Happy New Year from Tanya! Now, that 2011 is upon us I've chosen to use some of my creative energy to combine two of my passions: Hair & Astrology. Please enjoy my latest musings...
HAIRstrology - Harnessing the Power of the Moon!
Popular astrology focuses on the power of the Sun so much that we forget what a major impact the Moon has on our daily lives. While the Moon's relationship to the tides is common knowledge, its effect on growth is less well known. Farmers time the planting of fields and harvesting of crops around specific Moon phases. In fact, even your hair follicles are quite susceptible to the gravitational pull of the Moon. Lunar gardening and agriculture are such time-honored and proven practices that gardeners and farmers planted their crops during favorable times to achieve maximum growth and yield. If the moon has such a magnificent effect on the ocean, then plants, composed of a good deal of water, must at least be affected to some degree. For humans, water accounts for 60-80% of our body weight. The moon must have an effect on hair since the hair follicles are made of epithelial tissue that is comprised mainly of Hydrogen and Oxygen, the two elements that combine to form water. One explanation for the subtle effect is that during the phase when the moon increases in light (the waxing moon) fluids are drawn upwards as in growth. When the moon decreases in light (the waning moon) fluids flow to the roots. If you planted during a new moon, the growth energy available would increase the success and hardiness of a seedling. If, however, you planted after the full moon, energy for new seeds would decline. Enough about farming, what about the moon phases’ effect on hair?
New Moon Styles Grow Fast
The best astrological signs for faster, longer and healthier hair is the New Moon in Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn or Pisces. Trim ends during the New Moon or during the First Phase of the Moon when the light of the moon is increasing. When possible start a hair growth program with the New Moon in one of the most beneficial signs. Start by trimming a tiny bit of hair from your ends during the New Moon or First Phase of the Waxing (increasing) Moon. These dates are also helpful if you are starting a specific hair growth program and want faster results. When the Moon is in the same place as the Sun, it is called a New Moon. This happens roughly every 28 days. Cut or style your hair after a New Moon only if you want the style to grow out very fast. It's the perfect time to shave your head for a prank or just try a trendy new style. This is a good opportunity to allow your hair to grow if you are trying to grow it out, or a chance for you to try out a new cut without having to make a long term commitment to a new style.
The upcoming New Moons are:
January 4, 2011 - Solar Eclipse
February 2, 2011
March 4, 2011
April 3, 2011
May 3, 2011
June 1, 2011 - Solar Eclipse
July 1, 2011 - Solar Eclipse
July 30, 2011
August 28, 2011
September 27, 2011
October 26, 2011
November 25, 2011 - Solar Eclipse
December 24, 2011
First Quarter Moon Cuts for Long, Luxurious Locks
The first big positional shift as the Moon moves away from the Sun, is called the First Quarter. This is when it appears to be exactly cut in half and can be seen rising in the sky in mid afternoon. Getting a new haircut or style under this aspect is excellent if you want to maintain the look you have while stimulating growth. This weeklong phase is the best time to get rid of split ends without sacrificing too much length.
The upcoming First Quarter Moons are:
January 12, 2011
February 11, 2011
March 12, 2011
April 11, 2011
May 10, 2011
June 8, 2011
July 8, 2011
August 6, 2011
September 4, 2011
October 3, 2011
November 2, 2011
December 2, 2011
Full Moon Cuts for Layers
Trim ends during the Full Moon especially when the Full Moon isin Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn or Pisces. The Full Moon in Leo isespecially beneficial since Leo is the sign of the Lion which is born with afull lush mane. After the Full Moon, you'll find the cut will look newfor longer. It's the perfect time for those with layers to visit the stylist;hair will grow at an even pace keeping your new cut looking crisp andbright.
The upcoming Full Moons are:
January 19, 2011
February 18, 2011
March 19, 2011
April 17, 2011
May 17, 2011
June 15, 2011 - Lunar Eclipse
July 15, 2011
August 13, 2011
September 12, 2011
October 11, 2011
November 10, 2011
December 10, 2011 - Lunar Eclipse
Last Quarter Cuts for Shorter Styles
Trim ends after the Full Moon when the light is decreasing. This is true during the 3rd and 4th quarters of the Waning Moon. This is especially true when the Moon is in Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius or Aquarius, which also slows growth. As the Moon wanes away from its peak fullness, it rises later and later into the night, shrouding itself in mystery. After it passes the third quarter, hair grows slower. Those with short styles who don't want to make frequent trips to the hairdresser should cut during this period.
The upcoming Last Quarter Moons are:
January 26, 2011
February 24, 2011
March 26, 2011
April 24, 2011
May 24, 2011
June 23, 2011
July 23, 2011
August 21, 2011
September 20, 2011
October 19, 2011
November 18, 2011
December 17, 2011
Sun Signs & Hairstyles
In addition to observing the position of the moon, knowing your sun sign will help you choose the hairstyle best suited to your personality and lifestyle. Ask your stylist or astrologer to help you determine the best time for a haircut and the style that best matches your personality and lifestyle.
Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 20) tend to have classic tastes, avoid trends and fads, and prefer trusted hair care products.
Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb 19) are highly individualistic and like to follow their own trends.
Pisces (Feb 20-March 19) sign tend to be very artistic and prone to changing hairstyles often.
Aries (March 20-April 19), known for bold and daring styles are often the first to try the latest and edgiest trends.
Taurus (April 20-May 19), you will most enjoy classic, understated looks rather than following trends. You will be more satisfied if you stick with the haircut that looks best on you.
Gemini (May 22-June 21) are known for frequently changing hairstyles, often making dramatic styling changes every day.
Cancer (June 22-July 23). known for liking classic hairstyles. Cancer signs are ruled by emotions, dislike change, and tend to prefer traditional hairstyles.
Leo (July 24-Aug 23) prefer bold and dramatic hairstyles that complement their intrepid personalities.
Virgo (Aug 24-Sept 23), you tend to be a bit of a perfectionist and prefer natural or organic products.
Libra (Sept 24-Oct 23) desire balance and want their hair to be in harmony with the rest of their look.
Scorpio (Oct 24-Nov 22) are dramatic and confident enough to wear very eccentric hairstyles.
Sagittarius (Nov 23-Dec 21), you tend to prefer simplicity in both their hair and styling products.
Moon Signs and Hair
As the moon moves through the 12 signs in a month, we are met with 12 different energies. If you know the moon sign coming up you can take advantage of its energy by coordinating a style, cut, color to match the quality associated with those few days. For example, planning a mysterious look works better when the moon is in passionate Scorpio than it would when the moon is in conservative Capricorn. Up-dos are better scheduled when the moon is in Taurus, Libra, because these are linked to Venus, the planet of beauty and fragrance. Observe the following moon signs below, learn them well, and undertake the activity at the appropriate time for maximum success and effect. You’ll be well on your way to having fewer bad hair days than ever before.
The Moon in Aries tends to be dry and barren. As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries dynamically pushes head first into activities so this Moon is best used for short, sporty styles that can be created quickly with no fuss or muss. If you’ve always wanted the convenience of a bob, get a cut during this moon. Since Aries is a fire sign with drying energy, chemically processing hair is not favored. Instead, moisturize and condition heavily. Cutting hair during this time will cause slow growth and dryer hair. Since Aries rules Mars and has dominion over the head and metal, be especially careful with scissors if you choose to have your haircut.
The Moon in Taurus is very productive and moist. When the Moon moves through the sign of Taurus, be assured that people are out to satisfy the senses. Soft, romantic, alluring styles are best planned for under this Moon if you want to melt your man’s heart. Wispy styles that fall delicately around your face are especially attractive now. If you want your hair to grow quickly and thickly, get your hair cut or trimmed during this moon. Chemically processing your hair is favored since there is moist growth energy. This is a fantastic moon to color your hair in earthy tones, especially ash blondes and browns. Taurus moons are best for kicking back and relaxing too. However, don’t be so inert that you forget to spend the time making your locks look sexy.
The Moon in Gemini is barren and dry. Gemini, an air sign, is far too fickle a Moon for drastic decisions to be made. One minute you’ll want radical, the next you’ll want romantic. After the deed is done, you may regret the hasty decision you made. Like Libra, wait this moon phase out. Look through magazines, have a hair consultation, chat with friends about trends but do no get your haircut. Gemini Moons are great for research so pick up a copy of your favorite hairstyling magazine. If however, you need a deep conditioning, go ahead. If you must color your hair, go “temporary” instead of “permanent.”
The Moon in Cancer is a fruitful and moist sign. It is considered the most productive of all the signs and most frequently used for planting, seeding and irrigation. As the premier water sign, Cancer is the best sign to get your hair cut for growth and thickness. Avoid radical styling moves such as severe colors or kinky perms. Cancer is a sign better suited to traditional styles that make mom and dad proud. Even if you do not need a cut but want the long, luxurious locks that knock men off their seats, consider a trim to enhance your hair’s growing ability. A soft look that frames your face will have your guy curling up in you arms. Because there is abundant moist energy available, all chemical processes will take well. This is a great time for coloring or highlighting your hair golden blonde.
The Moon in Leo is the most barren and driest of all signs since it’s naturally ruled by the burning sun. Deep conditioning treatments are a must during this time. If going out on the town, choose a sensational hair-do that grabs people’s attention since a Leo Moon loves the spotlight. A Leo moon may not be a good moon to attempt chemically processing your hair but it is excellent if you want to increase thickness. Leo people tend to have hair like the luxurious mane of a lion. Temporary colors are acceptable especially if they are in gold or copper tones. During this moon, closet entertainers come out of the woodwork making it a festive time for parties. A beautiful sweeping up-do is just the style to get noticed by that special someone. Rrrr! I hear the call of the wild.
The Moon in Virgo, although slightly moist, is the only barren earth sign. Virgo is the premiere sign of the harvest so only cut hair during this moon if you want to go from a longer style to a practical and conservative shorter style. Extremely thick hair should be thinned out. Radical changes should be avoided. Research flattering styles. Coloring is acceptable if the shade leans toward earthy tones, especially chestnut. Virgo moons bring the clean freak out in all of us so opt for shampoos that rid the hair of excessive product build-up. Virgo also rules over health so determine what vitamins, minerals and supplements we should take for our inner-beauty regime. B-Complex and Silica are especially good for our hair’s health.
The Moon in Libra is a semi-fertile and moist sign. Lunar Planters used this sign to plant vines and flowers, appropriate since Libra rules over beauty. It’s no surprise, then, that perms, colors and styles have a better chance of success during this moon although working with a style you already have is better. Libra is about perfection so use this moon to discover what style looks best on you. Cutting is acceptable but avoid radical styling. This is a favorable time for romantic and sensuous soft styles. Libra is a very sociable moon so match your hair to the occasion with a stunning up-do. Libra can easily see the pros and cons of any situation so it’s unlikely you’ll feel like making a big decision during this moon anyway.
The Moon in Scorpio is a very fruitful and moist and almost as productive as Cancer. For Hair Maintenance, cut hair if you need it to grow quickly. With so much moist energy, chemically processing enjoys greater success. Scorpio moons are passionate and dramatic so choose sexy, provocative, daring styles now. If you’ve wanted a dramatically different color and style that what you’re currently sporting, this is the moon to do it. Dark brown or black add to your intrigue. Severe styles are even met with success if attempted under this moon. Part of Scorpio’s sexiness is their mystery so think “seduction” during the Scorpio Moon.
The Moon in Sagittarius is barren and dry and fiery. Perms, colors and any chemical processes should be avoided during this moon since the fire quality will leave hair dry and brittle. Instead, choose deep conditioning treatments. Sagittarius Moons are good for sports activities and exploring so if you want short, sassy, easy to style hair, have it cut during this moon. Cutting now will also slow growth. Sagittarius in medical astrology rules the process of detoxifying the body, so now is a good time to take a critical look at your diet. Greasy, fatty foods will reek havoc in the body and ultimately manifest as lifeless, unmanageable hair. If you have dry and brittle hair, use a deep conditioning treatment.
The Moon in Capricorn is productive, earthy and feminine, a bit drier than Taurus but still good for cutting hair if you want faster growth. Capricorn moons are laced with assertive, career-advancing energy so avoid styles that are radical and take attention away from your hard work. If, however, you want a very conservative, yet sensuous look, choose this moon for cuts and colors. Since people are more concerned about their status and career during this moon, don’t attempt styles and cuts that make a statement about your individuality. If you are planning to highlight your hair avoid brassy reds or golds. Ash blonde or brown is more preferred. If cutting your hair, don’t stray from your current style. Cut for maintenance only. You’ll make a great impression at work if you choose classic, styles. Avoid trends.
The Moon in Aquarius is another barren and dry sign not suited for increasing growth or thickness. Definitely avoid chemically treating your hair since Aquarius is an air sign known for the unexpected. With so much drying air-like energy, processing will leave your hair dry. If however, you would like to flaunt your individuality with a trendy cut, this is a super moon to do so. Be aware, though, that your hair may not grow as quickly as you’d like when you tire of it. For a brief 2 ½ days, people want to revolutionize the world by trying new and exciting things so if you’re itching to be unique, add a temporary blue streak to your hair or crimp your hair.
The Moon in Pisces is watery and feminine and one of the most fertile signs so expect increased growth and thickness if you cut your hair during this moon. In fact, almost any hair goal can be achieved with success. Chemically processing your hair is favorable since so much moist energy is available. A Pisces moon is meant for reflecting on your connection to other people and the cosmos so use this time for intimate, serious, and inspirational conversations with the opposite sex. There’s a passionate quality to this moon that sets the stage for romantic encounters. Don’t let this moon pass you by without trying a superbly romantic, soft style. Deep auburn and chestnut colors enhance an amorous moment.
Moon Phases - At a Glance - 2011
Moon Phases, January 2011
New Moon – January 4 - Capricorn - Solar Eclipse
First Quarter – January 12 - Aries
Full Moon – January 19 - Cancer
Last Quarter – January 26 - Scorpio
Moon Phases, February 2011
New Moon – February 2 - Aquarius
First Quarter – February 11 - Taurus
Full Moon – February 18 - Leo
Last Quarter – February 24 - Sagittarius
Moon Phases, March 2011
New Moon – March 4 - Pisces
First Quarter – March 12 - Gemini
Full Moon – March 19 - Virgo
Last Quarter – March 26 - Capricorn
Moon Phases, April 2011
New Moon – April 3 - Aries
First Quarter – April 11 Cancer
Full Moon – April 17 - Libra
Last Quarter – April 24 - Aquarius
Moon Phases, May 2011
New Moon – May 3 - Taurus
First Quarter – May 10 - Leo
Full Moon – May 17 - Scorpio
Last Quarter – May 24 - Pisces
Moon Phases, June 2011
New Moon – June 1 - Gemini - Solar Eclipse
First Quarter – June 8 - Virgo
Full Moon – June 15 - Sagittarius - Lunar Eclipse
Last Quarter – June 23 - Aries
Moon Phases, July 2011
New Moon – July 1 - Cancer - Solar Eclipse
First Quarter – July 8 - Libra
Full Moon – July 15 - Capricorn
Last Quarter – July 23 - Taurus
New Moon – July 30 - Leo
Moon Phases, August 2011
First Quarter – August 6 - Scorpio
Full Moon – August 13 - Aquarius
Last Quarter – August 21 - Taurs
New Moon – August 28 - Virgo
Moon Phases, September 2011
First Quarter – September 4 - Sagittarius
Full Moon – September 12 - Pisces
Last Quarter – September 20 - Gemini
New Moon – September 27 - Libra
Moon Phases, October 2011
First Quarter – October 3 - Capricorn
Full Moon – October 11 - Aries
Last Quarter – October 19 - Cancer
New Moon – October 26 - Scorpio
Moon Phases, November 2011
First Quarter – November 2 - Aquarius
Full Moon – November 10 - Taurus
Last Quarter – November 18 - Leo
New Moon – November 25 - Sagittarius - Solar Eclipse
Moon Phases, December 2011
First Quarter – December 2 - Pisces
Full Moon – December 10 - Gemini - Lunar Eclipse
Last Quarter – December 17 - Virgo
New Moon – December 24 - Capricorn
It's not whether you win or lose, but how you do your hair! Stay Tuned and keep watching the sky! Cheers, Tanya
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