The Phrase A Woman’s Hair Is Her Crown And Glory Has Biblical Roots


Have you ever wondered where the phrase “A woman’s hair is her crown and glory” comes from? Apart from the fact that I agree with the statement based on my own feelings toward my hair, there are biblical roots to the phrase that many of us forget.

If you are a Christian then you may have noticed the verse from first Corinthians:

 1 Corinthians 11:15
But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

That verse has been open to a lot of differing interpretations from women believing that only long hair is glory to the woman who has it. However other opinions state that it simply means that if you have long hair then it is “Glory to you”.

Then there is this verse:

Proverbs 16:31

“The hoary [gray] head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.”

And my personal favourite:

Song of Solomon 5:11
His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.

I am particularly partial to this one because the description fits my hair perfectly, bushy, cottony and black as a raven!

There is one more hair reference, one which when I was a child I always made a point to remember because it meant I was safe even when I was scared.

Luke 12:7
But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

To this day when things get tough I recite that verse in my head and it immediately helps to soothe my mind. The point is there is a ton of value to that phrase more than you or I even attached to it.

When you care for your hair and style it, you aren’t being excessive or self-absorbed, you are only showing appreciation to a very significant part of you, the part of you that is your Crown and your Glory.


  1. When you’re talking about alopecia, hair damage, avoiding scalp disorders, fast hair growth, hair and scalp care generally, very similar rules apply.

    • My comment doesn’t have anything to do with hair; but it does contain a comment about whose body is whose. Neither of you control the others body. Your body belongs to God. You as a Pastor should know that. And God has the right to do what He wants with us . God is our Father and we are His Children. He has the control, He’s in charge

  2. Whatever God blesses you with…be it long or short or no hair…it’s a blessing. Doesn’t matter. If your a female just make sure it’s feminine in style. If your a man make sure it’s masculine in style.
    The verse right before the one talking about it being a glory for a women having long hair;speaks the opposite for men’s hair saying long hair on a man is shameful. Men should wear that which pertains to a man and women should wear that which pertains to a woman. I’m guessing this applies towards how your wear your hair also.
    Glad I’m not the only one who was thinking this verse about a woman’s glory being her hair was taken out of context .


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