On December 4, 2021, the Sun, Moon, and Earth will be perfectly aligned, resulting in a total solar eclipse. By the way, did you know that according to some ancestral beliefs, cutting your hair according to the Moon could impact your hair growth? Here’s what you need to know.
Cutting your hair according to the Moon?
The Moon has always fascinated and captivated people. Some people even believe that it has an impact on our health, beauty, and mood. So, is there any truth in this? It’s hard to weigh in on this controversial subject, but what we can say for sure is that some natural phenomena seemingly linked to lunar cycles have been observed in the mineral, plant, and animal worlds. While there is a scientific explanation for some of these episodes, other phenomena are still rooted in ancestral beliefs and are not scientifically proven.
Beyond affecting tides, sleep, and childbirth, the moon would also influence our beauty, from our skin to nails and hair. The lunar influence would be considerable! We know that the Moon affects plant cell activity, and it would also have an impact on our hair growth. Thus, going for a trim, applying a treatment, or dyeing hair during specific Moon phases would be beneficial for our beautiful hair.
The different phases of the Moon
Actually, we are all familiar with the lunar cycle and its different phases, without even realizing it.
First of all, let’s remember that the lunar cycle is nothing more than changes in the visible surface of the Moon, in other words, the part lit up by the sun.
There are 8 phases in the lunar cycle:
- New Moon
- Waxing Crescent
- First Quarter
- Waxing Gibbous
- Full Moon
- Waning Gibbous
- Last Quarter
- Waning Crescent
Cutting your hair according the Moon: why?
The Moon is believed to have an impact on our hair, especially on its growth, although there is no scientific evidence to support this. The idea is that depending on when you cut your hair, it will either grow back faster and thicker or, conversely, thinner and slower.
When to cut your hair to encourage regrowth?
If you want your beautiful hair to grow back quickly and healthily, opt for a cut during the Waxing Gibbous phase. The Waxing Gibbous is easy to spot between the New Moon and the Full Moon: observe the sky for two days to make sure the moon rises. In December 2021, the Waxing Gibbous will appear on December 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18.
When to cut your hair to discourage regrowth?
Maybe you have short hair and want to keep it that way as long as possible? The Waning Gibbous is meant to slow down hair growth. In addition, if you get your hair cut at the end of the New Moon phase, hair tends to become thinner. In December 2021, the Waning Gibbous will be on December 1, 3, 19, 27, and 31.
Taking care of your hair during the Full Moon
The Full Moon is meant to be the ideal time for hair care. Whether you want to go for a trim or to apply a mask, a conditioner, or other hair care products, hair fibers will be particularly strengthened in this period, making your hair stronger and more resistant.
It is also the perfect time for dying: as your hair is strong and healthy, the color will set better and last longer.
The Moon’s influence: myth or fact?
While the Moon’s influence on life is no longer to be proven, as with the phenomenon of the tidal ebb and flow, there are still doubts about its effect on hair and, more globally, on beauty. However, the lunar cycle is often observed and used in fields such as gardening and agriculture, as the Moon is said to have an impact on plant growth and vitality, but also on the water. And since our body is made up of 80% water, it is fair to wonder if the Moon can have an influence on us. Some specialists and hairdressers agree that, during the Full Moon, capillaries are more dilated, increasing blood flow. Moreover, each person could be more or less affected by the influence of the moon.
So, even if nothing is scientifically proven, it doesn’t cost anything to give it a try and cut your hair according to the lunar cycle! Obviously, opt for organic hair care products and shampoos, which are gentler and milder on your scalp, to maximize the effect and guarantee beautiful and natural hair!