I just finished up a really good book: Hair Story: Untangling The Roots of Black Hair In America by Ayana D. Byrd and Lori L. Tharps. The history and culture in this book is so rich, and it is all about the evolution of black hair from bondage and politics to black hair becoming acceptable in the present day. When reading this book, I made a few marks to go back and re-read for clarity.
One of the marks I made in my book was next to the title, “A Helping of Good Old-Fashioned Black Hair Superstitions” and I thought, “Do people still believe in those?” I mean, my family does believe in certain superstitions like: on New Year’s Eve a man walks through the door first to ensure the man leads, opening an umbrella in the house will cause bad fortune to “rain on you,” we say “knock on wood” after a hopeful statement, and cross your fingers for good luck.
As for hair superstitions, I don’t believe in them, I knew and heard of a few. However, this list of superstitions from Hair Story gave me a range of emotions from “I can understand that” to “That is way too absurd and delusional to me.”
Check out this list:
1. Always burn the hair in your brush or someone could use it to put a hex on you.
2. 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.
►Lose your mind.
►Suffer the same fate as the bird’s babies.
3. Always wear your hair covered when menstruating.
4. If you allow more than one person to work on your hair at a time:
►Your hair will fall out.
►The youngest worker/helper will die.
5, Don’t let a pregnant woman do your hair, or you’ll become pregnant too.
6. After someone finishes working on your hair, it’s bad luck to say thank you. Instead say “More hair.”
Cierra Harris says
I heard something crazy about if you cut your hair on a new moon it grows back faster or something like that. I don’t know it all or correctly. To answer the question no I don’t believe in hair superstitions. I don’t believe in any superstitions. I love black cats, I put my umbrella up in the house, I broke over 4 mirrors, and I put hats on the table lol.
Dabney Ross Jones says
Burn any cut or shed hair so the birds wong make a nest. If they get it you will have migranes. I still do this. But lately my hair is so moisturized it wont burn!!!hahahah!
Dabney Ross Jones says
Carmella McCoy says
I do not, have not and never will believe in #hairsuperstitions. However, hair strands CAN be used in curses and spells and that’s a fact, not superstition.
Jeaneen Alise says
Don’t even believe in the other kind
Ms. Marcy says
There is a little truth in a few of these which you said. However, you would be a foolish woman to let a jealous person do your hair. This has nothing to do with superstition, yet it has everything to do with the bad behavior of the green eyed monster.
Shalonda Lee Hood says
Steen How says
Great article…but no ma’am about the hair superstitions. But I do “knock on wood” 🙂
Moni Tano says
This is funny. I’ve never heard of any of those superstitions before. The one about becoming pregnant from another pregnant woman doing your hair was hilarious to me.
I love seeing black women go about on their natural journey and would like to share this with you guys cause I think it’s important that we keep spreading the word and invite our relaxed/ weaved and extensioned sisters over to the good side:
5 reasons why Black Women Must wear their hair Natural: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJkdWNO26Io