My experience with Lunar Hair Care
I’ve been practicing lunar hair cutting for two years, since being introduced to the concept by The Hair Shaman himself, Anthony Morrocco of Morrocco Method.
I’ve told you that Morrocco Method natural shampoos transformed my hair and scalp, but I haven’t told you how lunar cutting played a huge role. As a matter of fact, using Anthony’s lunar hair chart and his recommended blunt-snip technique transformed the parting, cowlicks, and wave patterns of my hair.
Six months into my routine of lunar hair cutting, I noticed that the wave patterns of my hair had dramatically and beautifully shifted. It was most dramatic the day after I cut my hair. I realized that the natural part of my hair changed to the other side of my head, in a way that was completely new and surprisingly complimentary for my face shape.
I had to try lunar hair care to believe it. I still don’t completely understand how it works, but I’m a believer.
Anthony explains lunar hair care
Anthony was in Seattle last week and we caught up over lunch. I gave him an update about my results with lunar hair cutting and began picking his brain about the mechanisms at play.
In summary, it’s all about the subtle energy of the body, as well as the magnetic energy of the moon cycles, working synergistically to promote hair growth and scalp health. Anthony touched on how traditional cultures saw hair as a powerful energetic extension of the body. An article on Anthony’s personal website says,
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. (Read more).
He also shared with me the history of how he made lunar hair cutting the foundation of his business. Below is a snippet of his story from his personal website TheHairShaman.com:
The most powerful lesson of my four years at Kenneth’s [Salon in New York] came from a Brazilian client who awakened me to Lunar Hair Cycle methodology. Like a match to fire, this moon-based technique ignited my passion to follow the Hair Shaman path.
[…] I started with a move to Italy, exploring countless small villages where local barbers would eagerly show me hair techniques handed down through generations. Each also shared the details of their local lunar hair cycles. After a nomadic year in Italy, I ventured northward to further my quest for hair knowledge. Traversing Europe, I met residents of the renowned Findhorn settlement in Scotland. They introduced me to the ancient natural science of Ayurveda, which would become the basis of my Five Elements Hair Care.
When Anthony was a hair stylist, he scheduled his appointments according to the lunar hair calendar. Now, he manufactures his hair care line according to moon cycles, a practice of medicine makers and herbalists from traditional cultures across the globe.
How I Practice Lunar Hair Care
Here are the steps I follow to practice lunar hair care:
- I trim my hair, using the blunt-snip technique above, each month according to Anthony’s Lunar Hair Chart.
- I avoid all synthetic hair products and use only a boar bristle brush to style, which keeps my scalp healthy and nurtures the natural wave patterns of my hair.
If you are interested in practicing the process of lunar hair cutting that I use, and that Anthony recommends, I will tell you the vital importance of using non-synthetic products and a boar bristle brush (I use MM’s boar brush).
Synthetic products disrupt the balance of the scalp and weight down the hair. Of course, I recommend Morrocco Method products for shampoo and conditioner.
Boar bristle brushing is the only styling tool I use. It acts as a deep-conditioning and smoothing treatment for the hair by distributing the scalp sebum. Here are the 6 Benefits of Boar Bristle Brushing that I’ve already discussed.
Blunt-Snip Cutting and Lunar Hair Care
Anthony recommends blunt-snip cutting your own hair according to his (free) lunar hair calendar here.
When I previously shared the below video of blunt-snip cutting, I received comments that it was not a the ideal hair cutting technique. I brought this to Anthony, who is the world-class expert on the subject. He assured me of the value in this technique. Blunt-snip cutting removes layers, which – contrary to what you may expect – encourages the natural wave patterns and creates the illusion of thicker hair.
I’m telling you: trust Anthony on this. He worked at the top hair salon in the country, Kenneth’s in New York, where his clientele included celebrities such as Jackie Kennedy. Kenneth, the founder of the salon, was famous for mastering the blunt-ship technique, which he used for his celebrity clients including Katherine Hepburn.
In the video below, Anthony demonstrates how to blunt-snip your hair, which should be cut according to the Lunar Hair Chart. I have been following this method for two years and my hair has never looked thicker and healthier.
Even better, when it comes to styling, all I need to do is brush out my hair with a boar bristle brush. Then, my hair falls into its natural shape without the need for damaging and time-consuming heat tools.
July 2015 Blue Moon
I wanted to share this info about lunar hair care now, so you can take advantage of the July 2015 Blue Moon. A Blue Moon occurs when there are two full moons in one month, a rare occasion. Traditional cultures saw blue moons as energetically powerful. Anthony says the energetic effects of lunar hair cutting during this blue moon will be amplified ten times, compared to a cutting on a regular moon.
Are you up for trying lunar hair care?
Hello, thank you so much for the information! I live in Australia, does that mean I need to find a different lunar calendar to follow? If so, do you know where I could find one?
Thank you :),
Thanks a lot for sharing this valuable information.
I am about to start trying the lunar cutting, and I wondered is it possible to cut your hair twice a month for different effects (like thickening and beautifying)?
Thank you! I absolutely love your blog!
I think Anthony says in one of his videos that he recommends rotating – so one month do a thickening day, then the next month choose a beautifying day. I think doing twice in one month might be too often. Just my conclusions from what I’ve seen!
I have a lot of hair fall and my scalp gets oily. I have long hair, it reaches to my last rib bone and is a few inches above my waist. I wanted to cut my hair to about collarbone/breast length. Can I do it while using the lunar method?
I know this is a year old, but I have been thinking about this lunar haircare and the blunt cutting method, but my hair is already SUPER thick! I have natural, ethnic, kinky/curly hair and I have been growing it out, but definitely don’t need it to get or even look any thicker. I would love for it to become longer, more manageable and healthier. I have been trying to figure out the best time to trim it based on those goals. I plan on asking Anthony himself, but I figured I’d pose the question here as well, I case it could help someone else. Thanks for all the info!!!
Hi Lauren, I LOVE your blog! Always enjoy reading your posts! I was really interested to try the MM shampoo after reading your posts, but I nearly fell over when I saw the price tag! $250 AU for the five small bottles of shampoo!! I can’t fathom how anyone could afford that only for shampoo! Such a shame. I’m having real trouble with natural shampoo, but I refuse to go back to conventional ones as I’m recovering from CFS and hormonal imbalance. At the moment I have extremely oily hair that is prone to build up. Before I had my daughter 5 years ago I could go 4 days easily without washing my hair. I’ve also struggled with hair loss. Are there any other shampoo’s you would recommend for those on a budget? Thanks. 🙂
Hi Elizabeth! Ever heard of the no poo movement?
Idk if you can answer this question for me but I’m currently using Shea Moisture brand of hair care. Based on what I’ve read and my basic knowledge of products they seem to be an excellent company with very natural based products. Do you know if they are as good as Anthony’s line or at least similar in benefits? Please and thanks!
This is interesting but the title leads one to believe there will be photos of the “transformation.” I don’t see any photos. Also, you say that you use the blunt-snip technique above, each month according to Anthony’s Lunar Hair Chart but I am interested in knowing what days exactly you do it on since there are days for “root work,” “lengthening,” etc. Thank you
I should also add to this ‘lengthening benefit’ of those wonderful products. Until now I’ve never used any ‘lengthening’ products and my hair would get longer every single month anyway… More then that, I can guarantee that everyone will get longer hair regularly even if washing hair in a dishwashing liquid, or not washing it at all!
(Sebum also ‘travels’ through all the length of my hair without any special brushes. In fact, I wish it didn’t.)