Last spring I desperately needed a change, and I literally chopped my hair in half. Have you ever gone through something and taken it out on your hair? I’ve done this so many times in the past, and there is always this odd temporary relief afterwards. I actually cut and reshaped my curls four different times last year. Well I’ve finally put my hair shears aside, and it’s been seven months since I toyed with them at all.
(Image above… Left Side/October 2015 & Right Side/May 2016)
I actually decided not to cut, trim, or “dust” my hair at all this year. I figured there really isn’t a specific need to cut my hair now. I have a solid hair regimen that is working for me, and I am not causing damage to my hair in any way. Terry LaFlesh, the creator of the Tightly Curly Method, also believed in not cutting hair that isn’t being damaged, and her locks are stunning. I have also been doing some research on different spiritual and cultural beliefs around hair. I’m starting to really believe that there is more to uncut hair than attraction alone.
“Our hair fashions might be just a trend, but if we investigate, we may find that we have been depriving ourselves of one of the most valuable sources of energy for human vitality.” -Yogi Bhajan
My research on uncut hair lead me to a particular article about American Indian males being recruited to serve in the Vietnam War. They were recruited specifically for their amazing tracking abilities. They passed test after test after test, and the military was in complete awe.
Once they enlisted into the army, they also were told they needed to cut their hair. Once their hair was cut these tracking abilities were no longer present. They noticed this with so many American Indian soldiers that they later allowed them to keep their long hair.
In Native American culture hair is seen as power, individuality, and strength.
Yogis believe that uncut hair raises Kundalini energy which increases vitality, intuition, and tranquility. The biblical story of Samson and Delilah continue with these same thoughts on the power of hair. You can find three very interesting articles on the spirituality of hair here.
Hair is often stated to be dead protein, yet it is an extension of the nervous system. This clearly explains why the hairs on our arms stand up when something odd may happen. This seems to correlate more with the body providing intuitive information just like when we have gut feelings.
Extremely long hair is praised in some cultures, yet is often deemed as unprofessional especially for men in the US. I’ve never had extremely long hair. I’m the girl who shaved off all her hair in college for “freedom”, and I later shaved off all of my hair three other times for different reasons following. I’m now at a place where I am curious about the energy of long hair and what it brings with it. I haven’t cut my hair in seven months, and I am now uninterested in doing so in the future.
Do you believe hair is just hair, or is there something more to this that we don’t really know enough about?
(Image by Dawn Michelle)