So I have become convinced that somehow, Saturn in Sagittarius is manifesting as a return to our ‘dark roots’ lol. Of course this seems shallow to write/think about as global empires evolve at gunpoint and our geopolitics/the world economy is undergoing tectonic change. However, it’s kind of deep also.
The first real whiff i got of this new hair zeitgeist was when i went to see my Scorpio doctor. She appeared, limber and glowing as usual, but with a full head of her “real” hair, complete with a heap of silver. She is at her 2nd Saturn Return so that’s not surprising but ever since i had known her, she’d colored it. We don’t even think about it, because that’s just what ‘we’ do. Now Scorpio Doctor is not someone who would wind up with gray/dark roots because of anything approaching neglect. She is like the polar opposite of any “letting yourself go” mentality. An Ashtanga obsessive, her nutrition is super on point and she daily cultivates flexibility, core poise and strength – mentally, spiritually, physically etc. She is also super-chic. So, i asked her, w.t.f is up with this, um, new look?
Scorpio Doctor explained (this is me paraphrasing) that the latest reports on hair color were fuqed. That the formulations had barely altered in decades and that there were serious concerns with several ingredients. People who should know better (but are not informed properly by a compliant/negligent/who knows media/government) spend hundreds of $ a month sitting around reading about the Kardashians with toxic gunk seeping into their brains and bloodstream.
“Right,” i said, “so i really should be getting the natural hair dyes from the health food store.” Apparently not. The usual villains are still there but with some minor baddies ostentatiously removed for effect. “Google,” she said, “resorcinol and para-phenylenediamine.” What’s weird is that my first reaction to Scorpio Doctor saying there was too much shit in these products to be worth the benefits is “I can’t stop doing this.” Which is crazy right?
I mean, it’s not like the results of my adult-lifetime of hair dying are spectacular – currently, i would describe my hair as fried blonde and even a week before seeing Scorpio doctor, i was lying at a neck wrecking angle over the basin, smelling the fumes of the stuff being rinsed off, my scalp burning and itching, listening to the colorist say (for the umpteenth time over the decades) that they were going to use to a toner to “bring the color down because my hair throws up warm.” I was thinking maybe i just won’t get the result i apparently want with all this faffing about, ever.
My first adventure in hair dye involved a box of Ultra Blonde tipped on what i had deemed to be perfectly blonde hair that had mysteriously and unfairly turned mouse blonde more or less as i approached peak puberty. That came out canary yellow with orange streaks and fried the ends. So i fixed that with Magic Silver White to the point that it went purple and then bought that up with something else and began my affair with Extreme Damaged Hair treatment products. That was when i was 15 and this cycle has been continuing more or less since then, only when i was older and with budget i introduced hairdressers into the scene.
But seriously w.t.f? I have not seen my real hair since then. And nearly everyone I know is similar. I once glimpsed it when i was at Saturn Return and with a little bit of what i thought was white paint or bleach weirdly staining one strand but no; “that’s your first gray” said the hairdresser but don’t worry “we can deal with that.” I was like ‘thank god’ and went back to reading my tabloid magazine while the gunk sunk in.
So after googling a la Scorpio Doctor’s recommendation, i realized that hair dye is potentially responsible for a lot more crap than i was aware of. Then, searching with terms like “how to grow hair out naturally without looking hideous”, i realized there is a whole movement out there about this and it’s been happening for more or less the time since Saturn got into Sagittarius in late 2014. Obviously i don’t mean that nobody grew their hair out or stopped dying it before that but that the whole return-to-roots thing as cultural zeitgeist seems to have picked up momentum since then.
I discovered these two awesome books (about going gray but kind of applicable for anyone wanting to step off the dye cycle) – Going Gray and Gray Hair Adventure – + silver chicks like Yasmina Rossi/Cindy Joseph and some radical feminist rants about how (basically) women oppress themselves with the hair thing. And the growing your hair out for health and authenticity movement seems aligned with yoga, removing toxins from your diet and updating your self and your vibe for the era (which is totally Saturn), rather than automatically doing anything.
Women like Scorpio Doctor, Yasmina, Cindy and Co certainly put paid to any idea of growing your hair out going along with gaining a million kilograms and sitting at home in your massage chair, drinking liters of gin, watching police reality shows while you order cats online. It seems to be coming from a place of empowerment.
So Lilith is in Scorpio, Venus is about to move into Leo and i am going to be letting my dark roots grow. The regrowth seems apt for Saturn square Neptune as part of that process (no matter what sign you are) is letting go of an illusion or an ideal. In arcane astrology, Neptune also rules toxins and poisons so being real about removing a regular and expensive one from the regime also seems relevant.
Having said that, I could flip in six weeks and repeat history by racing out score some Ultra-Blonde again, breathing in great sighs of relief as the familiar fumes waft up. Maybe fried is better than real? Perhaps i still want whatever it is i was trying to attain at 15 enough to risk my scalp and all? I hope not but you never know. So where are you at with truth in hair?
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