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Religion: Check Out What Holy Bible Says About Women Braiding Their Hair

Hair braiding is an ancient art that its origin can be traced back to Egypt as far as 3500BC. Africans, especially ladies braided their hair in those days, in response to their classes, marital status, age grades and traditions.

The term “braided hair, or gold or pearls” refers to a hairstyle popular in Paul’s day. It was not speaking of simply braiding your hair. Women, in that time, would often immodestly braid their hair, weaving expensive jewelry into it.

However, despite the love most women have for braided hair, in Bible its seems to be a sin when it was done in an unrecommended manners.

Twice in the Bible, braided hair is seemingly spurned.

The following are the two places where Bible talk about braiding among the things related to it;

“Do not let your adorning be external, the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear”. (1 Peter 3:3–4).

"Women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire”. (1 Timothy 2:9).

When the apostle Paul wrote to the young preacher Timothy, he gave him several instructions about how certain groups of people ought to conduct themselves in public worship assemblies.

Paul's word (Modesty) basically entails all apparel that does not call undue attention to the wearer through show of flesh or through gaudiness. The type of apparel is defined by the phrase, “with propriety and moderation.”

Then, Paul described the converse of “modest” by mentioning three things that many first-century women were using to draw undue attention to themselves: braided hair, gold, and costly clothing.

In the culture of Ephesus, braided hair was a luxurious status symbol. In that era, it required much time and financial costs. This was the equivalent of modern hairstyles requiring significant time and cost. Those who put so much energy into hairstyles suggest that their emphasis is on themselves, rather than on worshiping God.

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