Thai superstition – Why no haircuts on Wednesday?

Sawatdee ka,

Have you ever heard that it is unlucky to get a haircut on a Wednesday in Thailand? Most hair salons are closed or the hairdressers get a day off every Wednesday.

I have read a cause of this superstition, in the ancient times people believed that Wednesday was the day of growth and development, it was also considered auspicious time. The members of royal family and noble men prefered to have a haircut on Wednesdays, therefore there was a rule to prohibit common people to have a haircut in the same day. It was consider inauspicious event to do the same activity in the same day as if you tried to compare your prestige to the royal family.

Another cause I was told is in the old time the hairdressers were brought to the palace to do the haircut for the members of royal family on Wednesdays. It took a very long time to do one haircut because it had to be done with extreme precision, so the hairdressers were not available for common people during Wednesdays.

The last reason I found is in the past the hairdressers were freelancers. Each hair salon had only one hairdresser, and they needed to take a day off every week . Since Wednesday is in the middle of the week, most people were busy trying to get their work done before Friday, so there were less customers on Wednesday. That is why most hairdressers chose to take a day off then.

Click here to learn “10 Common Thai superstitions” .

 

Do you have a similar superstition in your country?

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Mod

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13 Responses to Thai superstition – Why no haircuts on Wednesday?

  1. Keith 20/05/2012 at 03:45 #

    ผมไม่รู้ว่าถ้ายังจริงครับ แต่ผมได้ยินว่า ทุก ๆ วันพุธ หมอเคยก็จะหยุดงานเพื่อเล่นกอล์ฟ

    • Mod 20/05/2012 at 10:56 #

      หมอที่ประเทศอะไรคะคุณคีธ

      ป.ล. “ผมไม่รู้ว่าจริงรึเปล่า” หรือ “ผมไม่รู้ว่าจริงมั้ย” นะคะ :)

  2. Keith 21/05/2012 at 03:15 #

    ขอโทษครับ หมอที่ประเทศอเมริกา ผมไม่ทราบถ้าหมอที่นี่นิยมเล่นกอล์ฟเหมือนเมื่อก่อนรึเปล่า ขอบคุณมากครับคุณครูทีแก้ไขไวยากรณ์ของผม :-)

  3. lidya 21/05/2012 at 09:06 #

    Sawasdeeka K’Mod :
    Hello ! this is cool and i never know Thai don’t cut hair on Wednesday :)
    In Taiwan we have similar superstition — we don’t like to cut nails in the night , becuz we believe if we do this in the night , our parents will die more earlier .
    And i have learned a lot things about Thai from your website , Kop kun ka !

  4. calvin 21/05/2012 at 19:16 #

    In Portugal – and other places I suppose – there’s the idea that the phase of the จันทร์ will influence in hair growth speed.

    I have no idea if anyone ever tried to prove/disprove this with any scientific data.

    There’s plenty of superstitions about จันทร์

  5. Tony 23/05/2012 at 21:41 #

    In America, many Dentist offices are closed because the Jews like to go and Golf :) really

  6. Lance Rosen 23/05/2012 at 23:53 #

    Sawatdee krap, Kru Mod. Yes, we do have similar superstitions in USA. We always avoid having cosmetic surgery on Mondays, for the same reason that we never buy a car made on a Monday. Many Americans “blow themselves out” partying on weekends or whatever they do. so their work performance on Mondays tends to be sloppy. Who wants to have their nose shortened by a Doctor who is hungover? I don’t know if that counts as a superstition. :)

  7. sexybangkok 12/09/2012 at 11:38 #

    in Italy the salon shop have a day off on monday… for this one the people cannot have a new hair style on monday!

  8. Ray 12/09/2012 at 12:58 #

    In Malaysia all the working people will be wearing blue color on every Monday because they called that day as “Monday Blue”

  9. with held 12/09/2012 at 17:49 #

    Pizza shops are closed on Monday in Australia
    . I do not k now why. They all do it. I think it is an Italian superstition as all Pizza shops are owned by Italians?

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