Men can't have long hair and women can't cut their hair.
This belief comes from 1
Does not nature itself teach you that
if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, but if a woman has
long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a
covering. (1 Cor 11:14-15)
There is more to the context, but this is the essence of the
issue. When teenage boys started growing long hair in the 1960's, this
verse was shouted from pulpits all over the nation. I was in my teens
at the time, and lemme tell ya, it got downright hostile. Walk by a
construction site, and you were guaranteed to be called "pansy,"
"faggot," or worse.
Corinth was a 1st-Century Sin City. It was the hub of trade, where East
met West and North met South. It was very prosperous and very immoral.
One of the main trades was prostitution. The female prostitutes were
identified by their short hair. This is why Paul wrote, "since it is
disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her
cover her head." (1 Cor 11:16) The disgrace was borne out of what the
prostitutes did. It was their call sign. In Rome, if a wife was caught
in adultery, part of her punishment was to have her hair hacked off. (Nothing happened to the men who partook of the sin.)
There were also male protitutes in Corinth. Want to guess what their
"call sign" was? Long hair! When Paul asks, "Doesn't even nature itself
teach you that long hair on a man is a disgrace?" he is not referring
to the natural world. If so, hair lengths would be evident in the
animal kingdom. Neither is he talking about God's nature, since God
directed long hair on a man who took a Nazarite vow. (Judges 13:5) The
only time Samson fell out of favor with God was when he lost his long
hair. (Judge 16:19, 20) The apostle was referring to 'culture.' Normal
men wore "short" hair—male prostitutes wore it long. Normal women wore
long hair—prostitutes did the opposite. They were contrary to what was
considered the norm, or what was natural.
A Christian woman doesn't need to wear a hat during church services. Unfortunately, many feel they are displeasing God
by not following this "command." Today, no one cares about men wearing long hair. Walk into any church
and you won't see women wearing hats, who are also (GASP!) wearing blue
jeans. God looks upon the heart, and fine clothes disguise the darkest