Here at mindbodygreen, we're constantly on the lookout for the next "big thing" in health and wellness. So when the La Tierra Sagrada Treatment for hair crossed our desks, we couldn't wait to try it out. Crafted by LA hairstylist Stefani Padilla — aka the "Hair Shaman" — it's no surprise we were seriously impressed with the results. But if you seriously want to take your hair care game to the next level, let Padilla guide you in sacred ritual for your best strands yet. Trust her, she's the Hair Shaman.
One of the most important things you can do to connect with and re-center yourself is to perform a ritual: any action that has an intention behind it and a meaning beyond its appearance. This means that something as simple as caring for your hair can become a sacred ritual if you imbue it with meaning.
A hair ritual is something you can create on your own, in your own time, in whatever way makes sense to you. Tailor the ritual to what you feel is necessary for your mane — more body, brighter shine, stronger strands, etc. — just so long as there's consciousness behind the action.
Though creating a ritual around your hair may seem silly, I can promise that your hair is powerful and many traditions consider hair an extension of the self. From a yogic perspective, hair is a gift from nature that can help increase vitality, intuition, and tranquillity. The Native American tradition believes hair is representative of our strength, wisdom, and power.
So when you take the time to treat your hair to a ritual, not only are you working on the physical strands, but your entire self benefits from the action and intention. Remember: The energy and effort you put into this ritual will stay with you throughout the day.
If you are consciously and mindfully creating a ritual in a hair healing, you're giving yourself energy, faith, trust, and certainty. Creating these types of practices on a consistent level is how you will see a transformation and results, for this is the power and faith of ritual.
So the next time you decide to pamper your hair, don't just use the products without thought and then run out the door to begin your day. Take a moment to really heal and care for your hair, and in turn, yourself. Connect that action to yourself. Let your hair ritual reflect your inner divine!