25 Weird Historical Facts That Will Give You Serious Long Hair Envy.
Everyone has a relationship with hair. Some may choose to maintain a modest look by keeping it simple or shaving it off altogether. For others, it is a matter of pride, vanity, and even identity. Hair products are a multi-billion dollar industry, but the importance of our locks is not something new or recent. Locks have always played an important role in practically every society.
In both ancient and modern culture, men’s long manes have come to symbolize strength and vigor. For women, it is synonymous with femininity. Here are 24 interesting facts about hair.
#1. Women and their relationship with hair goes as far back as the beginning of time. The Bible describes a woman with an abundance of hair as being given "glory."
#2. The Nazirites from the Old Testament would let their hair grow as a devotion to God. Samson, a Nazirite, had his locks cut off by Delilah, his lover. Consequently, he lost his superhuman strength: a gift from God and tied to his hair.
#3. In the 11th century in Coventry, England, Lady Godiva rode naked on her horse covered only by her long hair. Her actions have come to be known as an act of liberty and beauty.
#4. The Mbalantu girls of southern Angola begin a hair ritual at the age of 12 where their hair is covered with tree bark. By the time they reach 16 years of age, long strands reaching the floor are applied with more fiber.
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#5. Dreadlocks have been around for thousands of years. Samson in the Old Testament has been described as having "seven locks," to which many interpret to be dreadlocks. In the Rastafarian religion, dreads personify a lion's mane from the Lion of Judah.
#6. Rastafari also believe hair holds physical and spiritual energy. To hold the highest level of energy, the hair is twisted into dreads.
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