By now, you are probably all too familiar with Mercury retrograde. You know how to expect texts from exes, technology to go wrong, and most things usually don’t go as planned. Unfortunately, Mercury is not the only planet to retrograde. That’s right, just about every planet in our solar system seems to go backwards throughout the year. While we are done with Mercury retrogrades for the year, we close 2021 with a Venus retrograde.
The planet of love and beauty retrograde in the sign of Capricorn on Sunday December 19 and will remain so until January 29, 2022. Fasten your seatbelts, the race is going to be bumpy. And because this planet rules all things love, beauty, and attraction, you’ll want to avoid drastic hair changes during this time. Put down the scissors, step away from the dye box, and cancel any unnecessary beauty appointments for the next 40 days or so.
Don’t just take our word for it, expert astrologers also advise against noticeable changes in your appearance. We spoke with a famous astrologer Lauren Ash of Lunar and lilac astrology, with astrology professor and famous astrologer Lina (otherwise called @astrolinaaa on TikTok). Find out why you should delay updating your appearance during Venus Downgrade, when it’s safe to get that new hairstyle you’ve been thinking about, and so much more on this astrological event below!
Why should we avoid making drastic hair changes during Venus retrograde?
As mentioned, Venus rules over love, beauty, romance, etc. Changing our appearance when it goes backslash is not the best idea. This is because we are probably not thinking as clearly as we should be, and we are not feeling the best. Lauren explains that “When a planet goes retrograde, it can skew our perception of which area of life that planet has an influence on. Venus retrogrades are known to distort our self-esteem or upset our love life. It can lead to impulsive beauty decisions that we might later regret. “
Lina echoes this point and notes that it’s important not to make any other drastic changes. They share that it means “no haircuts, no filler, no breakups or new relationships, and no big buys, as the energy of Venus is not fully expressed.”
This is generally what is advised for most Venus retrogrades, not just the one that occurs within a few days. Hold on to any impulsive, long-term beauty decision for now. Trust these astrologers, they to know what are they talking about.
What if someone has already scheduled a salon visit?
Not all of us plan our lives around major astrological events. Some of you have probably just learned that Venus is even going retrograde. If you’ve already made an appointment at the salon, don’t cancel it right away. You may still be able to do it. Lauren shares that “general cuts, color maintenance, or pre-planned changes can be safely explored during Venus’ demotion.” However, she points out that we will all feel quite impulsive. “What you’ll want to avoid is making a last minute appointment with your stylist because your ex posted a photo of his new girlfriend on The Gram,” she shares.
Lina shares that retrograde Venus can be an inspiring time for hairdressers. “There are hairdressers who find themselves even more talented when Venus is retrograde,” they note. “Some are discovering new techniques and getting creative in the way they use their Venusian energy. “
The lesson here is that the general maintenance of the hair is absolutely fine. But a complete makeover isn’t. It might seem like the best thing to do, but once Venus gets direct you might end up hating what you’ve done. Save yourself before it’s too late.
Which signs will have the most difficulty avoiding drastic hair changes?
Not all signs will feel the effects of Venus retrograde as strongly as others. Lina mentions paying attention to the ascents of Capricorn, like Kylie Jenner. “Venus will be coming out in her first physical-looking house until the beginning of March, so they’ll probably feel the urge the most,” she said.
However, it is not just the ascents of Capricorn that will feel this demotion. Lauren shares that “the signs ruled by Venus, Taurus and Libra will feel particularly anxious to change things and feel the need to reinvent their image during this time.” While not a bad idea in and of itself, it won’t be the best idea. What’s more, the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) “may even feel pushed out of their comfort zone.” Lauren notes that this “might make them adopt a crazy hair color in order to feel in control of something again.” But don’t do it. Instead, tackle these issues head-on. Drastic new action is only a temporary solution to a long-term problem.
When is the last date someone can make a drastic hair change before the Venus retrograde begins?
You still have some time to make some crazy changes to your appearance before Venus’s demotion to Capricorn begins. We are currently in the shadow period and have been since November 17 of this year. “If you’re the very careful type, you’ll want to avoid making any changes,” Lauren says. “However, if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, or you’ve been planning this change for a while, it’s safe to change things until December 19.”
And when is it safe to change hair after Venus retrograde is over?
Once Venus drops straight into Capricorn on January 29, 2022, you should be completely clear about making the drastic hair changes you’ve been thinking of. Lauren and Lina advise waiting until the end of the shadow period just to be safe. This means you should wait until March 1, 2022 to make those dramatic hair changes you’ve been thinking of. Do whatever you want with this information.