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What does hair mean to you?


In 2019 I decided to stop highlighting my hair after decades, dreading seeing myself possibly turn grey. Then I came across a whole community across the globe of women of all ages, feeling so empowered being in their natural self. It inspired me to take the plunge! At this time I had been revisiting the longer length of my hair from childhood years, quite the opposite from even just a few years ago, wearing a short heavily highlighted precision cut bob. Despite my hair thinning at the age of 58 years, I love the 'feel', energy and look of my hair now. I feel so much more content, more alive, embracing my silver sparkles, the shackles of maintenance and expensive products a distant memory. My 50's is proving to be the most liberating, empowering but also challenges of decades in my life so far. With insights and wisdom we gain as we move through different chapters of life, this brings huge self-awareness and opportunities for self-growth. I stumbled across these writings by an unknown author which inspired me to encourage others to sit and reflect on their own personal relationship with their hair as I have today. I hope you enjoy this sharing. Jenny x "Our hair is the physical extension of our thoughts, it gives us direction throughout our lives; each of our hair represents ourselves, they are strong connection points both of our body and of our spirit according to indigenous peoples. Men and women of wisdom have long hair; on the other hand, in places where tyranny has been presented in any of its forms, short hair has been obligatory and this, together with other factors, has culminated in the spiritual and physical defeat of the peoples. Hair has its own language and character, and the way it is styled is extremely important to whoever wears it: The line in the middle represents the alignment of thought. The braid, the unity of thought with the heart. Loose hair means security. Hair up, conviction. Currently people comb their hair without knowing the meaning of their actions and the style in which it is used, hair is important because leaving vanity or practicality aside, the way you wear your hair will directly affect our mood. Going into the thinking of indigenous peoples we will find that the way of wearing hair combed was of utmost importance because this way their participation in various events was described and announced: marriage or war, joy or mourning. Through the hair and headdresses he wore, you could know the maturity of people, their status in society or the times of peace and war. Hairstyles were like the seasons; They changed on public, private, and ceremonial occasions. The hair represented the individual's thoughts and spiritual state; showing the bonds and spiritual unity of his family and defining the cultural harmony and spiritual alignment of his community. The hair represented the states of nature, flowed in a straight line like waterfalls, or rippled like river water. Indigenous children were taught to wash and rinse their hair. In the teachings of many indigenous tribes, cutting hair represented a process of mourning or proximity to death. Hair was a mystical element in all of them. They did not allow anyone to touch their hair without their permission. On the importance of long hair: For a long time, peoples of different cultures have not cut their hair, because it is a part of who they are. When the hair is allowed to reach its maximum length, then phosphorus, calcium, and vitamin D are produced, and enter the lymphatic fluid and finally the cerebrospinal fluid through two ducts in the upper part of the brain. This ionic change makes memory more efficient and leads to increased physical energy, increased endurance, and stoicism. If you decide to cut your hair, not only will this extra energy and nutrients be lost, but your body will need to provide a large amount of vital energy and nutrients to regrow lost hair. Also, the hairs are the antennas that collect and channel the energy of the sun or (prana) to the frontal lobes, the part of the brain that is used for meditation and visualization. These antennas act as conduits to achieve a greater amount of subtle energy, cosmic energy. It takes approximately three years from the last time the hair was cut to form new antennae at the tips of the hair. Wet hair: When you pick up wet hair, it will tend to shrink and pinch a little, and even break as it dries. A better idea is to take the time to sit in the sun once in a while and allow your clean, damp hair to dry naturally and absorb extra vitamin D. Yogis recommend washing your hair every 72 hours (or more frequently if your scalp sweats a lot). It may also be beneficial to wash your hair after being upset or angry, to help process emotions. Haircut: Often when people were conquered or enslaved, their hair was cut as a sign of slavery, helplessness, and humiliation. The bones of the forehead are porous and their function is to transmit light to the pineal gland, which affects brain activity, as well as the thyroid and sex hormones. Just as tribes and entire societies were conquered, the haircut became so prevalent that the importance of hair was lost after a few generations, and hairstyles and fashion became the focus. Closing cycles: Our hair, like every cell in our body, has a memory, which is why it is common that when we close a chapter of our life, our being asks us for a haircut, unconsciously due to the need for renewal, as when trees loosen their bark, until to regain its vitality. Wooden comb Yogis also recommend using a wooden comb or brush to comb your hair, as it offers a great deal of circulation and stimulation to the scalp, and the wood does not generate static electricity, causing a loss of energy. from the hair to the brain. You will notice that if you comb from front to back, back to front, and then several times to the right and to the left, it will refresh you, no matter how long your hair is. All the weariness of the day will be gone. For women, using this technique to comb hair twice a day is said to help maintain youth, a healthy menstrual cycle, and good eyesight. If you have balding problems, the lack of energy in your hair can be counteracted with more meditation. If you are finding some strands of silver (gray hair) in your hair, be aware that silver or white color increases the flow of energy and vitamins to compensate for aging. For brain health, as you age, try to keep your hair as healthy and natural as possible. It is said that when you allow the hair to grow to its full length and wind it around the crown of the head, the energy of the Sun, the prana, the vital energy, goes down the spine. To counter that downward trend, the Kundalini life energy rises to create balance. Your hair is not there by mistake. It has a purpose." Author unknown

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