Hair is so much more than just protein and melanin. Each strand is a tiny chronicle of every emotional, hormonal and nutritional experience.
In modern Western culture, while we may not have the conscious understanding of the spiritual impact of how and who we choose to do our hair nevertheless it’s a big energy exchange. In shamanic practice, there is a ceremony called a cutting of cords, a release of old energies, patterns, beliefs, and connections.
After certain events in our life we do have that feeling of wanting to cut our hair. You might think of regular trips to the salon as trend-chasing or vanity, but that’s not always the case, say the shamans.
During the Vietnam War the United States military recruited Native American trackers and scouts. It is said an amazing thing happened. Whatever talents and skills they had possessed on the reservation seemed to mysteriously disappear, as recruit after recruit failed to perform as expected in the field.
When questioned about their failure to perform as expected, the older recruits replied consistently that when they received their required military haircuts, they could no longer sense the enemy.
They could no longer access a sixth sense, their intuition no longer was reliable, they couldn’t read subtle signs as well. According to the Natives, hair is an extension of the nervous system, a type of highly evolved feelers or antennae that transmit vast amounts of important information to the brain stem, the limbic system, and the neocortex. In olden times everyone had long hair.