Hair lengths vary from person to person. As a man, I typically find that I feel a woman is more attractive or feminine if she has longer hair. Is there a biblical principle that suggests or demands long hair, or are we on our own here?
Doing a search for hair in the Bible– the first thing you find is goat’s hair! That’s followed by the hair in the levitical law– concerning leprosy. The first true instance of discussion of hair length is in Numbers.
Numbers 6:1 discusses what happens in the Nazarite vow. Either a man or woman could enter a Nazarite vow of separation. While in it, they were to let their hair grow out– not cut. When the time of separation was over, they were to shave it all off and offer it as an offering to God. Now, are we to believe that the person that was not in the vow is no longer a servant of God? Not by the way the passage refers to this person. In fact, if I remember right, Paul took a Nazarite vow upon coming to Jerusalem before he was captured. He came in with a shaved head. The most famous Nazarite was Samson, whose strength was attached to his vow. The hair was not the issue, though it seems to be.
2 Samuel 14:26 talks about Absalom and his long hair. He shaved his head every year, and it was 200 shekels in weight. It does say that Absalom was a good looking man, hair being a part of it. We all know what happened to Absalom because of his hair and a certain tree, but that’s beside the point.
The next section is 1 Corinthians 11 about coverings. It talks about nature and saying that a woman’s hair
is given as a covering and is her glory and that a bald head is to a person’s shame. In fact, this passage says that if her head is not covered, it should be shaved. This poses a problem to those that say that a woman’s hair is her covering. How can you say both her head should be covered (long hair) and if it’s not covered (long hair) it should be shaved? Are both acceptable?
There is a discussion of this topic in references to the United Pentacostal’s Dress code that I found interesting.
In conclusion, I believe a man’s hair and a woman’s hair should be like their clothing– easily identifiable as to the sex of the person. I believe long hair is a glory, and particularly to women.