I remember my mom burning my hair in her ash tray when I was little. I liked watching it as it went from a fluffy textured ball to basically nothing.
My great-grandmother taught my mom that if shed hair is not burned or flushed, birds will collect it and make a nest with it. Then you will feel the bird's beaks pecking on your head and it will make you go crazy.
Now as an adult, burning our hair reminds me of our ancestors. Every time I watch our hair burn it reminds me of all the people who were burned. So in a way it keeps me connected to our history.
How do I do it?
I collect shed hair from our drains, brushes and combs. We have a glass jar that we put all the hair in. When it gets full, I use matches to light the hair.
The smell doesn't bother me, in fact it's quite nostalgic.
What do you with your shed hair? What other hair traditions do you have in your family?
Until next time.