Why Indians Would Keep their Hair Long?

This information about hair has been hidden from the public since the Vietnam War.

Our culture leads people to believe that hair style is a matter of personal preference, that hair style is a matter of fashion and/or convenience, and that how people wear their hair is simply a cosmetic issue. During the Vietnam war however, an entirely different picture emerged, one that has been carefully covered up and hidden from public view.

In the early nineties, Sally [name changed to protect privacy] was married to a licensed psychologist who worked at a VA Medical hospital. Her husband worked with combat veterans with PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder. Most of them had served in Vietnam.

Sally said, “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 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 causalities 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.

Here is a Typical Test:

The recruit is sleeping out in the woods. An armed ‘enemy’ approaches the sleeping man. The long haired man is awakened out of his sleep by a strong sense of danger and gets away long before the enemy is close, long before any sounds from the approaching enemy are audible.

In another version of this test the long haired man senses an approach and somehow intuits that the enemy will perform a physical attack. He follows his ‘sixth sense’ and stays still, pretending to be sleeping, but quickly grabs the attacker and ‘kills’ him as the attacker reaches down to strangle him.

This same man, after having passed these and other tests, then received a military haircut and consistently failed these tests, and many other tests that he had previously passed.

So the document recommended that all Indian trackers be exempt from military haircuts. In fact, it required that trackers keep their hair long.”


The mammalian body has evolved over millions of years. Survival skills of human and animal at times seem almost supernatural. Science is constantly coming up with more discoveries about the amazing abilities of man and animal to survive. Each part of the body has highly sensitive work to perform for the survival and well being of the body as a whole.The body has a reason for every part of itself.

Hair is an extension of the nervous system, it can be correctly seen as exteriorized nerves, a type of highly evolved ‘feelers’ or ‘antennae’ that transmit vast amounts of important information to the brain stem, the limbic system, and the neocortex.

Not only does hair in people, including facial hair in men, provide an information highway reaching the brain, hair also emits energy, the electromagnetic energy emitted by the brain into the outer environment. This has been seen in Kirlian photography when a person is photographed with long hair and then rephotographed after the hair is cut.

When hair is cut, receiving and sending transmissions to and from the environment are greatly hampered. This results in numbing-out .

Cutting of hair is a contributing factor to unawareness of environmental distress in local ecosystems. It is also a contributing factor to insensitivity in relationships of all kinds. and can contribute to sexual frustration.


In searching for solutions for the distress in our world, it may be time for us to consider that many of our most basic assumptions about reality are in error. It may be that a major part of the solution is looking at us in the face each morning when we see ourselves in the mirror.

The story of Sampson and Delilah in the Bible has a lot of encoded truth to tell us. When Delilah cut Sampson’s hair, the once undefeatable Sampson was defeated.

Reported by C. Young

58 replies
  1. Caranina
    Caranina says:

    We have some Cherokee in our family, so I don’t know if that is part of it, but I wondered why, ALL my life, whenever I got my hair cut, I felt like something was not right, and bad things would happen. Every time I let it grow I felt not only stronger, but things were always better. I can’t believe I found this article, this explained a LOT to me, and now I know that these thoughts about my hair were not weird or crazy. I am going to just let it grow now…Thanks for the article!

  2. Garth
    Garth says:

    I had the same theories exactly back when Metallica Chopped off all their hair an from my point of view sold out so needless to say I have been a member of the long hair club for quite a while. I started a 4 year long process of getting full custody of my son when he was 3 because of bad environment and situation well I now have full custody and his mom recently over the past year has been seeing him a little bit very long story shorter; they used to shave his head every week no matter how much he protested or how much I had try to explain why long hair is good for us well he has not had a haircut since I’ve had him but for once and that time was mostly out of my hands but I was left to fix it . well today I allowed him to go with his mom on a event and he was just dropped off with his hair chopped off and shaved about an hour and a half ago I’m in desperate need of a silver lining / optimistic view and I am coming up with nothing of the sort and to boot my heart is beating very very hard as if it wants to explode out of my chest

  3. Carol
    Carol says:

    This article is interesting but now I am a bit confused. I have been following the lunar chart for trimming my hair seasonally which is supposed to be important but wonder if that contradicts this article which seems to say never to cut your hair. Or is occasional trimming different than drastic cutting?

    • morroccomethod
      morroccomethod says:

      The lunar hair chart can actually help your hair grow in strong and prevent it from breaking. If you never cut your hair, the ends of the hair have a high probability of splitting and breaking off which would prevent it from growing out longer. We suggest trimming/cutting only when necessary, and making those cuts based on the lunar calendar.

  4. G
    G says:

    Hi. Big comment box, haha. Anyway, I’ve long hair and can somehow sense this study is correct. There is a feeling of freedom and awareness somewhat primitive in nature that surrounds me, I can see a connection. Great story, never put it together like this. Thank you.

  5. Dorman Nelson
    Dorman Nelson says:

    Perhaps that is why women seem to be more intuitive.

    And…..John Liver Eating Johnston seemed to be quite aware of his surroundings when he was a Scout. Miles mentioned he was quite hairy, and the Indians called him Hairy Bear…….

  6. Bruce Cunningham
    Bruce Cunningham says:

    I am a practicing Shaman who has rather long hair, I have read this same information regurgitated several times over the last few years, I have also read information alluding to a Danish study asserting that women with long hair have a more accurate intuitive sense than women with shorter hair. I would be very interested in seeing any information on the original studies.

  7. Gina
    Gina says:

    This is fascinating. Does regrowing the hair revitalize the sixth sense or does cutting it in the first place destroy it completely?

  8. John Smith
    John Smith says:

    Are the studies you talk about in the article available for public viewing? If so, where can I get access to them?

  9. Chris Seibel
    Chris Seibel says:

    These are amazing facts, and I believe every word. As a woman, and a Bible believer, I grew my hair to be quite long (down to my waist), and I had wonderful power in getting my prayers answered.

    I have since cut my hair…and I have noticed that my prayers haven’t been answered as quickly as they used to be. When it grows back..I sense that that same power is there again…so I have first hand knowledge that the stories of long hair are true.

    Thank you for writing this article.

  10. jack { oainted wolf} anthony
    jack { oainted wolf} anthony says:

    Thi is somthing I was taught at my grandfather’s knee. Why is it that we just now start to see,and understand the wisdom of our fore-fathers? These stories anb lessons are passed down for one good reason…..they are the true nature of our people, tolive not with the the world,but as a part of it in all ways both passive and in touch with the world around us.

  11. Virginia Fair Richards-Taylor
    Virginia Fair Richards-Taylor says:

    The important part is- when his hair grew back, so did his strength. Did the military retest the young trackers when their hair had regrown?

  12. Gudrun B
    Gudrun B says:

    so what i want to know: did this VA psychologist get a 6th sense????
    does it grow on “moderners” who have gone bald for years now? and what about the men who loose their hair? lots of questions with out a doubt that it works for those scouts!

  13. Barry Hoon
    Barry Hoon says:

    Gosh – So that’s why I’m more sensitive/ weird than most.

    I had my hair cut off once in my early twenties – never again. I wasn’t me and it took months to recover.

    I get it trimmed occasionally, and that makes me feel a wee bit strange for a couple of weeks but normality comes back quite quickly.

    Thanks for this article.

  14. Debbie Erasmus
    Debbie Erasmus says:

    I believe this is true. Archangel Michael told me a few weeks ago that the hair is a conductor of energy. It helps the flow of energy through your tube torus also which helps to raise consciousness. This is why the angels wear their hair long and free flowing. Is it any coincidence then that the Bible calls hair “Your crowning glory”… Something to think about..
    Thank you for publishing this.

  15. Justin
    Justin says:

    My guess is that the “indian trackers” not unlike the samson story in the bible, identified with their hair as part of their indian heritage and as a source of power. If someone believes that their hair gives them power then it will to an extent (placebo effect). So from this article am I supposed to believe that buddhist monks have less power of perception than native americans because they shave their head?

  16. Yona Jyotiananda
    Yona Jyotiananda says:

    You are correct, however, there is another more well known system which hair is the extension of . . . the “Nadi System” (Meridian Channels where the body’s Energy, Life Force and Subtle Consciousness flows). Once these lines are shortened, they can no longer function effectively as before. For another source of long hair vs. short hair, see Lord Kriya Babaji (he also advocated long hair for this reason). Also, I might be wrong, but don’t Indians have difficulty growing facial hair?

  17. Sally
    Sally says:

    Very interesting article. What I have experienced and would like to see researched, is with men who wear hats, especially when they drive a vehicle. Time and time again when a driver does something stupid, it is a man wearing a hat!

  18. Sarah Coble
    Sarah Coble says:

    Neat article!
    I was the “Indian Child” (the single dark-haired child of an Indian father among 4 blondes). My blond mother found me suspicious. She didn’t like to cut my hair. Or touch it, for that matter.

  19. Wind Walker
    Wind Walker says:

    This could be purely a subconscious psychological cultural effect on the part of the test subjects from the strong ties between ‘long hair and the warrior’ in American Indian culture.

  20. Peter Joseph Paul
    Peter Joseph Paul says:

    The article was well written and quite fascinating. I can attest to the findings as every time I have cut my hair,I felt a sense of weakness,
    a failure to concentrate and a decrease in my creative abilities,such as
    writing,composing and my musical skills. As my hair grew back my skills,concentration,and overall mental attitude increased. I have always had long hair and have had many different styles and lengths over the course of my life. I currently keep it tied back in a ponytail,and untie it
    when I sleep at night. I believe my hair has kept me from aging as well.
    Your article was insightful,and very informative about hair and society as a whole,as many things that we are taught are not always true.
    Thank you.

    Peter Joseph Paul-Hi-Tech One Man Band 4/15/13

  21. Michael Dawson
    Michael Dawson says:

    Thank you so much for this post, I can’t explain why at this time but I strongly believe the written text of this post is authentic to the truth. I personally witnessed a case of extra ordinary skills and talent by one individual while in military service during the Vietnam War. I never understood why his commanders, TAC Command and all the way up to a four star general directly involved allowed the individual to have his hair as long as it was. Perhaps they knew something about this article that the benefits of performance was greater or more important than any desire or order to cut the hair. I will address this post at a later time when I can appropriately present the facts as I know them to be. Until I read this article there was no explanation on what I remembered during that time period. I find this to be a very important post, a very interesting read and something new to research about Native American heritage and history and U. S. military service. I aquired this information through my friends and classmates using Facebook which continue to amaze me about what is really important about life and the human life experience.

  22. Michael Allen Squally
    Michael Allen Squally says:

    I believe We all are connected to Fire, Father Sky, Water, and Mother Earth. Our hair is just one[1] way.

  23. jon
    jon says:

    i found this very interesting. i have long-ish hair and as a musician/producer i’ve had several long haired people tell me – when i’ve mentioned cutting it off – don’t cut it off or i’d lose some of my musical powers. i’d always thought of it as a bit of placebo, but this article makes one wonder.

  24. RU
    RU says:

    In kindalini yoga there are 10 bodies, not just the physical body. The 10th body is the radiant body and it is said that to have a strong radiant body you must not cut your hair.

  25. Eoin
    Eoin says:

    In the film Withnail and I, Danny says the following – I always knew it to be true

    “I don’t advise a haircut, man. All hairdressers are in the employment of the government. Hair are your aerials. They pick up signals from the cosmos and transmit them directly into the brain. This may be the reason bald-headed men are uptight.”

  26. Catherine
    Catherine says:

    That explains why it’s so popular to get a haircut after a breakup or tragedy. Certainly if I have too much hair, especially if it hasn’t been washed in awhile, I feel weighed down from the energy of my surroundings.

  27. Michele
    Michele says:

    Is this why children sleep better and more soundly at night? Haircuts? It makes a lot of sense that if one of your senses is cut off, you can’t feel what is going on around you.

  28. sassy
    sassy says:

    When I was married, my husband wanted me to cut off my hip-length hair. He seen it as a threat to him. Not sure what that threat was, but it was a real issue for him.
    As a Native American, I love my long hair, and there is always someone trying to convince me that I need to cut it. Now I have some proof as to why I need to keep it.

  29. Madlene Roulette
    Madlene Roulette says:

    Very intriguing analysis! Thx for this eye opening info. I’m inclined to believe this as a first nations woman on my dad’s side. More people should respect this spiritual significance!

  30. Gilgamesh
    Gilgamesh says:

    The Indian Yogi’s of the far east have similar knowledge about the spiritual nature of long hair.

    “Our hair fashions might be just a trend, but if we investigate, we may find that we have been depriving ourselves of one of the most valuable sources of energy for human vitality.” -Yogi Bhajan

  31. Tennyson
    Tennyson says:

    I have always felt more comfortable with short hair. Even after learning of this theory several years ago, I just couldn’t bring myself to let my hair grow long… It just felt wrong. I don’t feel like I have a strong sixth sense, but I do feel like I am very spiritually connected with my higher self and have always felt guided in spiritual matters. Perhaps having short hair has it’s advantages, too, though different than long. Maybe this is why monks often shave their heads. Longer hair = more connected to this plane, shorter hair = more connected to higher planes? Not really sure, but I do know that I never want to let my hair grow out.

  32. Omoniyi Olaniyan
    Omoniyi Olaniyan says:

    Thank you very much for this wonderful article.As a matter of fact,i’ve figured this out myself long time ago but searching for an evidence in order to prove my theory right,But today,you’ve really made my day.Thanks.

  33. Ismael
    Ismael says:

    This is an interesting piece. When I was younger I always had this inner longing to grow dreads. About two years ago, I finally did. I have no outer reason for having the dreads; i.e.: fashion, wanting to be part of a subculture, or even emulating a role model – none of these explained why I had this inner pull to growing dreads. Once I had reached a certain level of spiritual maturity (via meditation), I let my hair grow. When asked why I had dreads, as a ‘joke’ I would refer to them as my ‘spiritual antennas.’ To me, dreads symbolize inner maturity, mystery, and consciousness. Nice to know my intuition was on the mark.

  34. Theresa C. Mauro
    Theresa C. Mauro says:

    Don’t forget the electrical properties of hair, during extreme cold weather, it can actually emit sparks between two people, or when brushing it with a hairbrush.

  35. moncon
    moncon says:

    What does this then say about the potential negative inpacts of crazy hair removal techniques like Brazilian waxing!

  36. graham
    graham says:

    facinating study.i feel a psychic style ability and have an awareness of danger and have actually been saved a few times by this. i do have long hair.i have “felt” i was being watched and with in seconds i reacted and avoided getting caught by security while taking photos at a rock concert where cameras were banned. i picked up a danger signal when police were armed with a pistol targeting me after a case of mistaken identity i could have been shot if i had not been “aware” of the danger.

  37. The Strainger
    The Strainger says:

    I have always felt a relationship between my hair length and my overall sense of well being. I just feel so much more “in-tune” with the world when my hair is longer.

  38. Zubin Vevaina
    Zubin Vevaina says:

    This is an amazing article. But what about the buddhist monks who totally shave their heads bald and yet are very keen in their senses. I would really like a review on that in relation to this article.

    • Keve
      Keve says:

      Hmm thats a good question.
      Maybe…monks “live” in a spiritual environment. So they focus on their inner selves (i used to learn kung fu for half year, so this opinion is not “official”:D).
      Indians are not focusing on themselves I think, but the environment.
      It is just an idea, I am not sure about it.
      I read after this now, in principle (<–english dictionary) an old kind of "holy man" shaved his hear before leaving the monastery for a long-long trip. So it seems like a tradition, not some logical or practical stuff.

  39. Joe Dead Horse
    Joe Dead Horse says:

    Yep. This article pretty much says it all. I would never in a zillions years think of cutting my hair. In fact, I refuse to. Period.

    The european fashion of men cutting their hair derives from the greek/roman way of doing things. Before the romans invaded upper Europe, european men had long hair. And then it became the social script that “only women have long hair”. That having long hair means you’re effeminate, and not really masculine.

    Bwahahaha! Ohhhh-kayyyyy….

    In case anyone hasn’t yet got the memo, it’s perfectly natural for men to have long hair. And it doesn’t mean you’re a woman. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a woman, of course.

    Long hair doesn’t necessarily mean effeminate, and short hair doesn’t necessarily mean masculine.

    Ps. The samurai of Japan had long hair. If you had a time machine and went back to old Japan and made insulting remarks to them about having long hair, it’s more than highly likely you would not survive the experience. It’s extremely probable that you just won the Darwin Award.

  40. Dave
    Dave says:

    “I wouldn’t advise a haircut man, all hairdressers are in the employment of the government. Your hair is your ariel’s, they transmit cosmic rays directly to your brain. That is why bald headed men are uptight.”
    Withnail and I

  41. steve
    steve says:

    If this is true then why do all Buddhist monks have a shaved head? Increased awareness is the goal so why don’t they let it grow like Rastafari or Sikhism?

  42. Aaron Chartier
    Aaron Chartier says:

    I completely agree with this and know from experience. I started shaving my head when my hairline started to recede and have noticed since then that my “awareness” or “feel” of the environment has been quite numbed. When I cut my hair (it was down to my belt line all one length) I felt like I went into a mild type of shock. Fats heart rate, felt cold and clammy and just felt “off” for weeks, maybe even months. If this is true,bald or not, I considering growing my hair long again.

  43. Mark Walker
    Mark Walker says:

    Very interesting read. It has always puzzled me why my hair grows tremendously fast, but perhaps now I won’t cut it.

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