Testimony Tuesday: Should Christians Wear Purple Hair?

Should Christians participate in certain trends?


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WHAT I’M WEARING:

Tunic: c/o Brooks Brothers (size 4)Denim: J. Crew (size 27) ; Sandals:  c/o Brooks BrothersBag: J. McLaughlin (old; try this) ; Watch: c/o Michele Watches

On Saturday, I had brunch with my intern (yes I have one of those 🙂 and she asked me if it was wrong for Christian women to wear purple hair. You might be thinking this is a weird question for an intern to ask, but our working relationship is quite comprehensive. She convinced me to write a blog post about our discussion because she felt my response was nothing she’s ever heard before.

Is it wrong for Christian Women to wear purple hair?

I’d like to think this question could either be answered with a simple “yes” or “no” but the truth is it cannot. To give you a historical background of her question, she told me that a minister in her church confronted a young lady about her purple wig, advising her that it wasn’t becoming of a Christian woman to wear purple hair. My intern felt his response/reaction was uncalled for, considering the woman wasn’t sinning or causing any problems in the church.

I think my intern has a point. But I’d also like to cut the minister some slack.I’m sure his intentions were pure, but his delivery was inappropriate.

In my opinion, there really isn’t anything wrong with wearing purple hair, or blue hair, or green hair. And it should definitely be tolerated  if “fan looking” eyelashes, pounds of makeup, and 24 oz hair bundles are tolerated in the same church. People shouldn’t have the opportunity to pick and choose what trends to be infuriated about. If purple hair on Christians ruffles your feathers, so should artificial over-sized afros, and 100- inch long razor sharp nails, skin-tight clothing and anything else that causes attention to the person participating in the trend.

If we are to dig deeper into the things of God, we’d probably use more wisdom and discretion when participating in worldly trends. Our chief end should always be to glorify God. The moment we try to glorify ourselves is when we miss the mark. Purple hair is certainly a conversation starter. It can cause unwarranted attention to the person, and have people discuss everything but Jesus. So from a Christian standpoint, I could see why one would advise you to avoid it. Remember the scriptures call for us to be modest in all that we do:

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 1 Timothy 2: 8-10

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 

Part of the reason I don’t discuss modesty often is because it can become a slippery slope. All of the scriptures (and there are quite a few) that discuss modesty need a great deal of help from the Holy Spirit to understand. For example, the verses in 1 Timothy 2: 8-10 can appear to speak against hair braiding. So if you’re not using divine wisdom, you can easily step on quite a few [African women] toes when explaining it. The same with wearing expensive clothes. The Bible appears to speak against wearing costly apparel. Yet we never really hear anyone up in arms about wearing Gucci shoes, do we?

In the end, the final question will remain, “Does this glorify God or does it glorify me?”

Christians- sound off in the comments below. I’m really curious as to your thoughts. Lets have a discussion!

2 Comments

  1. Veronique
    June 6, 2018 / 12:30 am

    Hello Christina,

    I really love your testimonies Tuesdays, thank you fir them 🙂

    I agree that there is no black or white answer to it given that modesty could be such a relative concept. I have been to churches where the wear of colorful outfits was frown upon as it was said to be disruptive… I was recently approached by a church elders who disapproved of my wearing jewelry ( allow me to point that I usually have a watch, discreet earrings and maybe a necklace…) as it was not modest for me to do so.

    I am giving all those examples to say that I believe it to be between Your father and yourself. He who knows your heart knows your intentions behind having purple hair. There is of course a line one should not cross ( spandex attire at church or handkerchief skirts for example are just WRONG ) and rely on discernment when being out in the world.

  2. Anreka Gordon
    June 6, 2018 / 10:58 am

    Wow, that’s so crazy you blogged about this. I literally was faced with this same question back in 2014, earlier in my walk with Christ. I saw a girl on IG with blue senagalese twists and fell in love with her hair! I tagged my best friend and was like I’m def getting this. Then she wrote back pretty much questioning my decision to do so and not agreeing. I was so confused and quite annoyed, she totally shut down my hype lol. In my mind I was just like whatever, she’s being extra there’s nothing wrong with it and I’m getting it, but the conviction I was feeling wouldn’t go away. It was in that season that I had to be real and ask myself the WHY I wanted colored hair. The Lord had me on a modesty journey and was teaching me to honor Him with my life and my body and the importance of dressing to frame my face not my body. So, during this time God showed me that my hair is apart of my body. When I step out into the world my objective should be for people to see Christ, not me. And blue hair was certainly going to put me in the spotlight. I wouldn’t be able to provide a direct explanation of how my colored hair gives glory to God, and if that connection doesn’t exist then I probably don’t need to do it. One of my favorite scriptures is 1 Cor 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. We are free to do WHATEVER we want, but will those things edify and build us in our walk with Jesus and bring us closer to our goal of being like Christ? Not only with hair, but everything we engage in: fashion, beauty, entertainment, etc.

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