that with either choice you make you cannot explain it to people. You have to act like it is totally normal for you to be prancing around your reunion like a contestant for Miss America…after all, if you are showing up in a bikini you are probably sporting heels with it, amiright?

Well hey there, former Homecoming Queen...like my look tonight?!

Well hey there former Homecoming Queen…like my look tonight?!

Conversely, if you take the shaved head, you just pretty much have to act like 2007 Britney Spears is your guru of all things hair-related. No telling your high school BFF off in the corner that this was totally a prank and or pretending that you are auditioning for the next G.I. Jane movie!

It's all fun and games until the barber comes at you with this! Image courtesy of  Keerati / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

It’s all fun and games until the barber comes at you with this! Image courtesy of Keerati / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Needless to say, this was one time when The Dose Girls were in full agreement with our answers. We were obviously choosing the bikini. PSYCH! We are going shaved head all the way. And when the reunion is over we figure we can pick up some really saucy wigs to spice things up while we wait for our locks to regrow!

So, we are turning this question over to our Dose Peeps for their opinions. Would you rather show up at your high school reunion wearing a bikini or with your head shaved?

Tell us your choice in the comments. And total triple bonus points for anyone who actually does this and then sends us the photographic proof!


Would You Rather: Show Up At Your High School Reunion Wearing A Bikini Or With Your Head Shaved? — 119 Comments

  1. Rockin’ a bikini & heels all the way! Fingers crossed the reunion is not in winter! On second thought, maybe winter is ideal. People would see my freakishly pale bod & think they were seeing a ghost. And don’t all ghosts haunt reunions in bikinis?

    • HA HA HA Nicole…good thinking on this one…you could just pretend you are a ghost in a Hollywood rom-com! πŸ™‚

  2. Definitely the bikini…although I would be pretty uncomfortable not being able to explain! I can hear the old catty cliques now “who does she think she is?” “has she gone completely insane?…well, she does have twins.” It would make for a great blog post!…and my 20th is coming up…

    • You are welcome Allie for giving you a great blog post topic and something fun to plan for your 20th reunion!! Now we expect to see pictures on your blog! πŸ˜‰

  3. If it was right now, I’d do the bikini but only because my hair is so long it would cover my huge boobs. Are we talking string or can I do the bikini top with the skirt bottom? I’m guessing it is string so who am I kidding? It would be the shaved head. If it was my 20th, that was 5 years ago and I would do the shaved head all the way. No question. The hair would grow back but the memory of me in a bikini would haunt me for the rest of my life.

    • HA HA HA AnnMarie! Your last sentence made me laugh out loud! No way on the skirt bottom…that is too close to actual clothes! πŸ˜‰

  4. I have to say shaved head. I don’t even wear a bikini at our pool! Chances are people wouldn’t even recognize me anyway, since I’ve only kept in touch with a few of them!

  5. Being that Slim By the Summer helped me get in a bit of shape, I would say the bikini for sure, but ask me this again during PMS time and you may get a completely different answer with the lovely 3 month pregnancy type of bloat going on and the raging hormones, too lol!!!

    • HA HA HA Janine…oh, we totally understand that…still, we say rock that bikini and let us live vicariously through you! πŸ™‚

  6. Shaved head, most definitely! I think even if I had a Baywatch body I would feel so uncomfortable being the only one wearing so little clothing. I would rather have no hair on my head than no clothes on my body!

    • Love it Bev! Much rather have no hair on my head than no clothes on my body! Perfectly said! πŸ™‚

  7. If i get a bikini worthy body, I will definitely show up wearing a bikini. But if it was for now, i’d do the head.


  8. {Melinda} Even though it is a less irreversible choice, I’m going with the shaved head, too. People might think it’s a trendy fashion statement. If I showed up in a bikini? Well, I don’t want to know what people would be thinking …. πŸ™‚

    • They would totally think it was a trendy choice Melinda…who knows, you could be the start of an amazing head shaving movement! πŸ˜‰

  9. Shaved head, for sure! Though in both instances you’ll either be thought of a Britney Spears crazy or Amanda Bynes crazy. I would hope with a shaved head that classmates would think I have some grave illness and would buy me lots of drinks and be too sympathetic to ask many questions.

    • HA HA HA Christie! Sounds like a win either way…free drinks or you make the tabloids as the next Amanda Bynes! πŸ˜‰

  10. This is hard. I might go with the shaved head. But if it’s in the summer, my white head probably wouldn’t match my somewhat tan face. So then I might wear the bikini.

    You know what? I have no desire to go to my high school reunion anyway. Can I just skip it. πŸ™‚

    • Way to work your way around the question! πŸ˜‰ Sure, you can skip the reunion, but then how will your old HS friends know how awesome you look in a bikini/with your head shaved! πŸ™‚

    • Good point Michelle…it would definitely be easier to get over the one night of bikini wearing! πŸ™‚

  11. If I wear the bikini can I do a wrap up? This is a hard one because I would be talked about either way…..my high school reunion has passed so the next one will be 20 years I think I can be ready for the bikini by then

  12. wow. this is a hard one. i would say shaved head… but then you have to wait for your hair to grow back out… all to avoid one day of embarrassment. Vs. the bikini… it’s done and over after a day. I think I’d go in a bikini…. and stay for about 3.2 seconds!

    • LOL Cara…just realized that I should have added details about how long you would be forced to stay at the reunion! πŸ˜‰

  13. Bikini times a million. I love my hair so much! And bikinis don’t scare me as much as one pieces. They make me look like a ten-year-old. Ick! Although I probably can’t even pull that off anymore. I shudder to think of what they’d make me look like now that I’m not in my 20’s.

    • HA HA HA Tamara…totally agree with you about the one piece…I tend to go with the tankini these days!

  14. I’m with Jennifer on this one – I’d just skip it but to be honest, showing up with a shaved head would not shock my high school friends so if I wanted shock factor it’d be bikini and if I was upset at Mr. Big then it’d be a shaved head

    • After the reunion you can wear all the hats you want…but at the reunion…as Stacey said above bald is beautiful! πŸ˜‰

  15. WHAT?! Totally bikini!! I practically shaved my head in high school-it was really, really, really short-and people thought I was a total weirdo (I was/am).

    But, if I were forced to wear a bikini, maybe I would actually get in shape…..?

  16. I would SHAVE my bikini area — and wear the bikini on my HEAD.

    Which would not surprise my high school alums in the least.

    I was president of the Student Council (are you BRAGGING? why yes. yes, I am) — which means that I ensured all our student assemblies featured characters from Saturday Night Live — whether they related to the topic at hand — or not!

    • Why didn’t I go to your high school Darcy??!! It sounds awesome! And your answer made me burst out laughing!! πŸ™‚

  17. I am shocked and impressed by the number of your readers who would go the bikini route! I think it speaks a little to the demographics of your tribe…not sure I saw any “mid-lifers” stepping up to that plate.
    Funny story: when I went to my 20th HS reunion my name badge had someone else’s picture on it. So I’d go with the shaved head and everyone would think I was Jill Barrow. Done!

    • Me, too Mo…shocked I tell you!
      HA HA HA on your story…I just BURST out laughing!! That is awesome! πŸ™‚

  18. This would totally be a seasonal choice for me…if it’s hot, I’d say rock the bikini. No long term repercussions other than some funny/horrifying pictures. But if it’s cold outside, I’d take the razor and rock a cute hat! (Though this question isn’t fair for me; I went to an all-girls high school. No worries about a HS crush seeing me bald or in a bikini!)

  19. Having had visual confirmation of a great many of the folks who will be showing up for the 20th (no I’m not one of them) I’m going with…. bikini.

    Because dude, I have lots and lots of hair.

  20. Okay, well either way, I’m still going to feel naked. I would go in the bikini only because that’s temporary. Shaved heads are beautiful, but I’d rather keep my hair and then find an old high school friend who knows how to do a body wrap out of bathroom paper towel. I’d buy her all her drinks for the night. Love the “would you rathers!”

    • Glad you are enjoying them Karen! πŸ™‚ The body wrap out of the bathroom paper towel made me CRACK UP!! That would be an awesome visual! πŸ˜‰

  21. This is tough. My first reaction is the shaved head because these stretch marks and post three babies belly just don’t do bikinis. But, I really do love my hair – one of the few things I have always like about my appearance – and the shaved head would take a lot longer to undo. The bikini would be horrific, but just for one night. Truth is, I would need a lot of alcohol to go to my 20th high school reunion anyway (which is right around the corner) so, the next morning I probably would’t remember rocking the bikini anyway, but I ‘d still have to face the bald head. So, after all that, I’m going with the bikini! (Can’t believe i just said that!)

  22. Since it’s been 33 years since high school I’m not ever showing up anywhere in a bikini. However, I do wear a tankini when swimming or snorkeling. Does that count? No amount of fat or blubber shall ever be seen. Stretch marks from 3 babies and lots of up and down weight gain/loss. Nope, not happening. I’ll shave my head and let everyone stare. My hair is already short as it is. What’s a couple more inches, eh?

  23. I already knew it when I read the title – I would shave my head in a heartbeat.
    Bikini? Maybe 50 pounds ago, I used to wear them all the time πŸ™‚
    Also – in my college years I actually had my head pretty close to shaved, it was just long enough that my hairdresser could write the word “rebel” on the back of my head with his clippers – true story!

    • Totally wear a sash…couldn’t agree with you more…I don’t see nearly enough sashes around town! πŸ˜‰

  24. Shaved head for the win! If you asked this question 10 years ago, heck even 5 years ago, I might have given it a little more thought. But now? I don’t even own a bikini!

    • Me either Kristen, me either! Pretty sure the last bikini I owned was when it had a ruffle across at the back! πŸ˜‰

  25. Well half of my hair is already shaved so I’d just go full throttle! Shave it all off. Plus I’d where a one piece and heels. Compromise. LOL.

  26. Totally a shaved head! Everyone would be too scared to ask what was going on (I could be sick or something). The bikini would demand too much attention.

    • WHAT?! We thought for *sure* you’d pick bikini with all of your fitness prowess!! Who knew?! Of course you would get a lot of attention in a bikini. All your classmates would be jealous. You are sweet to want to spare them.

  27. Well, seeing as how no one from my class has ever planned a reunion, I’m gonna say shaved head and hope it never happens. Although a bunch of the “in” kids did invite me to a partial reunion at the lake last month. I guess a bikini would have been more appropriate there.

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