The Ultimate Guide to Cutting Hair by the Moon

Astrology has long been affecting the way people live their lives, whether it’s determining compatibility with a significant other or deciding on a fashion sense. But what if your astrological sign could also influence your hair’s length and health? It has long been said that the moon holds power over all living things, and now, astrology enthusiasts are saying that the phases of the moon also affects one’s hair, leading to a new method of cutting hair based on the moon’s cycles.

What Does It Mean to Cut Your Hair by the Moon?

Because of the ambiguous nature of astrology itself, this haircutting method isn’t fully confirmed by science. It is thought that the moon regulates growth because it has a direct pull on all living things. The idea is that once the full moon comes around, the universal powers of expansion are at their strongest, which is thought to encourage hair growth once it is cut. We all know that frequent trims keep your hair healthy and expedite the growth process. Removing the dead ends from you hair makes your locks grow thicker and more quickly, so using a moon haircut calendar (when the moon’s pull is strongest) will give you a higher chance of channeling the natural elements in order to encourage root growth. Want to know how to read a lunar hair chart? Watch this video!

You can also use the seasons of the zodiac signs as a helpful haircutting guide. The sun and the moon take one full year to go through all of the zodiac signs — this is how our birthday signs come about — and while it is going through each sign, the moon completes one monthly lunar cycle. The optimal times for hair growth can be determined by the water and fire zodiac signs.

Water Signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)

When the moon passes through these water sign seasons, it is said that the energies are the most fertile. This means that during these times, repair, recovery, and growth are promoted. So if you’re hoping for a haircut that will yield long and healthy locks, you’ll want to book your stylist during a water sign season. In order to keep track of when these times fall, remember that the Cancer season is June 21 to July 22, the Scorpio period is October 23 to November 21, and finally, the Pisces season is February 19 to March 20.

Fire Signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)

Unlike the water signs, the fire zodiac signs are the driest periods, so they do not bring about any signs of growth whatsoever. However, these signs are best for booking hair removal appointments, like waxing or laser procedures, because there is so little fertile energy during these times. So, the optimal times for unwanted hair removal is during the fire signs (particularly during Aries). The Aries season runs from March 21 to April 19, the Leo season is from July 23 to August 22, and the Sagittarius season is November 22 to December 21.

The Lunar Cycle

Over the course of a month, the moon goes through phases, and to the naked eye, it just seems like the cycle simply includes different shades of the moon. However, the lunar cycle is a centuries-old method of determining the strength of the moon and has helped build astrology as a science. The lunar calendar dates all the way back to 8000 BC Scotland, and ever since, farmers have been using this system to determine the best harvesting and planting seasons. Today, you can use the same cycle to determine when you should trim your hair. Hairdresser Garrett Markenson told NYLON magazine that aligning your haircut with a particular phase of the moon should be looked at as another option to improving the overall appearance of your hair.

What Are the Benefits of This Method?

Morocco Method, a blog that specializes in hair care and healthy living, encourages the use of this haircutting schedule and outlines a list of goals for your hair once you start this method. When followed directly, the moon haircutting method can do wonders for the health of your locks. If you choose to cut your hair on the moon’s schedule, here are some of the results that Morocco Method says you may start to see.

#1: Longer and Thicker Hair

Cutting hair by the moon revitalizes your hair growth patterns, and therefore, encourages your locks to grow two to three times faster than it normally would with your normal haircut schedule. This cutting pattern also promotes new growth cycles all the way down to your follicles, which will cause them to thicken. According to Astrologists at Llewellyn Worldwide (a New Age publishing company), the end of the moon’s cycle is the best time to harness the moon’s ability to create thicker hair, particularly when the moon lies in Pieces, Capricorn, Taurus, or Cancer.

#2: Stronger Hair and Healthier Roots

Lunar schedules enable hair roots and follicles to strengthen growth patterns, which produce stronger and more durable locks. Because your hair is being strengthened at the follicle, your scalp also benefits from lunar cutting. Astrologists have determined that trimming or cutting your hair at the beginning of a New Moon phase will have the best perpetuation of growth.

#3: Improved Texture and Shine

As an added bonus, cutting by the moon improves and evens out the texture and shine of your hair. Since the moon’s pull improves the strength and health of your hair, it should be no surprise that your locks will grow back with an added shine. It also helps enhance and define natural curls and waves.

How to Plan for Your Cut

Now that you know how you can benefit from cutting hair on a full moon, you should know how to properly plan for a moon calendar haircut. The most effective times to cut your hair are during full moons, particularly during equinoxes and solstices. For the most accurate account of when it is best to cut your hair based on the moon, you’ll have to look at a lunar hair calendar for the year. The lunar chart will display the optimal dates each month for the best full moon haircut. There are severals days to pick from, so cutting your hair according to the moon is much more flexible than you would think. However, the dates in the middle of the month are typically seen as the most powerful.

According to Morocco Method, the prime dates for hair cutting are during the Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox, and the Winter Solstice. These dates change every year, so if you want to use these times as a hair cutting guide, be sure to check when exactly they fall on the calendar year.

How Should You Cut?

Cutting your hair according to the moon’s calendar doesn’t mean you should chop off several inches every month. Trimming hair on full moon schedules is the best method. Snip anywhere from 1/8 to 1 inch in order to seal dry ends, and yield healthy, beautiful hair.

When it comes to a haircut, moon calendar schedules can have a huge influence on the speed and quality of your hair growth. If you’ve tried every hair growth product imaginable, and still have yet to see any progress, why not give cutting according to the moon a try? You might be surprised by the results!