The Power of Hair, Hear, Hear!

How many of you recognize the story of Samson and Delilah? Samson is an ancient figure from the Bible. Although his strength came from God, many attribute his might to his long locks. Allegedly, he shared this secret about his hair with his wife, Delilah. The enemies of his people paid Delilah to shave his head. She had someone perform this while he slept. Consequently, Samson lost his strength, soon realizing that his superpower was not from his mane but God.

Hair has been a source of power and beauty throughout history. Often referred to as one’s crowning glory, hair, whether full or minimal, has been celebrated throughout the centuries for those blessed with luxurious tresses.

Some people believe in the power of hair because it is an extension of our nervous system. Many who study the metaphysical world claim that it leads to tremendous physical energy and stamina. Who knows? What we can agree on is “mind over matter.” Whether “hair” or no hair, if you believe in the power of the unique you, no matter what you “do,” perhaps, you will experience it.

Hairstyles have shifted throughout the centuries. An article was written on the website “You Beauty” on September 26, 2011, sharing information about the storied history of hair. Throughout the ages, we see the importance of hair or “not to hair.”

For example, in the 14th century B.C., Queen Nefertiti of Egypt wore a grand headdress that did not reveal one strand of hair. In the 10th century B.C., the Egyptians, royals and regulars alike, used gel to style their hair into all kinds of dos”. Short, long, slicked-back hair and even hair extensions were the fads. You might say they were ahead of their time.

In the 1st century B.C., Greek and Roman women of status wore ornate braids close to their heads, powdered with gold to highlight their hair. The richer, the more complicated the hairdos, having slaves to do this heavier work. Guido, “You Beauty’s” Hair Advisor, stated that hair was a status symbol.

How about Lady Godiva? Her legendary ride on horseback to oppose tax hikes by her husband revealed hair, hair, and more hair, flowing as she galloped away. Hence, many believe that long hair, “blowing in the wind,” perpetuated a self-confidence derived from Lady Godiva’s alleged trek.

Braids continued throughout the next several centuries in some variation or other. Queen Elizabeth the First set off a hair trend with her red hair and pin curls. Marie Antoinette, not to be upended, displayed high rank by bringing her hair to new heights. Many women of a specific class emulated her, adding feathers, and lack, and even birdcages. Even back then, women tried to out “do” each other.

Fast forward to the 20th century, and the bob became the rage with the early female liberators, advocating freedom from too much hair. Over the next several decades, more styles came and went. The bubble cut, the pageboy, Twiggy’s pixie cut, the Afro, the shag, and Farrah Fawcett’s feathered “do” took the hair world by storm. Eventually, curly-haired ladies received their desire with Keratin, providing them straight and easy hair forever.

Women who had straight hair yearned for curls. Those with curly hair did everything for iron-straight hair. How about losing one’s hair? For many, it is a devastating loss, especially for women. Many men have found a way around this by shaving their entire head, appearing quite confident, even defiant, celebrating their new “do” or lack of “do.” Eventually, whoever invents a way to do away with baldness totally will celebrate with lots of ka-ching, and if missing, growing hair.

Hair has received lots of attention: the musical “Hair” celebrated hair, hair, and more hair. “Shear Madness,” a long-running play in Boston, is focused around a hair salon. Although I never saw the movie “Shampoo,” I knew it involved Warren Beatty, who had lots of hair. In addition to doing hair, his calling surpassed his role involving hair.

What made me write this article? Well, I was thinking about what is next. I happen to be combing my hair. Suddenly, I decided, “What about hair? Hear, hear!

Darlene Corbetthttps://darlenecorbett.com/
Darlene Corbett is a Speaker, Author, Licensed Therapist, and Podcaster and is known as the “UnStuck” expert. She has developed programs based on her experience and is hired by associations and corporations all over the country to share her expertise. Darlene is a high-content speaker with an engaging and energizing style. Darlene loves working with people and believes her foundation as a Therapist and Hypnotherapist validates her position that everyone can get UnStuck. When it comes to her deep understanding of human behavior, communication, and relationships, Darlene not only helps refurbish the house but steady the foundation. She has been quoted in Knox News, MSN.com, Bustle, and Best Life and has written many blogs and articles. Her book, Stop Depriving The World of You: A Guide for Getting Unstuck, was published by Sound Wisdom in November 2018. Darlene’s podcast “Tap Into The Power of U” is for men and women 40+ who wish to get unstuck. Darlene is a member of many associations and is an Approved Consultant with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She has served on a variety of Boards, including, more recently, the National Speakers Association - New England and Abby’s House in Worcester, MA. A free ebook, Five Steps To Get UnStuck: For Professional Women of Faith Fifty+, is available on her website at https://www.DarleneCorbett.com. In her personal life, Darlene enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, and close friends, as well as crocheting, reading, attempting tricky crossword puzzles, yoga, staying healthy and loving life. Along with being a bibliophile, she is a logophile. Thus, Darlene adores discovering new words, being challenged by Jumble Scrambles, and extraordinarily challenged with learning a new language. She thanks God every day for giving her the energy and excitement to continue to look forward to what is ahead.