Trimming your hair on a regular basis is a must in order to maintain it's healthy glow and to ensure it's growth and beauty. Trimming the hair guards against the damages that everyday maintenance rituals such as combing, pulling, applying heat and chemical treatments such as relaxers, color, and drying hair products. The ends of your hair can split, dry and break and if that damaged hair is not removed, it will sap nutrients from the healthy hair causing the damage to spread. Even if you are trying to grow your hair, you should not shy away for trimming the ends on a regular basis. How often you trim your hair will vary according to professionals from monthly to six to eight weeks. Even more important is when you trim your hair if you want to ensure growth, beauty and strength. At The GreenSistah™Project, we recommend that Lunar (moon) Cycle for the best times to trim your "Crowning Glory"
For centuries people connected to the earth have relied on the cycles of the moon to plant crops predict the birth of a child and woman's menstrual cycle and determine the best time to trim hair for length, strength, and beauty. Just as a farmer would not plant or harvest her crops during the wrong time of year, the earth connected GreenSistah™ would not trim her hair during the phase of the moon that would not produce the desired results. Just like a vegetable or tree planted in the soil, so is the hair planted deep within the follicles in the scalp.
According to the "Hair Shaman" Anthony Morrocco, "Our body is a microcosm of the earth. Like this planet's varietal vegetation — algae, seaweed, plants, flowers and trees — our body has similar diversified vegetation in our pubic hair; facial, eyebrow and eyelash hair; torso and appendage hair and, of course, our Crowning Glory." Throughout the various phases of the moon their is an optimal time to trim your hair for growth, beauty, strength, to repair your roots or to slow down growth. For example, as I'm writing this article on April 12, 2018 the moon is in it's waning phase. During this phase, the moon's illumination is growing smaller each day until the new moon. My Elders call this the dark of the moon. Planting during the waning phase encourages healthy root growth for crops and trimming your hair during this time of the moon will encourage strong healthy hair roots.
Years ago, I discovered The Lunar Hair Cutting Chart at Morrocco Method.com and have used it ever since. I shared it with my newsletter subscribers and received testimony after testimony about it's accuracy. You can download your own copy free of charge at www.morroccomethod.com. I keep mine taped to my bathroom mirror.
Certified Green Lifestyle Coach, Licensed Esthetician
If you often experience hair that is tangled, frizzy, breaking or splitting at the ends, chances are there is an ingredient at the top of the ingredient label on your shampoo bottle listed as sodium lauryl sulfate (sls). SLS is a harsh detergent or surfactant that manufacturers use in shampoo to increase the lather and foam in shampoo. Lather sells shampoo because most of us are misinformed and associate foam and lather with cleanliness, but the amount of lather in your shampoo is no way related the quality of your shampoo.
Sodium laurel and sodium laureate sulfates should be avoided because they strip the hair of it's natural oils, leaving hair frizzy, tangled, dry, and cause split ends which result in irreversible damage to the hair.
SLS is also an irritant which can cause redness and inflammation of the scalp and eyes. Sulfates also strip your color which may require you to color your hair more often which can also cause damage to the hair.
A good shampoo will help increase moisture retention while it gently washes away excess oil and dirt. It should clean the hair and scalp while maintaining the scalp's ability to secrete natural oils. A good shampoo will not harm the pigment, therefore, maintaining your hair color. Moreover, a shampoo should never be so harsh as to irritate your scalp nor cause dryness and flakiness. Natural Living Ideas has compiled a short list of some awesome shampoos that are free of SLS and other harsh chemicals, all GreenSistah™️approved. The effects a chemical-free shampoo will have on your hair and health are priceless.
Author: Willette Monk
Founder: The GreenSistah™Project