Dreams about hair are complicated. They’re complicated because they’re scary and make you wonder what’s going on, and a lot of people panic when they have a dream about losing hair. However, they’re even more complicated because of how your brain chooses the content of your dreams.

  1. A part of your dreams comes from unconscious mind, which has patterns stored and developed before you’re even born just because you’re a human being.
  2. Another part of your dreams comes from what you’ve learned and stored in your mind since you’ve been born.

While these two sides of the coin are usually in agreement with each other, they can sometimes come into conflict and try to tell your brain two different things at the same time. Because of this, it’s not always clear which side of things is running the show in dreams about hair loss.

However, the good news is that you can deduce which of the two sides above are dictating the dream if you know what to look for. That’s what we’re going to break down here for you so that you can get some answers for your individual case.

A woman with long dark hair in a bun looking to the left standing beside of a white wall.

Did You Dream of Cutting Hair by Choice?

The first thing to focus on is whether you were in control of the decision to lose your hair in the dream. There’s a big difference between making the choice to cut your hair off and having something happen to you where it just falls out. As it so happens, each of these two scenarios actually corresponds to one of the two sides of things we mentioned up above.

Here we’ll look at each of these two sides of things before moving on to some special cases that may apply to you as well.

Scenario 1: You Dream of Hair Falling Out in Clumps

If you dream of hair falling out in clumps, or even if it’s just a little bit at a time, then this is typically something coming from the oldest part of your unconscious mind (#1 in the list of the two options). People actually had this figured out a long time ago, and that’s why the Biblical meaning of hair in dreams is tied to this deep, unconscious side of things.

When you dream about your hair falling out involuntarily, that’s a symbol for the fear of loss.

However, what you need to realize is that¬†it’s not even usually about being afraid of losing your hair. Instead, it’s typically going to be about losing something that you hold as a part of your identity. This could be a wide range of things because different people form their self-identity in different ways. With that said, here are a few of the most common things people fear losing of this type:

  • If you’re particularly tied into your career, you may be fearing losing your job in the face of uncertainty in your industry in general.
  • It’s not uncommon for women and men to both dream about hair falling out when their kids are starting to grow up and leave the house more.
  • Have you ever known someone who seriously cut their hair right after getting out of a relationship? This is sometimes the result of them dreaming about losing their hair and trying to take control of what feels like a loss of control.

These are not the only situations people could be in that could cause them to dream about this. However, they give you an idea of the type of thing that can make your unconscious mind try to work on solving these problems through symbolism in your dreams.

A woman looking away from the camera with the focus on her long hair braided down her back.

Scenario 2: You Dream About Cutting Your Hair (Or Having It Cut) Voluntarily

The flip side of the coin is when your pattern recognition portion of your brain takes over and is using that side of things to generate hair cutting symbolism in your dreams (ie: option #2). When you dream of cutting hair in various situations (or having someone cut it for you with your blessing), this is more about taking control than feeling out of control.

If you really want to dive into the deep end, we’ve known this for a long time as human beings. We can even see it with the Biblical meaning of hair in dreams with certain scriptures like Leviticus 14:9 (ESV):

And on the seventh day he shall shave off all his hair from his head, his beard, and his eyebrows. He shall shave off all his hair, and then he shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and he shall be clean.

We can see in this very old verse that it still all matches up with the idea of voluntarily cutting your hair to get a fresh start (often as a part of something viewed like a cycle, which is what the seven days reference is about). Again, we see the same idea with how common it is for people to cut their hair after getting out of a relationship. When you dream of cutting hair for yourself in one way or another (or through a proxy like a stylist), it’s all about the symbolism of the new beginning.

Overall, it’s why when you dream about shaving head it’s different than a dream about it just coming out unexpectedly; the former takes a lot of effort and direct intent.

A confident woman with long blonde hair wearing a black leather jacket.

How to Use This in Lucid Dreams About Hair Falling Out

Lucid dreaming can be a tool to take control of the way symbolism forms in your mind while you dream about hair loss. If you realize you’re in a dream and take control, then you can actually convert the first scenario about fear into the second scenario about voluntarily marching into a new beginning.

This is a great example of what is meant by lucid dreaming alchemy. We often have situations we dream about that are terrifying, like when we dream about spiders, but they’re actually about opportunity of some sort or a new beginning. This is exactly the case in dreams where your hair is coming out. The alchemy in this type of situation involves the conversion of something that’s a problem into something that’s empowering.

We believe that this is the greatest usage of lucid dreaming and dream work in general. That’s because it works to teach you to meet obstacles as sources of opportunity. When you do this, you end up running toward them instead of away from them. When you learn to do this with your dream work where there are no real consequences if you fail, you gain the confidence to meet obstacles when you’re awake with the same tenacity.

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