How to Wear your Hair for Church

How you dress and style your hair when going to church is a very contentious issue with some puritans decrying any beautification.


What the Bible Says:

There are two specific portions of the Bible which refer to personal attire. 1 Timothy 2:9-10 says “.. in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but which is proper for women professing godliness.”

1 Peter 3:3- 4 says, “Do not let your adornment be that outward adorning of arranging the hair, of wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, which the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

Looking at these passages, you would be inclined to think that women should not wear gold jewelry and should never braid their hair. But does the bible indeed forbade you from styling your hair? Most historians believe Paul was just trying to stress the need to be modest and not draw attention to oneself. He refers to braided hair, gold, and costly clothing to describe what needed to be avoided. During his time, that is the first century these three were the main reasons that drew the attention to the women.

Paul wanted women to stop trying to impress others with gaudy dresses and instead dress in that “which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.”

In essence, God does not forbid us from wearing our clothes and our hair in a modest, elegant manner.

How do you wear your hair:

Some churches expect women to cover their hair when attending service. So wearing a scarf or a shawl will be a good choice in such cases. You can also wear hair in a manner that does not offend the sensibilities of the congregation. You should avoid overly elaborate hairstyles that draw attention. Artificial coloring has to be avoided too.

Keep your hairstyle simple. You might want to wear a ponytail, or you can also put a clip in it. Leaving it all down too works. You can add some elegance to the hair by straightening it or putting a few waves in the hair. Some churches prohibit styles like side swept bangs, Egyptian Cleopatra look, spikes, curly strands and the list is endless. You should find a form that is suitable, dignified and not difficult to maintain. You should desist changing your style to the latest fad. The hairstyle should be attractive without drawing attention to yourself. Accessories to the hair should be simple and conservative.