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Women With Long Hair

I'm a new Christian, and I read in the Bible that women are supposed to have long hair. Being a black woman, my hair won't grow long. So I wear weaves. I don't want to wear them but it seems like having my God-given short hair makes me un-feminine. Advice?

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If you don't feel comfortable wearing a weave, then don't. You can wear a scarf.
---Colleen on 1/3/10

Please read
1 Corinthians 11:15-16

15But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
16But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.

& #8194, & #8194,/
1.tending to argument or strife, quarrelsome: a contentious crew.
---hope on 4/1/09

Before she died in 83 I heard my mother say, except for trimming the ends with a pair of scissors her hair had never been cut!!! This was not to comply with some church idea it was merely a different time. She was born in 1905.
---mima on 4/1/09

There is only one word to describe my feelings when an older woman cuts her glorious hair. SAD!
---Ron on 3/31/09

its not about having long hair
its about
not cutting it
shorn comes from the word shear
many ppl think shear means to cut real short
.... but...
let me ask you this
can you shear an inch or 2
shear just means
to cut
your hair is your glory for you
becuase it gives a covering
so remember its not about short or long
its just about
not cutting it :)
---debbie on 3/6/09

They make me think of middle aged disco pick up men who don't want to act their own age.
---obewan on 7/21/08

What a shame some of those disco pick up women just want to disco pick up their their poor tortured lives after going through hell and high water and the last thing their thinking about is some old foggy to send them back there again!

Hairstyles are not a contributing factor of women just wanting men.
---Carla3939 on 2/27/09

As an older woman, my hair does not grow like it used to, the thick and colr is changed from full to thin and blond to white. My husband said that since I cut it off short to manage it and look less scraggly, he hates it. Therefore, he left me for a younger woman. I am a Christian and he is not. What is funny is that he has no hair at all.
---Charli on 1/24/09

If you think god cares about hairstyles, or if a woman might look manly, you all really don't get it. Common sense please!
Be love.
Be love.
---frank_cos on 1/24/09

Having long hair is a crown of glory for women and it is a SHAME for men

difference between women who cut their hair short and women who cannot GROW hair PAST a certain length

if you are not CUTTING your hair short then don't fret over something God has not given you

but by all means STOP putting weaves in your hair!! these weigh down your hair at the roots causing long term negative effects as well as breakage
---Rhonda on 1/24/09

Long hair is simply hair that has not been cut. Long hair does not have any reference to length.
---me on 1/23/09

What verses do you think require a women to wear her hair long?
---Tonya on 12/18/08

The scripture reffered to is about the shorn women. these where prostitutes in greece. it is written to Greeks and not to Africans. African Long hair can grow up to 15 cm. and is really beautifull. the same chapter says that it is an insult for a man to pray with covered hair or long hair. Both where an honour to Jews, every jew since Moses(letter to hebrews)covers his haid whilst praying. the thorrah says that a man should let his hair and beard grow. deffenately Paul was confused, or he knew who He was talking to. Greeks that he tryed not to judaise
---Andy on 12/2/08

If you where your hair in it's natural state, you will have long hair, weaves pull the hair out and so do braids. If you stop getting relaxers and use natural oils your hair will grow down your back, for sure.
---Belita on 10/26/08

I don't think it matters as long as a woman does not look like a man. That is the only thing I find in the Bible except for a few verses that say a woman's hair is her crowning glory or something like that. I think older women do not look good with long hair anyway. When women get into their 50's and 60's they usually wear their hair short. I don't think older women look good with those radical mod short haircuts though. They make me think of middle aged disco pick up men who don't want to act their own age.
---obewan on 7/21/08

Dear friend,
Search the heart of God! Read his Word. Do a word study on being feminine. Having long hair is not the only thing that makes a woman feminine. True God loving femininty is knowing who you are in Christ! Now that's beautiful! I'm praying for you my friend!
---Kathy on 7/18/08

Dont worry about your hair dear..God knows your heart and He is the one who gave you your type of hair..I dont have any at all so I dont worry..Dont worry about what others say..if your hair dont grown any more, that is God's business..not mans..He knows why it doesnt grow long..
---operator on 4/22/08

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Lexi: You need to watch your choice of words and be more merciful toward others. I do agree with your statement somewhat. Black people have thick beautiful hair that grows like any other race. You just need to take better care of it and keep it trimmed along the edges. You can grow longer hair,it you try.
---Robyn on 4/21/08

Ebony, wear your hair however it makes you happy. God admires all creatures as He created them. Your hair doesn't grow long for good reason. Back in the day, the people who were blessed with shorter hair in relatively hotter climates survived better, just as people with longer hair could stand the cold. He made your biology perfect for you.
---Hermes on 4/21/08

One reason that hair is a women's glory because long, healthy hair indicates that you are living out the fruits of the spirit -love, joy, peace, etc. A woman who is stressed cannot grow long healthy hair. Maintaining a peaceful, loving, patience attitude allows your hair to grow to its fullest extent. How long it grows is entirely up to God. It's the "Thy will be done" way to wear your hair. I have no doubt that God sees you and your hair as beautiful at whatever length it grows.
---Barb on 3/7/08

What is in your heart is more important however, if the bible says we women's hair is our crowining glory and a cover, then just bear in mind, it didnt say dont cut it..or am I wrong..some women get head aches bcos of long heavy hair they cant wear
---Pam on 1/26/08

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I think we should look more on the inside of a person than the outside. What does it matter if a woman keeps her hair long or short? Is a woman not cutting her hair any less of a Christian than a woman who has short hair?
---Katie on 1/21/08

Socialital context people. What society was this written to? It is not a commandment.
---dan on 1/21/08

Firstly, anybody's opinion about how you should interpret, and apply a Biblical truth to your life, should (in general) take a back seat to how God Himself tells you it should apply. Secondly, these particular verses are very simply stated, and those who are able to follow its directive, and who DO NOT are not following God's will for their lives. Those women, who's hair is not physically capable of growing long, are not obligated, to even try to apply it to their lives. What could be simpler?
---Stephen on 1/21/08

I learned a LONG time ago that you should never judge a book by it's cover.
---sue on 1/4/08

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A woman's outward appearance should reflect her inward love for God. However, our outward appearance does not affect how our hearts are. Think about the delima about circumcision- the Jews believed that men had to be circumcised to be right with God. Yet, in the new covenant, we learn that circumcision does not affect a person's relationship with God. What's inside is truly the important thing. Of course, you also have to take into account the time that the Bible was written and the cultural beliefs.
---Lindsey on 1/3/08

The Bible says that you should not cut your hair. 1 Cor. 11:3-16 Some people cant grow long hair. Some can. When you read this you'll see that your hair is given you for a covering. It is your glory.
---donald on 12/31/07

Well, you may not believe this, but God actually told me to cut my hair. He said that it would look better. If I am lieing I am dieing.
---catherine on 12/31/07

WOW. Do people really and truly believe that if a woman cuts her hair that she is BAD? wow.
---sue on 12/28/07

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If your hair doesn't grow don't worry about there are white Lady's that there hair doesn't grow long either i have not cut my hair in 30 years it's just below my shoulder My grand daughters hair grows like wild fire my hair is like baby hair the lord know all about each one of and belive me he will not judge you for that
---Betty on 12/27/07

I agree with you Tabitha, hair does not not make the woman! I have long curly hair. I get comments like its a weave, it too much, strighten it, then it will look better. People will always find some thing to talk about.
---kathy on 12/27/07

I am a Qualified stylist of 15yrs and thats fine for you to say someone does not look after their hair and that's the reason it's not long. You have genetic's on your side and so not one to judge with just that as qualifications. My friend your hair is short for a no of reasons and although care is a small factor it's not the only one. Genetic's determine how long your hair grows and also what you use and do and put into it. Even then there's a possibility your hair is just short by nature.
---Carla5754 on 12/27/07

Melinda, 1 Cor 11:15 say that her hair is given for a covering. It is our glory! Why would anyone cut off any part of her own glory??? It causes us to have power- showing the power of obedience to the Word of God...does it attract angels? It will attract God's attention. Obedience always does.
Helen 5378, all the answers are found in the Bible. Women should have long hair- as a symbol of our marriage to Jesus. We are His bride.
---Diana on 12/26/07

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Melinda, 1 Cor 11:15 say that her hair is given for a covering. It is our glory! Why would anyone cut off any part of her own glory??? It causes us to have power- showing the power of obedience to the Word of God...does it attract angels? It will attract God's attention. Obedience always does.
Helen 5378, all the answers are found in the Bible. Women should have long hair- as a symbol of our marriage to Jesus. We are His bride.
---Diana on 12/26/07

I am 100% black and my hair touches my bra strap. The reason that you can't grow hair is not because you're black, its probably because (judging from the fact that you're ignorant enought to say something like that) you don't know how to take care of it.
---Lexi on 12/26/07

this Christmas i wanted to give a meaningful gift.
i went to the beauty salon and had my long hair - which i had not really had shortened to any degree in 35 yrs - CUT off !!

does this make me any less of a woman? i dont FEEL any less of a woman INSIDE altho the outside of me now looks like a man.
but i did this for a reason, and God knows my heart:

you see, i did this in honor of my step-daughter, who is dying of cancer, and has lost her hair to chemo 3 different times.
---diana on 12/22/07

for nearly 35 yrs i've had long hair. i wanted it that way since my mother wouldnt let me keep it long when i was young.

ive also been in many churches since my conversion at age 25. one minister told me, with angry eyes, "DONT EVER CUT YOUR HAIR!"

another man at church said, when he saw my hair, looking long, combed and clean, "Now I know why God says, 'a woman's hair is her glory." that was a nice compliment!
---diana on 12/22/07

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The rest of the verse says that if you don't have long hair you are supposed to COVER your head with something when you pray or prophesy (teach, correct, instruct, admonish, etc).

1 Cor 11
---Melinda on 9/23/07

Pual was writing to Christians in Greco - Roman surroundings.What was their custom? Woman with short hair were temple prostitutes and could be taken by any man, also was loose or short hair associated with ecstatic rituals in a number of worship practices of the pagans gods at the time. Woman with long hair meant that they were already taken (married woman), and could no be possessed by other man and were free for such practices. Long hair had the same meaning as a wedding ring.
---Yoshnu on 4/15/07

God doesn't make an unfeminine woman. She is the essence of feminism. A woman's hair is not what makes her feminine it is her spirit. Black women's hair will grow, you just have to take care of it properly.
---Tabitha on 4/12/07

Also, why would God make you inferior to someone else? Black poeple do not have inferior hair! If God gave it to you, it must be divine. No one else has hair like ours!! Jesus had hair like wool, hmph, sounds good to me! Besides, before you go trying to have log hair for God, read all ten commandments and follow those (completely) first. Most of us have a hard time being Christ-like in our day to day lives. That should be number one, not being concerned with hair!!!
---Tabitha on 4/12/07

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I don't have a pink wig, but I think I have a purple wig. I'll let my 5 year daughter put my make-up on. Who knows I may even look good.
---Rebecca_D on 4/10/07

AW c'mon Rebecca, 'do up' like Mimi and put your picture in your profile!
---NVBarbara on 4/8/07

Rebecca, the different hair is for exactly the same reason as all other differences between human beings. Adam and Eve had, within them, a huge gene pool. Some of their children would have inherited certain genes and others would have inherited other genes. They intermarried because there were no other human beings then and differences would become accentuated or diluted depending on the genes of the one with whom they created children.
---m.p.a. on 4/8/07

2.That is why human beings vary so much in height; skin tone; eye shape and colour; hair length, texture and colour; and all the other differences too numerous to mention.
---m.p.a. on 4/8/07

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I wear a little bit of make-up. I don't and won't go as far as looking like Mimi on Drew Carrey or Tammy Baker. Or have pink hair like Jan on TBN. I see nothing wrong with this, myself.
---Rebecca_D on 4/7/07

Women should lighten up a little, women often put a lot of [unnecessary] burdens on themselves. All a woman needs is to be clean & presentable, rather she has short,long, or no hair, young,middle aged, or senior, black,white,etc...A dab of perfume,a touch of lip color, [maybe] an accessory or two...this is the way it was with my Mom, simple. What I'm trying to say is, we shouldn't make things so complicated, life is too short. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 4/7/07

(Proverbs 31:30). God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 4/7/07

I've always wondered why a colored person's (black person) hair is corse and a non-colored (white) person's hair isn't. It doesn't make sense to me. We all came from God, we are all equal in God's eyes. So why should the hair be different in being corse?
---Rebecca_D on 4/7/07

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Lorra is right, your hair is your crowning glory NO matter what length!
I wear my hair long because I like it that way and its easy to keep. It does not make me anymore spiritual!
---NVBarbara on 4/7/07

A Christian woman does not have to have long hair. Don't know where you read that. In Christ there is freedom to be you. Short, long, inbetween, Jesus loves you just as you are. Ask Jesus how He would like you to have your hair!
---Helen_5378 on 4/7/07

Don worry about your hair if your hair doesn't grow the Lord knows that I have a black friend at church that her hair does not grow.
---Betty on 4/7/07

Ebony, I have a picture posted of me two and a half years ago with my hair length to my shoulders. I have posted a recent photo of me with my hair as it is now. You can see for yourself how good God is. The photo should be posted later tonight, or by tomorrow morning.
---chris on 4/6/07

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Chris, lol. Many African sisters have [naturally]long hair,some prefer short or even bald styles,Once again, different types of hair need specific care.I personally don't care much for long hair,I like short to medium length,it's easier to [maintain]& not as cumbersome,spending an hour or more on hair daily,just isn't my style at all. My older sister has 2 daughters, their hair grows like weeds, very long,YIKES! I prefer boys, lol, just kidding,I have one girl(3 yrs.old)& one boy(6 yrs.old),BTW.God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 4/6/07

"My hair is bipolar but that's ok!"

--LOL, Nana! God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 4/6/07

Poor woman, I would say get you a wig, but really I don't have any advice for you. Please forgive me, but I'm laughing.
---catherine on 4/6/07

Nana. HA HA HA HA you made my day!
---Carla5754 on 4/6/07

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I need help. Could someone give me scriptures in the bible where it says that a black womans ancestary has God-given short hair? I would like to read those scriptures and study them. Thanks
---Chris on 4/6/07

1. m.p.a,

If it were a problem for me to have long hair, and God knew I desired to have long hair, and I read in his word that by natures standard a "WOMANS"... not black, white, asian, hispanic, BUT "A WOMANS" long hair is a glory to her...
---chis on 4/6/07

2. and I chose to believe HIS word, and pray, go by faith and BELIEVE that he could allow my hair to grow long (which he has), Why wouldn't you be happy for me and praise God for what he has done for me? Why would you even dare try and rebuke me for trying to encourage someone and testify to the goodness of God and what he can do? Why?
---Chris on 4/6/07

4. By the way, I am speaking for myself. I am aware not everyone wants long hair, not everyone wears weaves. BUT I SURE DID, AND I DON'T ANYMORE! Hallelujah!

Now, if you don't believe that God can do all things, such as grow a little ol black womans hair long...then, that's between you and him. As for me, I do and will continue to.

AND with that note, I am going to post a photo of me in the penpal section, so you can see the glory that God has placed on my head! Hallelujah! chria9758
---Chris on 4/6/07

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A. One more thing m.p.a., When God revealed to me through his word, "does not nature teach that a womans long hair is her glory and given to her as a covering" I had absolutely no idea, that God could allow my hair to grow. But when I read his word in the bible, I took it for what it said, and believed.
---Chris on 4/6/07

B. Now, I was not investigating long hair, I was investigating the previous verses in the chapter pertaining to a women praying to God without a covering. I just happen to run across the latter verses in the chapter.

When I read, I believed, and God blessed me for my faith. We can not please God without faith.
---Chris on 4/6/07

C. I am aware of the IF in 1 Cor.11:15. But IF a woman have long hair, IT IS a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. Despite the IF, I believed that God could make my hair grow, he did, and therefore (like Gods words says) IT IS a glory to me.

It does not make me anymore righteouss than someone else who is saved who has short, dark, blond, curly, or straight hair, but it sure did build my faith in God, and has given me a testimoney to help others..& it has. All glory be to God.
---Chris on 4/6/07

C. I am aware of the IF in 1 Cor.11:15. But IF a woman have long hair, IT IS a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. Despite the IF, I believed that God could make my hair grow, he did, and therefore (like Gods words says) IT IS a glory to me.
---Chris on 4/6/07

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D. My long hair does not make me anymore rightoues than someone else who is saved, who has short, dark, blond, curly, or straight hair, but it sure did build my faith in God, and has given me a testimoney to help others...& it has. All glory be to God.
---chris on 4/6/07

My hair is bipolar but that's ok! The three of us have grown
to love one another, haha! If I go to sleep without putting my
usual V05 Blue and Gel, I'll wake up with "permanent-press"
hair that look like Don King's. And there is no easy way to
take it down either. Don't worry about the "covering" bit, for
when it was found that we were naked, God made us some
way cool stilish skins!
---Nana on 4/6/07

I have a friend who has a disease which does not allow hair to grow on her head at all. Does this make her any less Godly? Of course not! Your hair does not make you Godly!
---Susie on 4/5/07

Chris, if, because of your ancestry, you were born with short hair, why would you think it right to pray for long hair? God made races with different features, eyes, skin colour, hair type, height etc. Should we pray for a change in hair colour or to be 3 inches taller. God didn't get it wrong. We are the way HE made us.
---m.p.a. on 4/5/07

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Ebony, if you have faith that God can do all things, believe me he can make your hair grow long. That's no joke. I am also black and half Navajo, it was very difficult for my hair to grow, but God did it! yes he did!
---chris on 4/3/07

Ebony ... Some here seem to have mistaken your quewstion as showing that you have vanity, whereas you are concerned because you've been told your natural hair does not fit in with scriptural requirements, and you are concerned about that.
God does NOT judge physical appearance, and you can't change your natural hair length. Don't worry about it
---alan_of_UK on 4/2/07

Ebeony, I hope you can understand what I was trying to say. My message is posted out of order. God bless.
---Chris on 4/1/07

Ebony....Concentrate on the woman you are within and the woman you are in Christ instead of your hair length. Sometimes when we are first Christians or coming back to the Lord after years of being gone, we want to overcompensate. You don't have to do anything physical. It is all spiritual. My hair is short by choice and it doesn't make me un-feminine at all. God knows we are women. He doesn't need our hair length to tell him that.
---Susie on 4/1/07

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(1.)Ebony, There are different types of hair, and they need different types of care. People in my family have all kinds of hair, kinky, curly, straight, wavy, as the result of our mixed ethnic background. We never say one type of hair is better than another, only be happy you [have] hair, and work with what you got.
---Mrs._Morgan on 4/1/07

Your hair is your crowning glory, regardless of its natural length. The Bible was more concerned with women shaving their heads or deliberately cutting their hair to look like men. Some early Christians were from Ethiopia and other African locations. These women would have had hair like yours and would still have been beautiful in God's eyes.
---lorra8574 on 4/1/07

(2.)Ebony, There are pluses and minuses to ALL kinds of hair. If you want to grow your hair long,Read the Book "Good Hair" by Lonnice Brittenum Bonner, this book shows that "Good Hair" is hair that is cared for [properly] according to it's special type & needs.

Also in terms of the Bible, people often take the hair issue out of context, please don't worry about that. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 4/1/07

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