While it is strictly a personal preference, wearing one’s hair long is often viewed as hipster, hippie, carefree, and even lazy. However, there is a deeper significance to one’s long hair and your hair holds a certain power when kept long.
An instance of this is a story about a girl named Sally, who lived during the Vietnam War. Sally’s husband was a licensed psychologist who worked with combat veterans suffering from PTSD.
This is Sally’s story:
I remember clearly an evening when my husband came back to our apartment on Doctor’s Circle carrying a thick official looking folder in his hands. Inside were hundreds of pages of certain studies commissioned by the government. He was in shock from the contents. What he read in those documents completely changed his life. From that moment on my conservative middle of the road husband grew his hair and beard and never cut them again. What is more, the VA Medical center lets him do it, and other very conservative men on the staff followed his example. As I read the documents, I learned why.
It seems that during the Vietnam War special forces in the war department had sent undercover experts to comb American Indian Reservations looking for talented scouts, for tough young men trained to move stealthily through rough terrain. They were especially looking for men with outstanding, almost supernatural, tracking abilities. Before being approached, these carefully selected men were extensively documented as experts in tracking and survival.
With the usual enticements, the well proven smooth phrases used to enroll new recruits, some of these Indian trackers were then enlisted. Once enlisted, an amazing thing happened. Whatever talents and skills they had possessed on the reservation seemed to mysteriously disappear, as recruit after recruit failed to perform as expected in the field.
Serious casualties and failures of performance led the government to contract expensive testing of these recruits, and this is what was found.
When questioned about their failure to perform as expected, the older recruits replied consistently that when they received their required military haircuts, they could no longer ‘sense’ the enemy, they could no longer access a ‘sixth sense’, their ‘intuition’ no longer was reliable, they couldn’t ‘read’ subtle signs as well or access subtle extrasensory information.
So the testing institute recruited more Indian trackers, let them keep their long hair, and tested them in multiple areas. Then they would pair two men together who had received the same scores on all the tests. They would let one man in the pair keep his hair long, and gave the other man a military haircut. Then the two men retook the tests.
Time after time the man with long hair kept making high scores. Time after time, the man with the short hair failed the tests in which he had previously scored high scores.
There was a method used to test this theory. When an armed ‘enemy’ approached the man who was sleeping, he was always awakened sensing danger. Even before the ‘enemy’ made a sound the man would get alert and spring up into action mode. Sometimes he would even perform a physical attack.
The same man would fail these alertness tests after he got a military haircut. After this, a document was issued exempting Native Americans from getting military haircuts.
There is a possibility that evolution has something to do with this. Each part of our body has a purpose and we lose that certain purpose the moment it is separated from our bodies.
Our hair is an extension of our nervous system. And like skin, even our hair has a sensory perception that can sense things around us.