My Mom Always Burned Our Shed Hair

One of my fondest childhood memories was watching this fluffy textured hair ball magically fizzle into dark ashes.

Why Do You Burn Shed Hair?

It's a form of physical and spiritual protection.

My great-grandmother said if shed hair is not burned or flushed, birds will collect and make a nest with it. Then you will always feel birds pecking at your head until you eventually go crazy. I do not know if this was just a funny story my great-grandmother told her granddaughter (my mother). But I do believe our hair has supernatural powers.

You Believe In Superstitions?

Absolutely! Our hair is our spiritual crown. In Beyonce's Black is King, she mentions our coils "catch our ancestors' prayers through smoke." By burning our shed hairs, we are releasing our thoughts and centuries of prayers back into the atmosphere. When we return the ashes to the soil, we are then nourishing whatever may grow. It's a powerful family tradition and circle of life that keeps us connected to Mother Nature, our ancestors, and future generations.

How Do You Burn The Hair?

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 or a lighter to ignite the hair.

Can You Burn Wet Hair?

No. It has to be super dry to catch fire. And dry hair burns really fast. If your shed hair is wet (like hair from your drains) let it air dry before burning.

Why Is My Hair Not Burning?

Make sure the hair has adequate air flow. You can aerate the hair by lightly fluffing it up, before you burn it. It's also important that the container you choose has a wide mouth (again for air flow).

How Do You Get Rid Of The Smell?

The smell doesn't bother me, in fact it's quite nostalgic. But I can totally understand why others dislike it. If you are not a fan, burn the hair outside in the direction of the wind. That way the scent isn't in your home, on you, or your clothes. You can also try an ashtray with a lid, to quell lingering smoke.

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Until next time...

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