6 Symbolic Interpretations of Dream-Hair and Hair Loss
Hair has long been a complex dream symbol. The Merovingian rulers of France believe it had magical powers. Cutting it was Samson's demise. Keri Russell lost her locks on her show, 'Felicity', and it went down the drain. Clearly, hair has a great impact on our lives and on our dreams.
In waking life all manner of cuts, products, chemicals, and devices are employed to make the outer hair match the inner image of the self. More than making a statement about one's physical image, dream hair is also commenting on the inner self. In general, the symbology of dream-hair falls into several major categories.
6 Symbolic Interpretations of Dream-Hair
- Dreams of losing hair
- Dreams about hair extensions
- Dreams of hair salons
- Dream haircuts
- Dreams of coloring the hair
- The condition of hair in dreams
Each of the above ideas is explored below.
1. When Hair Falls Out in Dreams
Hair is more than simple protein follicles. Symbolically, hair represents the ideas and thoughts that are growing out from the psyche. So what does it means when hair falls out in dreams?
Hair Falling Out in a Dream Can Mean
- Abandoned ideas
- Lost creativity
- Feelings of helplessness
- Feelings of loss of power or control
- Loss of energy
A hair loss dream is typically a manifestation of a stressful situation, one that makes the dreamer feel like she is "pulling out" her hair.
Just as one has no control over going bald, the situation is one over which the dreamer feels he or she has no control. An honest examination of the situation is in order to determine if one is truly powerless or if one only feels out of control as there is a major difference between the two.
2. Dreams Involving Hair Extensions
Sometimes dreams of hair extensions can be nothing more than wish fulfillment of a waking life desire. However, typically, they are far more symbolic than a real desire for long hair.
Just as hair extensions are unnatural, dreams of such can indicate strong desire to find an unnatural shortcut through something painful in waking life. For example, instead of experiencing the pain of a breakup, the dreamer may seek the numbness drugs and alcohol provide.
While avoidance provides temporary relief, it does nothing to alleviate the problem, nor does it help make long-term alterations that will help one avoid similar situations in the future.
3. Hair Salon Symbolism
Dreams of going to a salon can indicate transformation and change. If one awakes with or experiences negative emotions during a dream of visiting a salon this can mean that the transformation or changes are ones that the dreamer is uncomfortable with or does not desire.
Sometimes negative feeling salon dreams can also mean that one's self-image has been damaged. If one feels contented over a dream of a salon visit this most likely means that the changes occurring are desirable, pleasant, and longed for.
The transformation takes place within the dreamer and may also be reflected in the physical, outer image that the dreamer presents to the world.
4. Dream Haircuts
The key to discovering whether a dream haircut is positively or negatively charged is to look at the emotions you're experiencing in the dream. When one awakes from a dream of getting their haircut and feels rested or otherwise happy and content, this can mean that the dreamer is going through a positive transformation of the inner self.
Positively charged haircut dreams can mean that the dreamer is shedding that which no longer works in favor of that which does. In fact, shaving the head is, in some religions and cultures, an outward sign of that inner shift. But what about dreams wherein the emotions are negative?
Negative Haircut Dreams Can Mean
- One is being punished.
- Feelings of remorse or guilt.
- One's personal power is being involuntarily stripped away.
In the Bible, shaving the head was often a form of punishment or was done as a sign that one felt remorse for one's actions. When the head is shaved, the result is that the entire world sees the result and, perhaps, this is why head-shaving was a punitive or remorseful measure.
If one feels that one's powers are being forcibly taken, the identity of the one cutting the hair will give clues as to whom one feels is responsible for cutting the power supply.
5. Hair Condition
Hair originates inside the body and then pushes up and out. In fact, hair does not grow through the skin, it is actually a modified part of the skin. It is not only on the head, but covers the entire body. However, most hair dreams involve the hair on the head and the head is the place of mental activity.
Head Hair is Symbolic of Mental Activity Such as:
- Thought patterns/cycles
Damaged hair can indicate that ones thoughts are self-destructive or otherwise primarily negative. Tangled hair can symbolize entanglement in an overly complicated waking life situation. Healthy hair typically symbolizes that one is in a state of enjoyment.
Healthy Hair in Dreams Represents:
- Mentally healthy
- Physically well
Carefully examine the condition of the hair in a dream, since it provides important clues to the meaning of the dream.
6. Dreams of Coloring the Hair
Color in dreams is always an important factor in interpreting a dream's meaning. Color in hair dreams is no exception.
- Black Hair: Depression can be symbolized by either dyeing the hair to a deep black color or by having one's hair bleached. The act of bleaching stands in for feelings that one's life is similarly colorless and/or stripped of meaning.
- Red Hair: Red is a complex color and dyeing the hair scarlet can symbolize various concepts such as vitality, anger, or even deep alchemical transformations taking place within the psyche.
Conclusions About Dream-Hair Symbolism
Powerful dream symbols are born out of powerful waking life associations. The more invested one is in one's hair, the more importance one should place on hairy dreams.
For those who place importance on their hair, hair dreams can be serious indications of possible issues in life, such as feelings of loss of power or a need to rethink one's personal identity.
Since one is typically in control of taking care of their hair, when someone else is in charge, looking to who that person is and how that person is acting in the dream can be of primary importance. Is that person an ally? Does the change made to the hair create confidence or cause anxiety?
Dreams Are Prophecies
- Remember that dreams are not prophecies, rather they are indications of how one feels and how the unconscious mind is responding to what is going on in the waking world.
- Dreams exist to inform the dreamer as to how to effectively remedy situations that are creating chaos and to reinforce those that promote well-being.
- Never be held hostage by dream imagery, instead use it as a catalyst for personal empowerment.