EVER THOUGHT WHY WOMAN PREFER LONG HAIR AND WHY THERE’S SUCH A CONTROVERSY REGARDING YOUR BEAUTIFUL LOCKS? WELL, WE TOOK ONE FOR THE TEAM, AFTER HOURS OF SEARCHING WE FINALLY FOUND OUT THE SIGNIFICANCE OF OUR HAIR AND THE BIBLE.
I am a firm believer that hair can either make or break a person’s appearance and, I think there might be a reason for that. One morning I was having quiet time and came across a verse talking about the covering of women’s heads during prayer. At first, I was confused as I didn’t even know that was a thing. I always knew that some religions did that but wasn’t really sure why.
I started looking into it more and I wasn’t disappointed! God revealed so much to me, let me begin by saying that the following is what God revealed to me as a person and, not necessarily the way it is. Every person has their own convictions and revelations regarding a topic and I pray that God will talk to you individually regarding this topic.
When I first started searching for Bible verses regarding hair I noticed one big thing, God talks a lot about hair! Either to emphasize something or to make an example of someone. God also uses hair to show importance or separation. The list is so long we will sit here the whole day talking about all of the reasons behind hair but, one mane thing (see what I just did there) that can be said about hair in the Bible is the fact that, it is so important that God mentions a few times that He even knows the number of hair on your head.
Have you ever read a verse and thought “yeah I’ve got this, I know exactly what they are talking about” just to find out later “oh wait I missed that one completely!” I started reading the Bible in a different way, I start by opening my Bible and where ever my eyes fall first I read. Often, I’m confused with the verse, so I then go on to read the entire chapter. We forget that the Bible was written in a very different time compared to today, what doesn’t make sense to us now made sense back then. We should take into consideration the cultural background and the history that shaped the people of the Bible. I’m not saying that what’s written in the Bible isn’t applicable to us anymore because it is!
That is the beauty of the Bible, even if it was written hundreds of thousands of years ago it is still so relevant today. Getting back to our subject, the following Bible verse is what got me into this discussion in the first place: 1 Corinthians 11:15 – “but if a woman has long hair, it is her ornament and glory? For her long hair is given to her as a covering.” Now to me at that time the first thought that came up to me was that I’m not praying right, I need to cover my head when I pray and worship God.
Then I prayed about it and read the rest of the verse, the same part kept standing out to me: “For her long hair is given to her as a covering.” If you think about it long hair sort of looks like a veil so again, to me this was the answer I received, God gave women long hair to be a covering and to represent her glory and honour. If you feel convicted in your heart to cover your head while praying, then do so. I recently heard about a lady that felt like she should cover her hair, now she wears a covering over her hair every day. I went through a similar conviction of not wearing makeup every day. God talks to each of us in a different way, how beautiful is that? God values you as an individual that He would take the time to talk to your heart personally and in your own
1 Peter 3:1-6: “In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands [subordinate, not as inferior, but out of respect for the responsibilities entrusted to husbands and their accountability to God, and so partnering with them] so that even if some do not obey the word [of God], they may be won over [to Christ] without discussion by the godly lives of their wives, 2 when they see your modest and respectful behaviour [together with your devotion and appreciation—love your husband, encourage him, and enjoy him as a blessing from God]. 3Your adornment must not be merely external—with interweaving and elaborate knotting of the hair, and wearing gold jewellery, or [being superficially preoccupied with] dressing in expensive clothes; 4but let it be [the inner beauty of] the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, [one that is calm and self-controlled, not overanxious, but serene and spiritually mature] which is very precious in the sight of God. 5For in this way in former times the holy women, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands and adapting themselves to them;… [AMP]
All this verse is saying, that instead of making an idol of your appearance and putting on a show for people to admire you let your inner qualities speak for themselves. You should still take care of yourself and your beautiful locks but not in such a way that you become a spectacle.
Going back to our hair being our glory this was a revelation for me, prepare to be blown away! John 12:3: “Then Mary took a pound of very expensive perfume of pure nard, and she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” [AMP]
Mary took her “glory” (her hair) and washed the feet of Jesus (He is glorious) she basically showed Jesus that even though her hair is her glory and honour it still isn’t as glorious as He is. She lowered herself in every possible way to Jesus.
To sum it all up I think that women are supposed to have long hair as it’s a symbol of authority, honour and glory. The length of the hair I don’t think matters that much but, I came across a few studies saying that a woman’s hair should be long enough to cover her neck. So in short it shouldn’t be shorter than your shoulders.
Just for an added bonus, Judges 13:5: “5 For behold, you shall conceive and give birth to a son. No razor shall come upon his head, for the boy shall be a Nazirite [dedicated] to God from birth; and he shall begin to rescue Israel from the hands of the Philistines.” [AMP]
We all know the story of Samson with his long hair and, that from his mother’s womb he was a Nazirite. As you know when a Nazirite’s vows are finished they cut their hair. When Samson’s hair was cut he went through terrible things but in the end, he did kill all the Philistines, his vow was then completed. Without him knowing the will of God was still accomplished.