By now, you’re probably incredibly fearful of Mercury retrograde and all it entails. From major miscommunication to technology mishaps, the transit isn’t the most enjoyable period, to put it kindly. You may already have a plan in place to ensure you get through Mercury retrograde without texting your ex or showing up late to a work meeting—but, what are you going to do about your hair? Yes, your hair. Because this period can be somewhat stressful, it can impact our hair in major ways, some of which you didn’t even know. Have no fear, for we enlisted the help of celebrity astrologers Lauren Ash and Lina. The astrologers detailed everything from when the 2022 Mercury retrogrades are to what you should never do to your hair during the transit in this survival guide. Scroll below for their sage advice!
When Does Mercury Go Retrograde in 2022?
Mercury will go retrograde a total of four times this year, which is one more time than usual—yay. Mark the following dates on your calendar for all the Mercury retrogrades in 2022:
- January 14, 2022 to February 3, 2022 in Aquarius (we survived!)
- May 10, 2022 to June 2, 2022 in Gemini
- September 9, 2022 to October 2, 2022 in Libra
- December 29, 2022 to January 18, 2023 in Capricorn
You’ll also want to keep in mind that Mercury shadow periods usually begin before and a few weeks after the retrograde. The shadow periods aren’t as tumultuous as when Mercury is actually retrograde, but they still can cause some hiccups.
Our first Mercury retrograde of the year coincides with a Venus retrograde in Capricorn. “Venus retrograde in Capricorn will end on January 29, 2022, and we may feel driven to grab the scissors—but please wait a few more days,” the Lauren Ash Astrology founder urges. “Although we’re through Venus retrograde, our first Mercury retrograde of the year will still be active until February 3, 2022. Mercury retrogrades don’t affect our beauty and appearance in the same way Venus retrogrades do. However, they are notorious for communication and technology issues.” You heard the astrologer, back away from the scissors.
Lina echoes this point, noting “usually Mercury retrograde is associated more with communication issues, problems with technology, scheduling conflicts, because that is what Mercury rules over. However, right now, Venus, the planet that rules over beauty, is also retrograde. I would not try a new stylist or give your hair a crazy cut and color that may be hard to revise in the future. Also, Mercury is considered the messenger of the Gods in Roman mythology so when this planet is retrograde, there can be delays with packages.” Translation: Don’t expect any haircare products you order to arrive on time. Patience is a much-needed virtue during this time.
What to Avoid Doing to Your Hair During Mercury Retrograde
1. Don’t get a new haircut.
Mercury retrograde isn’t exactly the best time to start something new. Rather, this period is all about focusing on redoing, reevaluating, readjusting, etc. When it comes to your hair, avoid getting a dramatic cut during this time. You can absolutely do your research for when the retrograde is over, but don’t commit to a new ‘do during the transit. Speaking from personal experience, any Mercury retrograde haircut we’ve ever gotten wasn’t our favorite.
2. Don’t dye your hair a different color.
In the same vein as the point above, you’ll want to avoid any dramatic hair changes. Keep your current color or at least dye your hair something in the same family. Going from jet black to platinum might not be the best decision. It’s best to save those hair changes for after the retrograde.
3. Don’t switch up your haircare routine.
Rather than tossing out all your go-to products in favor of new ones, use the ones you already have. You can surely reassess which parts of your routine are and aren’t working, but don’t make any dramatic decisions just yet. Wait until Mercury retrograde is over, then overhaul your haircare routine if needed. Lina points out that “as long as it’s not anything permanent, I would go for it.”
4. Don’t rush into anything.
Mercury retrograde can have us feeling helpless and out of control. When that happens, we like to make rash decisions to feel in control. This is especially true when it comes to our strands, which is why Lauren stresses not to “rush into things.” Instead, she suggests you wait or “invest the time and money it takes to get [your hair] done right.”
This point also pertains to big haircare purchases. Lina recommends you hold off on buying anything expensive during this time. “If you’re looking at a Dyson Airwrap, I would wait until early February when both Venus and Mercury are still direct, as electronics purchased during Mercury retrograde can be glitchy,” they note.
What to Do for Your Hair During Mercury Retrograde
1. Double-check any hair appointments.
If you already have something scheduled with your stylist, no need to cancel it. However, Lauren does stress that you confirm your appointment. “Call the day before your hair appointment and double-check your reservation is confirmed—technology issues may cause a fritz with booking systems,” she notes.
2. Bring plenty of inspiration to your hair appointment.
Communication issues are a dime a dozen when Mercury goes retrograde. You may think you ever-so-eloquently detailed the exact look you wanted to your stylist, only for it to not come out at all as you had intended. This is why Lauren recommends you “print out multiple pictures of your desired style to bring along to your appointment. This will help avoid common communication issues that happen during a Mercury retrograde.” Lina also notes that it’s critical “you’re on the same page about cut and color with a stylist.” This will prevent any mishaps that will be difficult to revise.
3. Consult with your stylist before doing anything drastic to your hair or routine.
Before you do anything, talk to your stylist. They’ll likely be able to talk you off the ledge or at least ensure everything turns out smoothly. Lauren suggests you “do your research, come prepared with questions, and double-check all the information you’re given.”
4. Try temporary changes.
Always wanted bangs? Mercury retrograde may not be the best time to get them, but you can always try clip-in bangs. Want to turn your brunette hair purple? Try a temporary hair color. There are a number of ways to temporarily update your look without making a commitment you’ll eventually regret.
Best Hair Products to Use During Mercury Retrograde
Lauren shared a few recommendations for products she suggests you use during each Mercury retrograde this year and beyond. Chances are, you may already own some of them.
We love our GHD Unplugged Styler. It makes life so much easier, and Lauren echoes this is especially true during Mercury retrograde. “Mercury retrograde is notorious for bringing up technology issues. This cordless flat iron allows you to make last-minute adjustments to your look without needing to duck into the bathroom. You charge the straightener like you’d charge your phone, toss it in your bag, and be good to go.” Yes, it really is that easy to use.
Listen, we all know how life-saving dry shampoo is. And, during Mercury retrograde, it will absolutely come in handy for a number of scenarios. “For those of us who go against our better judgment and answer that text from an ex during Mercury retrograde, dry shampoo and a claw clip can pull your look together when you’re rushing right from your sneaky link’s house to brunch with the girls.” We’re calling it now, that will absolutely be a situation we find ourselves in… oops!
Like we mentioned above, doing something temporary to your hair during this period will fare better than committing to an actual change. This is why Lauren recommends Overtone’s temporary hair colors. “These pigmented conditioners are perfect for adding a pop of crazy color to your routine without frying your hair the way bleach might,” she says. “And yes, they make colors for dark hair too.”
Our mountain of silk scrunchies holds a special place in our hearts so it’s good to know we can count on them during this stressful time. Lauren shares that “you’ll want these on your side when you’re feeling like pulling out your hair in frustration.” Scrunchies, assemble!
“With four Mercury retrogrades this year instead of our usual three, we may feel like things are building up,” Lauren says. “Scalp scrubs are a great way to exfoliate product buildup from your scalp and start off fresh.” We see what you did there, Lauren, and we’re here for it. You can never go wrong with a scalp scrub. It’s also very likely you aren’t using them enough, so make 2022 the year you incorporate a scalp scrub more regularly into your routine.
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