We’ve not washed our locks for 2 years!

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May 2018 we stopped washing our locks and so far, for both of us, scalp, new hair growth and the locks, have never been healthier, look or felt better.

The first 3 months was about breaking the cycle of washing, which to be honest, wasn’t difficult.  The first 3 months both heads went from dry and itchy to oily.  The 4th month, everything calmed down and balanced out, scalps and new hair growth began to look and feel healthy.   Jumping forward to the present day, Philip’s and my locks look and feel great, we are happy with the result and will continue, not washing.

We didn’t do any research or follow any guidelines, we simply used common sense.

  • We both have active jobs. Philip works outside in a dusty, dirty environment.  I have a physical job and again a lot of my day is outdoors.  Philip uses a head-tube to protect his locks, I tie back and put my locks up and out of the way.
  • Sweat.  When not at work, we allow the locks be free so air can circulate.  It is necessary to regularly maintain the locks stopping them from matting and clotting together.  It is important we check each other’s scalp and locks regularly, to make sure that the scalp is healthy and the locks do not smell, so far they haven’t.
  • It rains a lot in the UK, we live on a boat, moving every 14 days, come rain or shine.  We have to chop wood, carry water plus other jobs to do with sustainable living.  Living day to day, we do not let our locks get wet or damp, especially in the winter.  Philip’s and my locks are very long and dense, takes all day for both heads of locks to dry, so to prevent them from getting musty and mouldy, we protect them from rain and the damp outdoors.
  • When we go swimming, we rinse the locks in clean water only.  Obviously only swim in the warmer season, locks dry much quicker and thoroughly from the sun.
  • We do not put any oils on our scalp.  After almost 24 months of letting the scalp and hair do it’s natural thing, we don’t need to.
  • From day one, at no time, did Philip’s or my locks smell!

Why did we do this?  We wanted to at least give it a go, worst case scenario, we would have to wash our locks again.  Not being fans of cosmetics, we began to feel passionate about letting hair self clean, results are amazing.  We do believe ,for us that is, that the washing with soaps, was more of a contribution to itchy heads, dry skin and oily hair.

This blog entry is by no means an effort to persuade peeps, to stop washing their hair, this is simply, Philip’s and my experience, and we would like to share it with you. 

Fresh locks with blunt ends 8th March ‘20

Fresh locks, with blunted ends. Amazing day, privilege to start these locks for spirit of true courage. An inspiring day, thank you for trusting me.

My locks

Cultivating my own locks for approx 12 years, no hair extensions. Patience is a Virtue.

Fresh locks 1st March ‘20

Fresh locks today, love the transformation and the happiness in self expression through change. Look forward to the first tidy up in 3 months.

Tidy up 28th Feb ‘20

Installed these partial locks 3 years ago, wonderful to see how well they have matured.

The locking of hair has ancient beginnings …….

The locking of hair has ancient beginnings in historical cultures from all over the world.  As far as I’m aware, the earliest written record of locked hair, is in The Vedas, which is the oldest ‘written’ text.

From my studies, reading a branch of The Vedas, called Samkhya Karika, I’ve come across a reference, to what I believe, to be that of locked hair.

As it was said, a person who knows the twenty-five principles, becomes liberated, no matter in what stage of life, young or old, whether with clotted hair or shaved, the one who knows these principles will be free.’

Allow me to give you an idea of how old the text is and how old this quote is, what the philosophy is about and what I deduce from the above quote.

Samkhya Karika was written in the 2nd Century, not much is know about the original author ~ Lord Kapila .  A revival of the philosophy came about in the 8th Century, with commentary by Gaudapadacharya.  In 1933 a further commentary of the text, with a clearer explanation, by Swami Bawra.

In brief, the Samkhya Karika is a science of Spirit and causal nature, the objective to bring about emancipation from mental affliction.  This philosophy is the seed to Yoga, Ayurveda, Hindu, Buddha and Jain, without the Samkhya, these life paths would not exist.

From the quote above, I deduce that; 

  • a) this reference is not the only one and I believe that as my studies continue I will find more 
  • b) the reference to clotted hair, is that of Sadhu’s locks, heads shaved is a reference to Buddhists 
  • c) from this I believe, at the time of this reference, Hindu and Buddha was in existence

To have unruly hair is to indicate …..

“To have unruly hair is to indicate a separation from conventional society, a sign of someone who flouts the rules, whose ideas are different from the norm and whose long hair is a symbol of liberation from the constraints of society. This is not a recent symptom of societal changes but predates the time when people wore flowers in their hair in the 1960’s and 70’s. Traditionally, witches and wizards had unruly and disheveled hair and lived apart from their neighbours, as did the hermit, whose long robe and tangled hair are an archetypal uniform. The ‘mad professor’ who teeters between genius and insanity is given away by his hair, which stands on end.”

“Our hair is a symbol of our individuality, and to make someone cut or shave his hair is to wield power over that person”

From the Element Encyclopedia of Secret Signs and Symbols by Adele Nozedar

Just a few heads I’ve done this year.

Such a busy year, meeting so many inspiring and interesting people, who are either, maintaining their maturing locks or who have decided to begin the hair locking journey. Thank you for making that choice to have your locks croched by me.  Everyone a pleasure, everyone a personal interaction and an exchange of energy and everyone, individual, diverse and mind expanding.

Yogashanti