Sometimes a blogger can give the impression that they have all the answers. When they really don’t. I’m a person who loves to study and research and I hope I haven’t given this impression of “knowing-it-all” to you. For there are topics I truly don’t know the answers to as I’m still learning!
So every other Wednesday or so we’re going to take a question from one of you readers and put it up here for debate. It will not be something that I believe is clearly dictated and commanded in the Bible, but something that is a little more vague and open to discussion.
The question for today came from an anonymous reader:
My answer: Personally, I was taught that long hair is the glory of us women, and short hair is a shame — as I Corinthians 11 tells us. However, it doesn’t strictly say a woman should not trim her hair, keeping it even, kempt, and to a manageable length.
I have always had incredibly thick hair, until I started having babies and it would fall out after a birth. But it still grew back in thick enough that I would begin to get headaches and neckaches from the all that weight piled on my head. So I have my husband occasionally trim and thin it so that I do not have to pop so many Tylenol!
I love my hair down to my waist. It makes me feel like a beautiful, desirable woman. To me, it would be very shameful were someone to cut it off at the neck.
And as an extra bit of info, if you are a Mennonite/Plain gal who also has thick hair and wears it up, I have a tip for you. I’ve found that if I do my hair in a double bun, I can go longer between trimmings before getting headaches. Sometime I will post a tutorial on here of how to make a double bun.
All that to say that I feel we should keep it long, but that trimming or thinning it for manageable reasons is okay. Were God to have commanded that we not cut it at all, I would think differently. But in these verses it only associates a great deal of shame with shorn or shaven hair — which implies very short hair. However, maybe I’m missing a verse somewhere, so be sure to let me know!
Your answers: This reader wanted to know what you all think as well, so we’d love if you’d comment below. I removed the captcha code so it makes it easier for you to comment. And you don’t have to be a Blogger member either — just plain ole you! For those of you receiving this in your email inbox, click on the title and it will bring you to this post on the blog where you can give us your opinion.
If you have a question you would like to see discussed in the future, please email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will need many more! And if we can’t get any, I have many in my head which need some answers to.