Symbolism of Cutting Long Hair + Self-Portrait

 

I cut my hair last night, eight to ten inches of my comfort chopped right off. No remnants of the turquoise that I’ve adored for a few years, but rather only my natural dark tone remains. I've had long hair for most of my life, and it's going to take some time to get used to the shortened style as it slowly begins to grow back out. I always held great value in my hair as it served as a shield of protection, spoke of creativity with its vivid color, and was an extension of my soul. The longer my hair was, the safer I felt.⁣

Native American culture has always grabbed my attention (fun fact my great-grandmother was full blood Cherokee), and their beliefs tied to hair resonates well within. Long hair is believed to connect us to nature and be an extension of the nervous system allowing us to feel the world that surrounds. It is a symbol of strength and power.⁣

Native Americans would cut their hair when there was a death in the family to symbolize grief and loss. The cut hair represents the time with their loved one, and the new growth is the life after. In other ritualistic cuttings, the fallen locks would denote separation of past actions and thoughts.⁣

A new chapter has begun in my life. The intentional haircut is symbolic of my goodbyes to the attachment and pain of things tied to my past. I lovingly surrender the pieces that hold me back from becoming everything I’m meant to be. May I manifest all that I desire and deserve. May the world see me in my natural state.⁣

 
Self Love Portrait | Diary of Magnolia