Moon Beauty – Lunar Hair Care, Your Ultimate Guide
I’m always encouraging friends to follow my Lunar Hair Care advice in order to really get the most from their beauty regime. I’ll preach till the cows come home (it’s my Moon in Sagittarius!) but I’m not always convinced they truly ‘get it’!
I wanted to make it easier for them, and you, with this simple guide that helps you to follow the movements of the Moon and see the best days for cutting and waxing your hair, and you can watch my YouTube video here or below.
Lunar Hair Care Explained…
For thousands of years the Moon has served us as a brilliant calendar, although in recent times we’ve relied on more convenient clockwork devices. However the Moon still controls the tides, regulates our periods, some farmers even plant their crop in tune with it’s phases (called Biodynamic Gardening).
Essentially the gravitational pull of the Moon affects how fast or slow things here on Earth will grow.
Back in the days of ye old beauty queens, women would use Mama Moon as a go-to guide to their hair re-growth rate. Ladies would look at the night sky and notice the Moon getting fuller over consecutive days, or watch it waning (getting smaller). This dictated when they’d undertake certain rituals, such as cutting their lovely locks (or plucking a rouge witches chin hair!) I’m revisiting the theory once again, talking to beauticians that are familiar with the theory (even if they don’t believe it!) In particular, it’s the hairdressers and waxing professionals who have heard the rumours…
Go On Then, Give Me The Lowdown…
When the Moon is growing in the sky (also known as Waxing,) the rate of hair growth is rapid, and any cut or trim will only serve to keep those luscious locks flowing freely. This is the case right up until the Full Moon hour, when la Luna is at its most powerful (and I think that’s the very best time for a haircut).
To take advantage of the momentum of the Moon and it’s supportive phase for growth, you must cut hair in the run up to the Full Moon, not thereafter.
You’ll find the times and dates below.
The Waxing Phase is also the optimum time to rejuvenate and repair the skin, replenishing it with all the good stuff like gorgeous vitamin enriched moisturisers. Your skin and hair is more absorbent during this time, and your nails grow faster too.
Conversely, once the Full Moon has shined brightly in the night sky to its optimum, it starts to ‘wane’.
The Waning Phase will see hair slow its pace of growth, as will nails and skin. Repair is slightly harder to achieve on cuts and grazes and skin is less absorbent. However, it is a prime time to detox and draw out any of the bad stuff you want to get rid of – sweat it out in the sauna sister! Go to town with mud packs, and if you use those little pore strips you’ll like the results better now – those blackheads will walk out of your nose on a Waning Moon! Treat yourself to that colonic too.
If you want a haircut to retain it’s shape (some people don’t like going to the hairdresser or barber all the time,) then have your haircut during the Waning Moon, as hair cut now will grow more slowly.
So, that’s after the Full Moon, through to just before the New Moon (again, dates below).
By the time we’re teetering into the New Moon, you have the very best time to wax, pluck or thread. Exfoliate and get rid of any unwanted body bits before it arrives because they’ll be slower to return, see?
Another fact for you, our pain threshold is lower on a Full Moon and blood flows more freely, another reason to avoid a wax around the Full Moon!
OK, I’m Convinced But How Can I Tell If The Moon’s Waxing Or Waning?!
Simply Look Up In The Sky Dear…
There’s many ways to follow the phases of the Moon. In fact, you’ll notice lots of the diaries in shops have teeny tiny Moons on the pages to show what stage she’s at. You can buy an Ephemeris for all the planetary placements or find the dates easily online. Why not bookmark this page as a handy guide, and the dates below for 2014.
2014 New Moon Dates
☆ 11.15am 1st January ☆ 9.40pm 20th January ☆ 8.00am 1st March ☆ 6.15am 29th April ☆ 6.40pm 28th May ☆ 8.10am 27th June ☆ 10.40pm 26th July ☆ 2.15pm 25th August ☆ 6.15am 24th September ☆ 10.00pm 23rd October ☆ 12.30pm 22nd November ☆ 1.35am 22nd December ☆
2014 Full Moon Dates
☆ 5.00am 16th January ☆ 11.55pm 14th February ☆ 5.10pm 16th March ☆ 7.45am 15th April ☆ 7.20pm 14th May ☆ 4.10am 13th June ☆ 11.25pm 12th July ☆ 6.10pm 10th August ☆ 1.40am 9th September ☆ 10.50am 8th October ☆ 10.30pm 6th November ☆ 12.30pm 6th December ☆
Where it all begins, the start of the cycle. Right now, if you were to see what was going on up there you’d notice that the Sun and Moon were sitting together! If you can wax (and pluck, exfoliate etc.) just before the New Moon, this is the optimum time for a slower grow back.
This is a growing Moon, making its way to becoming full. Skin and hair are more absorbent so moisturise, repair any skin issues and get lots of vitamins into your body. Bear in mind that a hair cut won’t really hinder your locks from flowing, it’s likely to encourage healthy growth instead.
The Full Moon itself is prime for cutting your hair so it grows thicker, faster and longer, a manicure or file down will result in nails that are strong and grow quickly too. Don’t wax as it could be more painful, and grow back rapidly and possibly thicker!
After the Full Moon comes the phase where the Moon decreases. You might want to start a diet now, detox, exfoliate and get rid of any unwanted bits of body! Sweat it out in the sauna and steam, and why not consider a colonic? It’ll be more effective now…
Lunar Hair Care – Use It Or Loose It!
It’s up to you if you embrace this ancient wisdom and take note of the Moon but really what have you got to loose? Reawaken this long forgotten tradition and see if you notice the magic of the Moon at work…