What is Lunar Hair Care?

Lunar hair care is an old practice. The moon is a powerful force; she rules the tides, the night sky, and some would say even your hair.  One of the most common Moon representations is that of the Triple moon: waxing, full, and waning. Some tales even say that lunar hair care, cutting or doing a deep treatment on specific lunar dates, can grant different effects.

Regardless if you believe the moon actually influences these things or not, adhering to a cycle of lunar hair care can help establish a healthy schedule of trimming, color, deep treatments and more.

ALL THESE DATES IN TWO BEAUTIFUL PRINTABLE LUNAR HAIR CARE CALENDARS

I made two lovely, high-res printable calendars with all these important lunar dates. They’re a reward for my Patrons, who support my creative efforts every month. You can become one here and unlock these beautiful lunar hair care calendars for as little as $2. If you’re already a Patron, you can find your calendar files here!

Dates and times are for both the calendars and this post are displayed in UTC timezone (UT±0). Daylight Saving Time (DST) correction is not in effect. Never trim or do a deep treatment on the 9th, 15th, 23rd, 29th lunar days of the month, or during a lunar or solar eclipse–these are the worst astrological days for any hair changes. Avoid cutting your hair when the moon is in Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, regardless of its phase–the tales go that it can make your hair unmanageable.

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NEW MOON: SET INTENTIONS & GATHER SUPPLIES

The new moon is an introspective time and is a time to establish good intentions and new beginnings. On the new moon you should determine your treatments and trims for the month and gather any supplies you’ll need. That way you’ll have everything you need on hand for treatments and trims later in the month. You’ll also want to reflect on your progress so far, be that healthier hair, not needing to trim as often, or hitting a length milestone.

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Clarify & Cleanse

Just before the new moon is the best time to do a clarifying or cleansing treatment. This will give your hair a fresh reset for the new lunar month and allow you to truly evaluate your progress and the state of your hair. A good sample cleansing routine would be to begin with Alluvial Chelating Crystal Rinse to remove mineral buildup on your hair (which you have even if you have soft water), and then give your scalp and hair a good wash and condition with Lassëa Solid Shampoo & Conditioner Bars (pictured above in two of their leafy shapes).

2024 New Moon Dates for Lunar Hair Care

Never do drastic changes to your hair during a lunar or solar eclipse–these are the worst astrological days for any hair changes and invite unpredictable energy.

  • Jan 11: Capricorn
  • Feb 9: Aquarius
  • Mar 10: Pisces (do not treatment or trim)
  • Apr 8: Aries, Solar Eclipse (do not treatment or trim)
  • May 8: Taurus
  • Jun 6: Gemini
  • July 5: Cancer (do not treatment or trim)
  • Aug 4: Leo (powerful treatment and trim)
  • Sept 3: Virgo (powerful trim & treatment date)
  • Oct 2: Libra, Solar Eclipse (do not treatment or trim)
  • Nov 1: Scorpio (do not treatment or trim)
  • Dec 1: Sagittarius
  • Dec 30: Capricorn

Alluvial Chelating Crystal Rinse is a great way to give your hair a fresh start in preparation for the New Moon.

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First Quarter: Growth Treatments & Deep Treatments

The waxing moon is the time in between the new moon and full moon, where the illuminated portion of the moon gets larger and larger. While any time during this period is good for growth-stimulating, focusing it on the first-quarter moon makes it easy to remember and sets it on a particular potent lunar milestone.

Anoint & Massage

The Moon is seen as a divine heavenly body in many spiritual paths, and often times oils were left out in moonlight to impart its blessed properties.  Anointing is the ancient practice of using oils or other substances to bless or invoke the Divine.  And, much like the moon, oils can have a positive influence on hair.

The idea of oiling hair is frightening to many, after all, oil is leveraged by so many marketing campaigns as something evil, something to be rid of.  But the truth is that your body produces oil on your scalp because your hair needs it.  It is a protective coating that keeps moisture inside the shaft.  Alas, harsh shampoos strip this away and leave the scalp dry and bare, signaling the body to produce MORE oil, which is what leads to greater oil production, and perhaps uncoincidentally, more shampoo sales.

Natural oils can help sooth an overworked scalp, helping to ease the production of natural oils while carrying the benefits of essential oils to the scalp, leading to increased hair growth, and the growth of stronger, healthier hair.

Deep Treatments

Do these during a waxing moon as it is considered the most nourishing phase of the moon, drawing things that you want near to you. A great nourishing deep treatment is Eilistraee, named after a moon goddess. This herbal treatment delivers totally colorless herbal conditioning, and you can add any number of essential oils, nourishing teas, or Selkie Herbal Detangler to make it just what your hair needs for a lunar hair care treat.

2024 FIRST QUARTER MOON DATES for Lunar Hair Care

Be mindful of not only the phase of the moon, but also of the days you should use for more power effects or avoid.

  • Jan 18: Gemini (do not treatment or trim)
  • Feb 16: Taurus
  • Mar 17: Gemini
  • April 15: Cancer (do not treatment or trim)
  • May 15: Leo (powerful, but do not treatment and trim)
  • Jun 14: Virgo (powerful, but do no treatment and trim)
  • July 13: Libra (powerful, but do not treatment and trim)
  • Aug 12: Scorpio (do not treatment or trim)
  • Sept 11: Sagittarius
  • Oct 10: Capricorn (do not treatment or trim)
  • Nov 9: Aquarius (do not treatment or trim)
  • Dec 9: Pisces (do not treatment or trim)
Triple Moon Hair Anointing Oil by NightBlooming Hair Growth Oil

Triple Moon Oil and Hinoki Hair Growth Serum are both excellent options for growth-stimulating.

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Full Moon: Color Treatments & Growth Trim

The full moon is considered the most powerful of lunar phases and is associated with deep emotional intensity. It is considered the ideal time to draw goals towards you, and actions you take will be especially powerful and long-lasting.

Color Treatments

Coloring during a full moon assures long-lasting color, and NightBlooming has many to choose from that are plant-based, chemical free, and hand-blended in small batches. If your scalp is sensitive, coloring while the moon is in Taurus will make the entire process a little more bearable.

Growth Trim

For faster-growing hair, it’s recommended to trim during the waxing or full moon, especially on the days when the moon is in Leo, Virgo, and Libra (these signs are associated with attractiveness). Just keep in mind your hair only grows about half an inch a month, and if you want your hair to get longer, you have to grow more than you trim.

2024 Full Moon Dates for Lunar Hair Care

These are powerful days, so you’ll want to center your most-needed trims or treatments during this phase.

  • Jan 25: Cancer (do not treatment or trim)
  • Feb 24: Virgo (powerful trim & treatment date)
  • Mar 25: Libra, Penumbral Lunar eclipse (do not trim)
  • April 23: Libra (powerful trim & treatment date)
  • May 23: Scorpio (do not treatment or trim)
  • Jun 22: Capricorn
  • July 21: Capricorn
  • Aug 19: Aquarius
  • Sept 18: Pisces (do not treatment or trim)
  • Oct 17: Aries
  • Nov 15: Taurus (do not treatment or trim)
  • Dec 15: Gemini (do not treatment or trim)
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NightBlooming herbal hair colors are the perfect way to color during the full moon.

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LAST QUARTER: THICKNESS TRIM & TREATMENTS

The waning moon (the period where the moon gets smaller after the full moon until new moon), refers to the decreasing amout of moonlight. It is a time to withdraw, reset and renew. While any time during this period is good for thickness-stimulating, focusing it on the last-quarter moon makes it easy to remember and sets it on a favorable lunar milestone.

Thickness Trim

Trimming during a waning moon is thought to increase thickness rather than growth, but the same rules applies: you still have to trim less than you grow if you want your hair to get longer.

Thickness Treatments

Thickness-giving treatments get an extra boost during this resting phase. Moonglow Sedr is a colorless herbal treatment that leaves hair softer and thicker and is a perfect hair-nourishing treat to indulge during a night in.

2024 Last Quarter Moon Dates for Lunar Hair Care

Remember to avoid cutting your hair when the moon is in Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, regardless of its phase, and to never cut your hair on the 9th, 15th, 23rd, 29th lunar days of the month, or during a lunar or solar eclipse.

  • Feb 2: Scorpio (do not treatment or trim)
  • Mar 3: Sagittarius
  • April 2: Capricorn
  • May 1: Aquarius
  • May 30: Pisces (do not treatment or trim)
  • Jun 28: Aries (do not treatment or trim)
  • Jul 28: Taurus (do not treatment or trim)
  • Aug 26: Gemini
  • Sept 24: Gemini (do not treatment or trim)
  • Oct 24: Leo (powerful, but do not treatment or trim)
  • Nov 23: Virgo (powerful, but do not treatment or trim)
  • Dec 22: Virgo (powerful trim & treatment date)
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Moondust Herbal Dry Shampoo takes an entire lunar month, from one full moon to the next, to make.

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2024 Lunar Hair care Dates to Avoid

As mentioned earlier, never do a trim or treatment on the 9th, 15th, 23rd or 29th lunar days of the month. The lunar month starts on the new moon, not the first day of the calendar month. Here are all those dates for 2024.

  • Jan 18
  • Jan 25
  • Feb 2
  • Feb 8
  • Feb 17
  • Feb 23
  • Mar 2
  • Mar 8
  • Mar 18
  • Mar 24
  • Apr 1
  • Apr 7
  • Apr 16
  • Apr 22
  • Apr 30
  • May 06
  • May 15
  • May 21
  • May 29
  • Jun 4
  • Jun 14
  • Jun 20
  • Jun 28 
  • Jul 4
  • Jul 13
  • Jul 19
  • Jul 27
  • Aug 2
  • Aug 11
  • Aug 17
  • Aug 25
  • Aug 31
  • Sept 10
  • Sept 16
  • Sept 24
  • Sept 30
  • Oct 10
  • Oct 16
  • Oct 24
  • Oct 30
  • Nov 9
  • Nov 15
  • Nov 23
  • Nov 29
  • Dec 9
  • Dec 15
  • Dec 23
  • Dec 29

DON’T FORGET YOUR 2024 LUNAR HAIR CARE CALENDAR!

I made two lovely, high-res printable calendars with all these important lunar dates. They’re a reward for my Patrons, who support my creative efforts every month. You can become one here and unlock these beautiful calendars for as little as $2. If you’re already a Patron, you can find your calendar files here!

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