Long Hair Legends

Long hair has been one of mankind's most prized aesthetic features for centuries. We revere, idolize and adore long hair whether it adorns a man, woman or child.

Our princesses rock flowing long locks, our warriors bravely flaunt thick manes and mermaids languish in the depths of our fantasies and imaginations with flowing tresses that mimic the motion of the water...

In our modern world, the rich and famous pay to embellish their natural hair with extensions which helps to emphasis thickness and volume as well as lending length.

But why do we love long hair so much?

Here are a few myths and legends that abound regarding one of our best loved body parts...our hair!

Native American Indians
To the Native American Indian, hair is of huge significance. It represents a manifestation of thought and spirit and is reflective of the very core and soul of the individual. The growth of hair is reflected by the growth of nature; the grass, the flowers and the trees. Being able to grow a head of long and healthy hair is a sign of strength, nutrition and virility (as well as fertility). Hair was also believed to be able to defend the individual against evil intentions and spirits. To cut or shed the hair is a sign of submission and defeat. As such, the growing of long hair is an act of rebellion. Hair was routinely cut to represent mourning a loved one or a loss of some kind.

The Kundalini
The Kundalini culture believes that entwining the hair atop the head helps the hair boost energy stores. At night, the hair is brushed out, revitalised by this daily energy ritual. Such practice did not merely serve aesthetic purposes, indeed the hair was seen as a spiritual vessel that could increase a person's mental, emotional and spiritual energies. The longer the hair, the deeper and richer the spiritual connection and capacity.

The wild, untamed Celts had equally wild and untamed hair. The Celts held a mythology that to leave home at night with loose hair was a bad omen. Hair often reflects the spirit and character of the wearer. Free hair represents something more primal and animal whilst bound hair expresses constraint and tempered will.

The Victorians
The Victorians of England believed that hair represented fertility and indeed many still believe this today across the world. In order for hair to grow, a person must be healthy and eating a diet rich in vitamins and nutrients. Damaged or thin hair can represent a nutrient deficit which can be indicative of a deeper issue. Women in particular see a link between fertility and their hair culturally. It is no surprise that long hair is directly correlated with youth - the time when a woman is most fertile.

East Asia
East Asians link hair with beauty and of course, youth. As hair tends to be thicker and longer when we are younger, this isn't a farfetched beauty myth at all. Of course long hair is linked with femininity globally making it a highly desired physical feature. Long hair immediately adds appeal particularly when it is well kept and well groomed.

In Russia, hair was perceived as a defiant gesture. Often, when we cut or tame the hair, we are subjected in some way. Monks, military men and prisoners all cut or shave their hair to create a more homogenous identity. Hair is bound up with pride and personality. It reflects something of who we are as individuals, much like a lions mane. In ancient Russia women were expressly forbidden to ever cut their hair. Hair also divulged information about the health of a person; the more attractive the hair, the healthier the person.

Yogis believe that long hair helps the brain. It makes a person more imaginative, more cosmically inclined and it improves their memory. All very inspirational reasons to let your hair grow! Yogis believe that the head is of pivotal importance and as the hair grows from the head, it must be of equal importance.

So, which hair legends do you have a personal preference for?