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We all love our hair. I mean it’s one of the most attractive parts of a human being. We all take pride in our hair, but there’s actually an intense history as to why the native Americans keep their hair long.

Whether you curl it, dry it, or straighten it, we all do something to make our hair look better. Although we do put quite a lot of effort into our do’s, we don’t even come close to caring for our hair compared to the Native American Indians. They took great pride in their hair, but according to ancient Indian civilizations, our hair is an extension of our nervous system.

A woman, who’s identity remains hidden, was married to a licensed psychologist that worked at a VA Medical Center. Her husband works with combat veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. most of her husband’s patients had served in the Vietnam war, and she released an interesting confidential story. Here it is.

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 let him do it, and other very conservative men in the staff followed his example. As I read the documents, I learned why.

During the Vietnam war,  special forces were sent out to scour the American Indian Reservations looking for talented young men that they could scout to be part of their army. They looked for tough men who knew the terrain well and could perform the kind of skills needed for the war with expertise as they were used to that kind of terrain and had stealth and hunting skills.

The forces successfully managed to recruit some of these men to fight, but the amazing thing happened to them after they had been enlisted and were given their army regulation haircut. After being witnessed performing amazingly skillful tasks, they could not longer perform to anything like the same standard after they had had their hair cut off.

The recruits were questioned about the change in their behavior and they said they were no longer able to ‘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.

In order to test this amazing theory that had been put forward by the American Indians, men were paired up and one given a haircut, while the other kept his hair long. In aptitude tests, the man with the longer hair consistently outperformed his short haired partner, and skills it seemed were stripped of those who were previously able to perform to a high standard.

The Native American’s kept their hair extremely long because they believed it is an extension of our nervous system. They refuse to cut it, however, it isn’t a choice. Hair, like skin, is essentially part of the nervous system. In some situations, it’s referred to as externalized nerves. It is like feelers or antennae. It transmits information to the brain.

Although some people are judged to be lazy, poor of hygiene, or a hippy just because their hair is long, there is actually some deep meaning to long hair. You might even want to consider growing your own out!