“Hair Is An Extension Of The Nervous System” – Why Native Americans Keep Their Hair Long

There is some interesting information out there about hair and the role it plays in intuition and the nervous system.

Keeping one’s hair long is viewed as a choice. The style is personal preference, and people who keep their hair long are viewed as hippies, hipsters, or just plain lazy. However, a whole different story emerged during the time of the Vietnam war.

A woman, let’s call her Sally, was married to a licensed psychologist who happened to work at a VA Medical Hospital. He worked with combat veterans who were suffering from PTSD.

Below is Sally’s story:

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.


It seems that during the Vietnam War special forces in the war department had sent undercover experts to comb American Native American 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 Native American trackers were then enlisted. Once enlisted, an amazing thing happened. Whatever talents and skills they had possessed on the reservation seemed to disappear mysteriously, as recruit after recruit failed to perform as expected in the field.

Serious casualties 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 could not ‘read’ subtle signs as well or access subtle extrasensory information.

So the testing institute recruited more Native American 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 standardized 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 Native American trackers be exempt from military haircuts. In fact, it required that trackers keep their hair long.


How is this possible? It all has to do with how we as humans have evolved. Every part of the body has a purpose, and when we lose touch with ourselves and our bodies, we lose the true power we have.

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

However, many people think hair is dead and does nothing for us as humans. It is just an accessory. I do not know who is right or who is wrong, but I am open to all possibilities.

Here is the man you need to hear it from:

This article was featured at Rense & WakingTimes by C. Young.


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Bradley Goodchild - November 15, 2015

Makes perfect sense to me as i have always had long hair ever since i was old enough to decide for myself if i wanted a haircut or not !

Denzel Foad - November 15, 2015

Hence Samson lost his energy when his hair was cut…

rheddaj - November 15, 2015

sounds plausible, but not general; i know of long haired people who are incredibly insensitive to the physical world around them and have been likewise caught off guard AND short hair people who have extremely keen and intuitive perception. Just sayin…

    Mercurychick - November 27, 2015

    Just because there are some people who have long hair and are not aware does not mean the article/belief has no significance. There is one TRUTH, then there are many truths based on our level of awareness & perception. You can overcome anything long or short hair, however as an astrologer and cosmetologist who has viewed thousands of charts there is a connection between hair and the nervous system.

      rheddaj - December 1, 2015

      Thanks Mercurychick! i don’t know too much about astrology but as I said – sounds plausible. I am intrigued with the statement that we can overcome anything. I think too that often we do not need to exert any effort for us to overcome certain things, that they are overcome by time and natural variance which comes with just living, especially a contemplative/reflective life. And so if we indeed can overcome “anything” as you say and which I agree, then the effects of star alignment, gravitational effect, hair length, may not hold the type of significant power of mapping our lives which many in the field of astrology may propose. NOT saying this about you or all who are involved in astrology. Also curious how working with cosmetics helped you with your undertanding?

        Wendy Herfurth Fox - December 6, 2015

        Cosmetology is the study and application of beauty treatment. Branches of specialty includes *hairstyling*, skin care, cosmetics, manicures/pedicures, and electrology

Linda Depew - November 15, 2015

While this is interesting I would be curious to see further testing to determine if the results might stem from a Native American belief that their hair needs to be long. As we know, our beliefs have a major effect on our actions.

Sage_on_the_Hudson - December 5, 2015

Of course, MAYBE the Indians who were forced to cut their hair were just sufficiently UNHAPPY about it that it distracted them from what they were signed up to do.

    Cpt_Justice - January 30, 2016

    That could *very well* be it as well!

Robert Abbott - December 27, 2015

I think this is definitely the case as I have had long hair as well as short hair. I find myself feeling better when I have long hair but I just hate when I am half way between short hair and long shoulder length hair. I have also found some who use long hair and beards to distance themselves from the world so the intuitive powers seem not to be there.

    Suzanne Marcella Learned Camar - May 6, 2016

    The long hair & beards are picking up on all the disharmony around them. That is sometimes good reason to distance one’s self.

purelight - January 10, 2016

What about the practice of cutting the hair when a loved one dies?

Ron Strong - January 28, 2016

This is truly the stupidest thing I have ever read

Cpt_Justice - January 30, 2016

If there is *anything* to this, it might explain the whole “women are more intuitive than men” thing.

Meowmix - March 7, 2016

Another dumbass settler spreading bullshit stories about Native Americans.

julianterris - April 12, 2016

I think that hair is dead protein -but that the scalp is alive -and as such (perhaps) transmits information directly to the brain. We all know the feeling when something (or someone) makes your “hair stand on end” or “flesh crawl” perhaps there’s something in this. I’m skeptical, I need more proof than anecdotal evidence.

Jonathan - April 12, 2016

This article is hearsay that is being passed off as fact. It lacks credibility. Whenever that story about trackers in Vietnam war is told its always the same….no one ever provides a source document. Stop telling this story. It begs credibility because it mentions US military research and Native American trackers. Speculate all you want about hair and its function (known and yet unknown) but don’t try to validate your story with some sort of truthiness.

M.J.Orifice - July 18, 2016

having not cut my hair in over 20 yrs, i can say this about it.. my balance is better than almost anyone else i know, i can always tell where an animal is nearby, if i have soft shoes on even my cats don’t hear me. this was not so with shorter hair but it’s very possible that it’s not something “supernatural”. we can feel if something is in our hair by the way it affects our scalp, we can feel wind as it blows through our hair, with longer hair that is amplified and much like the fact that we don’t consciously triangulate our binocular vision to measure distance, we may process the sensations of the movement of our hair without conscious thought. so those of us with long hair get more complete information by how the hair moves in the follicle just because it’s a more powerful lever…. just a thought (not saying it’s true)

    Natalia Brown - November 15, 2016

    Agreed, I have fervently defended my ‘right’ to long hair ever since I was a child. I notice less information/sensitivity even if my hair is in a pony tail ie. less movement on the scalp.

HarryMonmouth - September 14, 2016

What I want to know is why Sally’s husband and all these other conservative types suddenly felt they needed to develop the abilities of an Indian scout.

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