Frequently Asked Questions on Hair


        Here we have a list of common questions with respect to hair care, which may rise in our minds, with spiritually correct answers. These questions will provide us with some more positive inputs when it comes to taking proper care of our hair.

1. Why should women not trim their eyebrows?

        When women trim their eyebrows, the hair tips become blunt. These blunt tips can swiftly emit Raja-Tama-predominant waves from within the body into the atmosphere. They can also imbibe Raja-Tama-predominant waves from the atmosphere and congregate them within the self with equal ease.

        During the plucking of hair while trimming, the pores of the hair are exposed to a greater extent to the atmosphere; hence, through them, Raja-Tama-predominant waves can enter the body within a short period.

        With regular trimming of eyebrows over a period, the cerebral void gets charged with Raja-Tama-predominant waves, and a centre of distressing vibrations forms at that centre. These distressing vibrations give rise to several ailments, such as formation of distressing covering on the intellect continuously, inability to think, sudden restlessness, onset of optical problems, severe headaches, swelling in the upper part of the eyes which gradually spreads all over the face. With passage of time, these distressing vibrations spread all over the body through the union of three energy channels in the cerebral void. This also begins to affect the mental sheath. In view of the above facts that women have to face higher proportion of distress from negative energies due to trimming of eyebrows, they should avoid it altogether.

2. Why should cutting of hair be avoided after meals?

        The act of cutting the hair involves emission of large amount of Raja-Tama-predominant waves into the atmosphere from the tips of hair that become increasingly blunt. If the hair are cut immediately after meals, an atmosphere of Raja-Tama-predominant waves is generated around the jiva (Embodied soul) in a large proportion through the process of emission. Due to the contact with this polluted environment, the digestive system also gets adversely affected, and polluted gases begin to congregate in the body. Due to this process, the body may fall prey to negative energy attacks; hence, cutting hair after meals is prohibited.

3. Why is complete shaving of hair not desirable?

        Hair protect the scalp to some extent. Similarly, hair also provide protection from negative energies.

4. Is there a spiritual basis for the custom that an

individual should not shave off the moustache till his father is alive?

        There is no spiritual basis for this.

5. Why should women grow hair?

        A woman symbolizes Shakti (Divine Energy). Since a woman is the bestower of Shakti, it becomes possible for her to make use of Tejtattva (Absolute Fire Principle)-predominant energy generated in her body by the movement of her long hair, and with the assistance of Raja component, swiftly emit Shakti waves into the environment. These Shakti waves drive out the Raja-Tama components from the atmosphere. As a symbol of this Shaktitattva (Divine Energy Principle)-oriented mission, which is complementary to the activity of the Raja component in the body, a woman should keep long hair. Hindu Dharma stipulates that, ‘A woman should keep her hair long since this action is complementary to her basic nature that is based on Raja component’.

6. Why hair should not be cut during chaturmas ?

        This is a period of predominance of Raja-Tama components and hence, Hindu Dharma stipulates that maximum religious rituals and vowed observances be performed during this period so as to enhance Sattva component in the body. Predominance of Sattva component in the body protects it from negative energies.

7. Why should nails, hair, beard and moustache not be allowed to grow?

        All these components have Raja-Tama-predominant frictional vibrations; so also, these components greatly attract Raja-Tama-predominant waves from the atmosphere and congregate them in the self. Due to constant contact of these vibrations with the body, the distressing waves keep spreading in the body and the body gets charged with Raja-Tama-predominant waves. As a result, possibility of negative energies in the atmosphere re-entering the body increases.

8. Why perform kshourakarma?

        There are some rules pertaining to the ritual of kshourakarma

  1. ‘Perform on an appropriate tithi (Lunar day).

  2. Perform the ritual accompanied by recitation of mantras.

  3. Get it done through an authorized individual.

  4. Perform it on a suitable individual.

        When the above-mentioned rules are followed, it helps in destruction of the negative energy existing at the roots of hair. The skin on the scalp of an individual is sensitive. After shaving off the head, this skin comes into direct contact with the environment and because of this, the waves of the Deities active in the environment and their Chaitanya (Divine consciousness) are imbibed in greater proportion through the Sahasrar-chakra. Imbibing waves of the Deity and their Chaitanya helps in enhancing sattvikta (Purity) of the mind and intellect. This reduces the possibility of formation of a distressing covering on the mind and intellect. This makes it possible for the host (Individual performing the ritual) to perform the ritual with complete attention, in a flawless manner and with bhav (Spiritual emotion). That is why, the ritual of kshourakarma is performed during the thread ceremony and other religious rituals.

Reference : Sanatan Sanstha’s Holy text ‘Hair Care’.