Mostly hair in dreams links with the way you are thinking, your self image and attitudes. In some dreams it can link with sexual attraction or even what sexual characteristics you are displaying. Therefore changing the style of your hair would show you changing the way you see yourself, or how you want others to see you.

We sometimes use our hair and the way we style it to show what group or social group we identify with. So a hair style could link with a social group or status – business; hippie; middle class; smart and motivated; laid back; Goff’s; punk; artistic etc.

Example: I was watching a man do a stage act. It started with him looking directly toward me and gradually taking on the character of a hippie person. His hair was in a pony tail at the back and he became less well groomed. Then he shook his hair loose from the pony tail and went through amazing changes in which the whole styling and colour of his hair altered and changed the way he looked, and even his sex. For instance his hair became shoulder length, red, beautifully styled in a full waved perm of shining hair. As this he was a beautiful female. At another moment he turned profile and the hair styled backwards into a mane of wavy hair. T.C.

This dream shows how the hair depicts character and mental attitude, even gender. See: washing hair.

Baldness: Ageing; feeling obsolete; lack of thought; maleness.

Beard: This depends on the age of the person and the situation in the dream. For instance stubble on a teenage boy suggests he is moving into manhood. But a beard can also suggest carelessness – as when someone hasn’t shaved; a mask if someone uses it to hide their youth; or a way of life that does not conform, or like a backwoodsman. Sometimes the link is with a war veteran, suggesting a long exposure to conflict and extreme living conditions.

Black wig: This wig suggests the false thinking, the unconscious false thoughts, still prevalent and to be dealt with.

Brushing hair: Clarifying or bringing order to attitudes or thoughts. Getting rid of emotional or relationship tangles or tangled ideas.

Changing hair style: Changing the way you see yourself, your self image. Perhaps also changing attitudes and a change of mind.

Chest hair: Masculinity, virility. If it is on a woman, it suggests her expressing masculine qualities.

Colour of hair: In everyday life we unconsciously gather a lot of information from someone’s hair colour. For instance racial background is one immediate thing we see. But hair colour might well link with someone we know – our father, or mother, or someone close to us. If that is not the link it can suggest attitudes – light-headed for instance; dark thoughts; fiery temperament with red hair, or age and perhaps wisdom with grey or silver hair.

If the hair is artificially coloured this shows the person or yourself trying to be something you are not at your ‘roots’. But this might also show an attempt to stand out, to be different to those around you to gain attention or change your self image.

Combing hair: See: comb.

Cutting off beard: Making a change; feeling more certain about your manhood; or uncertainty about manhood, depending on dream. It can also suggest a fuller meeting or self expression, and uncovering of who you are. In some cultures it might suggest leaving behind traditional religious beliefs.

Cutting hair: It can be about a change taking place in you – it cold be to smarten yourself up, or to have a real personal change. Cutting hair or a hand or some other part of the body may be about an initiation into another type of life. In traditional initiation rites and a boy’s or girl’s initiation to manhood or womanhood the cutting of hair, was symbolic of growth beyond childhood and a taking on of mature life. See Long Hair

Cutting hair right off: This depends on what hair is cut off. If it is wild and unkempt, then it would show a real change and a more disciplined way of thinking and acting. If the hair style suggested some sort of social, religious or cult affiliation, then it would show a move away from that. In general it shows cutting back on what you think or dream, like clearing out a cupboard of all the things no longer needed. It can also show denial of sensual, sexual and physical drives, as with a monk, or acceptance of age or baldness.

Dark hair: The thoughts and ideas that move you yet are largely unconscious. Might show ‘dark’ thoughts or attitudes. But it can also suggest racial dispositions, such as Latin passions or responses, or the black cultural way of being. As mentioned above, it can also link with someone you know.

Disheveled hair Mental confusion, personal carelessness about how you appear to others. It might also be an indication that you are ruled by crazy thoughts and ideas.

Fair hair: Awareness; ‘light headed’. Might link with racial types such as Scandinavian stock, or indicate a coolheaded person. Being blonde is also for many women and men a statement of wanting to be attractive, or wanting to attract attention and not be one of the crowd.

Genital or armpit: Sexuality. Your natural or instinctive feelings and drives. See: pubic hair below.

Hair on chest or body of female, even child: The male side of the woman; might be parents desire for a boy generated male characteristics. It could also be a sign of something unusual breaking through, something that you didn’t expect growing into your life. See archetype of the animus

Hair in mouth: Hair in ones mouth is a cause of tremendous irritation or discomfort. So may be something that is very disturbing or difficult to speak about. Also the mouth is associated with eating and speaking.

You would want to get rid of the hair and irritation as soon as possible. So it may be something you are saying that is so wrong it makes you feel irritated. But hair can also represent your thoughts, so maybe it is something you are thinking and not words.

But the way you can find out for yourself is to imagine yourself in the dream and explore the feeling with the idea – what does this mean. You could use Being the Person or Thing

Long matted: Not caring about social image or self; drop out.

Long hair: Freedom; permissiveness; girlhood with woman.

Plaited or pony tail: Girlhood; socialised or disciplined thoughts and feelings.

Pubic hair: Some dreams mentioning pubic hair do so in a way that suggests it as a glimpse of what lies beneath – or at least a glimpse of whatever pleasure or emotions, perhaps even fear or pain, are generated by the experience of or thoughts/fantasies of sex. When the pubic hair is missing it is about the revealing of the sex or gender. Of course, today, the appearance or absence of hair could refer to the latest fashions in sexual display.

Another possibility of the lack of pubic hair is that your sexual feelings, needs and power are being made conscious, or are brought to awareness.

In connection with teenagers it shows the emergence of their sexual life and all that will bring.

Short hair: If it  was long it shows a radical change in the way you see yoruself, perhaps more busines like or less feminine. It can also show that you are maturing beyond the girlhood or boyhood stage. Your present age has nothing to do with the change. See Ages of Love

Tight style: Discipline; self restraint.

Very long beard: Sense of eternal or long life.

Washing hair: Changing ones attitude; altering the way one thinks about something or ones viewpoint. “Wash that man right out of my hair” mind/feelings.

White beard: Wisdom or experience gained through long life, and perhaps an awareness of life beyond the senses.

Wig: False attitudes or thoughts; an assumed social front.

Woman’s dreams – Armpit or leg hair: Social expression of sexuality or physicality.

Idioms: harebrained; hair of the dog; get in your hair; got you by the short hairs; keep your hair on; hair raising; have us by the short hairs; let one’s hair down; make you hair curl/stand on end; didn’t turn a hair; pulling hair out; put hairs on your chest; tear one’s hair out; split hairs, without turning a hair. See: shampoo.

Useful Questions and Hints:

What is being expressed by the hair style or things done to the hair?

Is the hair coloured, if so what impression do I have of it?

Is this different in any way to my own hair style – is so what do the differences suggest?

See Victims – Secrets of Power DreamingLife’s Little SecretsTechniques for Exploring your Dreams


-Salihu 2018-06-20 7:47:27

I am woman in her late 20s. I had a dream last night that my boyfriend shaved my genital hair (vagina) with a shaving stick and went away with it. I was comfortable at first but later when he left i had doubts about him and what he was going to do with it.

    -Tony Crisp 2018-06-24 11:57:36

    Salihu – I have a problem in answering your dream because you seem to be under the illusion that in your dream your boyfriend is him, and so you response is also due to his actions.

    Because when you think about a lover, a friend or a person you know, you are only taking in your thoughts, impressions and feelings about them. So many people do not realise that they have an inner person equally as powerful as the external person you know. You have taken in millions of bits of memory, lessons learnt, life experiences along with all the feelings or problems met by meeting or living with them, and they change you and make you the person you are. The memories and experience we gather unconsciously change us and are not lost. It is part of you and is symbolised in dreams as a person or event. Such an inner person can appear in dreams because you still carry the memories or impressions of them, and so they influenced what you hold within you.

    Also the dream is actually created by your desires, emotions, fears even your wonder, so why have you created a dream of your boyfriend playing about with your genital area and then feeling doubts about him?

    What desires are you hiding? To really see if that is true try using and

-Destiny 2017-08-21 3:17:29

I had a dream that half of my hair fell off and became really short. My hair also turned blond when my hair is currently really dark. i don’t know what it means.

-Laura Lynne Watson 2017-07-25 6:14:05

I had this dream that I shaved part of the hair on my head. My hair reaches to the mid back & it’s a chestnut color, unless it gets too much sunlight, then it turns strawberry blond but I had the same hair color. After I shaved the center front I started to freak out cause it was a huge bald spot & I kept questioning why I did what I did. Panicked I pull my hair into a pony tail but when I did this my hair was much shorter. It came to my shoulder blades & I was able to cover up the bald spot. Then I was in some house that was constructed in the early 1800s but it was built in three sections(people kept saying this in my dream). I don’t understand what the shaved to the scalp area meant or my hair suddenly being shorter means, as well. Any comments are welcome

-Reagan 2016-12-04 15:35:40

Hey Tony, I dreamed that an older lady (older maternal figure unknown)was taking care of my hair, massaging my scalp, washing, and combing it. As she was doing it grew longer, more luxurious, and curly. What does that mean?

-Hafiz 2016-07-09 16:05:22

I saw a dream were my foot sole is haveing growing hair and I was plucking it and the y were so balck and smooth and shiny can you tell me wat is the meaning for that

-Dorothy Hester 2016-06-09 12:13:02

Not a dream, I keep finding tufts of cut hair in odd places in my house. Always in the same colour – mousy blonde. My middle child has almost the same colour but more fairer so I know it’s not his. I tend to cut my families hair outside. I had checked my children’s hair every time I find those tufts but none has a patch, all 3 have short hair and tufts are a bit longer than theirs at any given time. I am trying to look up why these tufts crop up and whether it’s an omen/sign (like in having white feathers). Any ideas?

-Joan Madison 2016-04-07 2:17:13

I had a dream I was talking to my youngest daughter(35). As we talked I noticed a single hair on her face but when I went to remove it, it was much longer than I thought. A single hair about 10 inches.

-Mélanie 2015-12-30 10:09:57

I always go on your website when I make strange dreams!
Last night a hairdresser was cutting my hair (She cut them too shorthy I didn’t want to) and there were a problem with my fringe. We couldn’t brush it. So the hairdresser used some hairspray and pressed the button continiously for at least 20 min !! Then I felt in my dream I was sick and it was like a cure.. it was like magic power all over my head..
I really don’t know what that means exactly ! So weird…

-haylee 2015-11-09 21:28:21

I just had a dream that I was wearing an animals foot in my plaited hair, something like a smallammal maybe kitten sized brown speckled. I was on the bus on the way to my party. My friends had just put makeup on me. And as I was figuring out what to do with my hair a massive clump had fallen out right at the very top. At first I was shocked then thought it must be some form of alopecia, though I am not stressed. I then proceeded to take my other plait out to find a skinny sworn had grown out of the mammals foot and was about a foot long. I ripped out the worm and killed it on the floor! My hair continued to fall out in clumps so the whole top almost looked similar to that of a monk. When I got off the bus I looked in the mirror and noticed the right side underneath had all but gone too. And I felt the smoothness of my freshly bold head and could see the surtures of my my skull through the skin!

-Angeline 2015-11-06 12:27:49

I’m a woman (23 years old). About 4 months ago I dreamt my father (which I respect and trust most) cut off my very long healthy dark brown hair. I was terrified in the dream. But knew it had to be done.

Weeks later in real life I accidentally burnt my own hair and had to cut it off about pixie style. A month later quit my job and started my own business. Last night my farher told me hopefully I’ll have a home by next week. I’m renting a flat on one of his properties. I get by on my own. But why is this scaring me?

-Slam 2015-10-01 11:44:35

Had a dream that a little strand of black hair was poking out of the print of my index finger on my right hand.. So I tugged on it and more started to stretch out I kept pulling to where wavy womens hair was coming out of my finger the more I pulled the more hair kept coming out to the point it made a bloody hole in my finger print.. Need to know what this means ASAP thanks..

    -AJP 2016-03-26 18:04:17

    Slam.. Just read your comment about the dream you had. It’s really, really weird because last night I had the exact same dream: Had some sort of irritation on the print of my right index finger, there were 3 or 4 little dark hairs sticking out, all at 45 degrees to the surface of the skin, all about 3-4mm long. They were fine hairs, so not stubble, but looked freshly cut at the end. I pulled one of these (or someone did, I can’t remember if I was alone in the dream) and it just kept coming, but more strands were coming with it the more I pulled, until I ended up with a 7-8 inch lock of wavy, mousey blonde hair in front of me. It was repulsive. I don’t remember any damage to my finger. Did you find out what this means? Very strange that we both shared the same experience, as it’s so surreal and specific. Must mean something???!!!

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