We all have had bad Haircuts but the Thais know how to prevent them.
Firstly, in Thai traditions, Wednesday is a day when you generally could not even find a salon open, much less a stylist or barber who would cut your Hair. Thus they prevented loss of their own reputations, possible bad luck to their clients and ridicule by anyone who knows that one never cuts hair on Wednesday.
Although current tourism has kept many shops open every day older Thais cling to beliefs that have long been traditional.
There are legends as to why this is accepted practice but also true stories of the misfortunes one might encounter by forging ahead with a haircut on any given Wednesday.
The Thais believe that Wednesday, being in the middle of the week, is a day that stabilizes the other two parts of the week. This is the day, not the weekend, that one should rest. By making changes during a Wednesday, balance is upset and bad luck could result.
Also, this is a day that has two deities involved – the morning image is a Buddha and the night has Rahu, the Hindu Demon who “eats the moon” – in other words, the being who causes eclipses. This may indicate, again, the need to be stable on that day/night. One does not know exactly what to expect on such a day.
Even pruning of plants is considered bad luck that day. In the past, it was called Farmer’s Day and care was taken about any cutting to avoid problems that might later affect the abundance of the harvest.
Thursday haircuts may have protection from guardian spirits. Friday haircuts bring wealth and Saturday haircuts will be particularly admired when the moon is also in a good position.
Days when the moon is waxing allows for not only good styling but also good regrowth if one decides to change their style.
The waning moon retards hair growth and also can bring about dissatisfaction with the look of the new “do”.
GREAT days for haircuts coincide with the equinox days – and the solstices. These special days are believed to have extra power and indicate changes of the season, so a change in your look is appropriate.