A Beautiful Hair Affair
As a child, my grandmother would always tell me old wive's tales about hair. While reading
Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America," I found all of the hair superstitions
my mom used to tell me-and more. The authors, Lori L. Tharps and Ayana Byrd did an excellent job
in gathering all of these sayings.
Although I am familiar with many of these superstitions, this list was compiled by Ayana Byrd
and Lori L. Tharp, authors of Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America." They
can be found on page 24.
- Always burn the hair in your brush or someone could use it to put a hex on you.
- Never comb, brush, or cut your hair outside because if a bird comes and collects a stray
lock for its nest, you will:
- Feel it pecking at your head
- Get headaches
- Suffer the same fate as the bird's babies
- Always wear your hair covered when menstruating.
- If you allow more than one person to work on your hair at a time:
- Your hair will fall out
- The youngest worker will die
- Don't let a pregnant woman do your hair or you'll become pregnant too.
- After someone finishes working on your hair, it's bad luck to say thank you. Instead, say "More hair."
- Never cut a boy child's hair before age one or:
- It won't grow
- It will be kinky and nappy
- After you cut your hair, if you place a lock in the Bible it will grow back faster.
- It's bad luck for a woman to cut a man's hair, especially if she's menstruating.
- If you want your hair to grow back, only cut it when there is a full moon.
- If you get gray hair when you're young, it means you were a good baby.
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