A recent article in Allure about women who keep their hair long for spiritual reasons turned to Susan Niditch, religion professor at Amherst College, for some context on the roots of faith-based hair practices.
“Hair is a common means of cultural expression because it offers such an easy way for people to advertise their identity and make a statement,” said Niditch. “We may not all wear the same clothes, but we all have hair. Uncut hair can suggest an embodied immersion into nature, which is so often intertwined with concepts of spirituality.”
The magazine spoke with women who keep their hair unshorn following Native American, Rastafarian, and Sikh traditions.