For centuries, humans have followed the moon’s cycles to determine when to plant and harvest crops. Planting during a particular lunar cycle determines what the crop will yield. In other words, whether a farmer plants his seeds during a full moon, a new moon, or the waning or waxing moons influences whether the crops are bountiful or sparse. This same practice can be applied to your hair. It’s called Lunar Hair Care.
Whatever intention you may have for your hair — thicken, root work, strengthen, lengthen, or beautify — you can achieve the goal by coordinating when you cut your hair with the lunar cycle.
What is the Lunar Hair Chart?
The Lunar Hair Chart is created from the wisdom and math of the Farmer’s Almanac, Western Astrology and the Mayan Lunar Calendar for optimizing hair cutting. The chart utilizes the moon’s natural cycle and applies it to hair care. In conjunction with the Blunt Snip technique this provides the ultimate hair cutting result for any hair type. The Lunar Hair Chart highlights days each month that promote five hair goals:
- Thicken – Earth – Want fuller hair? Thicken promotes the activation of new growth cycles in the hair follicles.
- Root Work – Water – Cutting on a root work day shocks the entire growth cycle and reinvigorates hair at the scalp and deeper at the follicle level. Much like the enriched soil of a plant, a healthy scalp provides a good foundation for naturally healthy hair.
- Strengthen – Fire – Strengthen is a popular goal for those wanting to avoid premature hair fall. Cutting your hair on these dates reinforces roots, bulbs and follicles of your hair, producing stronger, more resilient hair.
- Lengthen – Air – Cutting or trimming on these dates stimulates your hair’s natural growth patterns, causing your hair to grow much faster over the following days.
- Beautify – Ether – These lunar days are used to improve the texture and sheen of one’s hair. Beautifying also works to enhance and refine the waviness of one’s hair.
Cutting on a specific date will promote that specific hair goal. The most powerful dates to cut hair are on the Lunar Hair Chart’s full moons, solstices, and equinoxes. Some goals have two or three possible dates — while all three are good, pick whichever one is closest to the Lunar Hair Chart’s Full Moon for optimum results.
You might notice these dates don’t sync with the astrological calendar. This is because modern calendars are based on a 12 moon cycle, and the Mayan Lunar Calendar uses 13 moon phases. The Lunar Hair Chart is optimized for haircutting.
Lunar Goal Combinations
Like our shampoos, it is crucial to rotate your hair goals to keep your hair healthy and to optimize your haircuts. Rotating with Root Work insures that you have a solid foundation. Here are some goal combinations for various results:
- For Hair Loss: Strengthen, Thicken, Root Work
- For Longer Hair: Lengthen, Root Work
- For Thicker Hair: Thicken, Beautify, Root Work
- For More Natural Wave: Beautify, Root Work
Each date is the equivalent to a number of acupuncture treatments for hair health, increasing exponentially on the date chosen:
- Average Cutting Day: 6-10
- Full Moon: 8-12
- Solstice/Equinox: 10-15
- Full Moon & Solstice/Equinox: 12-16
When Do I Cut?
Deciding when to cut your hair depends on your intention. The lunar cycle offers five choices each month, one for each hair goal. For whatever you’re trying to accomplish with your hair, coordinating your hair cutting with one of these dates optimizes results. Solstices and equinox are particularly beneficial to your hair health. But keep in mind that dates change month-to-month; so make sure you keep to your unique schedule, and work with the Morrocco Method’s Lunar Calendar here.
Time Zones and Hemispheres
We have calculated the Lunar Hair Chart for three different time zones: North America, UK, Europe and Australia, assuming you are going to cut your hair between 8 am and 8 pm.
If you are located in the Southern Hemisphere — Australia or Brazil, for instance — California’s Summer Solstice would be your Winter Solstice, California’s Spring Equinox your Fall Equinox, and vice versa. You would still cut your hair on this very powerful date, but you might have different rituals or observances to go with the season.
How Do I Cut?
For optimal results, combine the Lunar Hair Care method with the Blunt Snip Haircutting Technique. Whether you cut your hair yourself or employ a professional hair stylist, the Blunt Snip Technique banishes the razor effect, which creates thin ends and frees your hair of split and dead ends, helping to promote healthy growth. For more on the Blunt Snip Haircutting Technique, click here.
Important Things to Remember…
Just as there are days that promote hair growth, cutting your hair on particular days can retard your progress towards your goal. Cutting your hair on certain days can potentially make your hair grow slower, not unlike planting a seed in winter and expecting it to grow. And remember to take pride in your hair. A trip to the salon is not a gossip-session; it’s a time to relax and let a professional help you on the path to perfect hair. Surrender your precious locks only to competent, conscientious, and experienced hair professionals; somebody who can envision your goal, make it happen, and most importantly knows when to stop!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does my birthday have anything to do with lunar-based haircuts?
A: If the cycle falls directly on your birthday, by all means do the cut on that day for optimum results! Otherwise, choose the most convenient date noted on the calendar.
Q: Can I trim my hair on a non-Lunar date?
A: Dates not on the Lunar Hair Chart are considered the best days for retarding hair growth. So these are ideal for waxing, plucking and shaving unwanted hair.
Q: Will my hair improve if I just use the Lunar Hair Chart and nothing else?
A: Cutting your hair is just one aspect of healthy hair care. Think of Morrocco Method as spokes in a Wheel to optimum hair health. Using MM products, cutting your hair properly, eating a nutritional diet, and keeping stress down are spokes in a wheel that create the greatest structural integrity for hair health.
Q: The date I wanted to cut was yesterday! Can I cut my hair still?
A: It is better just to wait for the next date on the Lunar Hair Chart than to cut off the chart.
To get your Lunar Hair Chart, please visit: shop.morroccomethod.com/Lunar-Hair-Care
Words from the Hair Shaman:
Think of your head of hair as a work of art—to which the artisan must apply enough skill and respect to stop when creation is complete. Making a conscious decision to quiet your mind beforehand and/or doing silent meditation during the session are much more preferable to what usually goes on at a salon.
If you politely explain to the hair professional that you’d like a tranquil atmosphere, he or she will understand. Many of them welcome a change from the chatter and nerve-wracking decibel levels so prevalent in modern salons! You could ask for an appointment before or after normal business hours.
While doing research in Central America, I studied with respected shamans. These healers, who preserve mythic traditions of their indigenous kinsmen, are specifically trained to understand the subtleties of the moon’s energy field. I observed that the moon’s influence appears in every culture worldwide. The Farmer’s Almanac contains detailed lunar phase data which is used all across the country to determine best times for crop irrigation, sowing and reaping.
Even home hobbyists know that pruning their gardens on certain days leads to more bountiful blooms. While integrating the moon’s phases into hair care is not entirely unknown, I succeeded in developing Morrocco Method to incorporate previously undocumented practices from around the world. Initially, I sought to investigate the principles for the sole benefit of my personal hair care clients. But I was later compelled to carefully record each methodology for inclusion in my comprehensive Morrocco Method educational system.
For those of you who are ready to start your own hair cutting journey, check out our free video series with holistic hair cutting professional, Linda Hollatz!