I've always loved long hair. In both men and women.When I was a child I used to dream of having long,flowing tresses which to me was the epitome of feminine grace. I 've been wearing my hair long ever since I was a teenager,the longest in my early twenties when my chestnut hair reached down to my waist. And if you asked me now to describe how my ideal or 'higher'self would look like in the physical ,I'd give you a version of me with long locks of hair coming down almost to my feet. What's more, I've always found men with long hair physically attractive,and the longer the better,though I'd rather they wear it swept away from their faces. (I had always been a little puzzled by this particular preference of mine when it comes to men,since I've always been attracted to strong,masculine men and long hair is clearly not associated with a macho male!)
No other part of the body seems to hold such a variety of symbolic power as the hair. It is both part of our body, and therefore part of our individual identity, and yet at the same time it is changeable and detachable: it emerges and falls out, it can be altered according to taste and fashion, it can be covered or revealed,colored or cut, given or revered. Growing quicker than any other part of our body, it is our most visibly living organ and in this sense is a manifestation of living.
Long hair represents femininity in most cultures and most eras.While long hair is considered “sexy” in women,short haired women are thought of as strong but generally less sexy. Hair for women is a clear represantation of their sexuality, which in some cultures is both sacred and forbidden,a taboo. It is a taboo for women to publicly dispay their hair in Islamic society which reveals hair’s sexual potency. Clearly they recognise that modesty must be enforced through hair-concealment, to ward off sexual desires, promiscuity, and the threat to family and the social status quo.
Most women who wear their hair quite short are being described as confident and strong,qualities which our society traditionally attributes to men. Likewise, most men wear their hair short in modern western culture,to show off their masculinity and power.Shaving their hair off is a powerful way for some men (and women) to show to the world a more powerful,macho side of themselves.
A well known,illuminating ritual of sacrificing hair for a more macho image is entry into the army:
''At the end of the process, all the soldiers, until they become familiar with their new selves, look exactly the same: their identity has been shorn, along with their hair, instilling them into their new life as tiny meaningless cogs in a giant allegorical weapon. The army may claim that the shearing of locks is solely hygienic, but of course there is no such simplistic teleology. Ritual marine shaving, making man into monkey, is a purely symbolic act of self-negation. It is the equivalent of entering prison for the first time, handing over all your belongings, clothes, identification, and taking in return standard issue clothing: a person becoming a convict, as the soldiers walk into the barber’s hall civilians, and walk out tools. The removal of hair is the removal of self, an exchange of "I" for "Us".
But why is hair a symbol of femininity? After all,it's not like hair is a sexual organ or related to the reproductive function of a woman,like breasts and butt, for example. Still,her hair remains a "woman's crown of glory''. I always knew there was some kind of connection between hair,particularly long hair,and intuition.(which is considered a very feminine attribute,in most cultures). Then I stumbled on this link here and my suspicions were confirmed. Hair is linked to intuition and extrasensory or paranormal perception! Read the article to find out how. Here's the conclusion of it:
The mammalian body has evolved over millions of years. Survival skills of human and animal at times seem almost supernatural. Science is constantly coming up with more discoveries about the amazing abilities of man and animal to survive. Each part of the body has highly sensitive work to perform for the survival and well being of the body as a whole.The body has a reason for every part of itself.
Hair is an extension of the nervous system, it can be correctly seen as exteriorized nerves, a type of highly evolved 'feelers' or 'antennae' that transmit vast amounts of important information to the brain stem, the limbic system, and the neocortex.
Not only does hair in people, including facial hair in men, provide an information highway reaching the brain, hair also emits energy, the electromagnetic energy emitted by the brain into the outer environment. This has been seen in Kirlian photography when a person is photographed with long hair and then rephotographed after the hair is cut.
When hair is cut, receiving and sending transmissions to and from the environment are greatly hampered. This results in numbing-out .
Cutting of hair is a contributing factor to unawareness of environmental distress in local ecosystems. It is also a contributing factor to insensitivity in relationships of all kinds. It contributes to sexual frustration.
The story of Sampson and Delilah in the Bible has a lot of encoded truth to tell us. When Delilah cut Sampson's hair, the once undefeatable Sampson was defeated!
I guess this explains why I 've always loved long hair in both men and women: to me intuition is one of the most cherished attributes in both sexes. I love being a feminine,intuitive woman,but I also love a man who is balanced,both strong and secure enough in his masculinity to trust his intuitive side!
Love,peace and long hair