Bible Question:

Is it wrong for a male to wear long hair, braids, or dreadlocks?

Bible Answer:

The answer to a previous question, “What does God say about men wearing earrings?” applies directly to your question. You may want to read it before you proceed.

Can Men Have Long Hair?

In an answer to a previous question we found that scripture prohibits men from looking like women and women from looking like men. This principle is applied to any practice that blurs the appearance of the sexes. For example, scripture says men can have long hair so long as it is not as long as women’s hair. Today most women wear their hair just above the shoulder. If we apply both principles together, they would indicate that men should keep their hair shorter than “just above the shoulder.” As culture changes, men and women need to avoid looking like the opposite sex. That is God’s principle! The priests were commanded to not shave their hair nor to grow their hair too long.

They must not shave their heads or let their hair grow long, but they are to keep the hair of their heads trimmed. Ezekiel 44:20 (NASB)

We are not sure what is meant by “grow long.” From 1 Corinthians 11:14-15, it appears that women had the longer hair.


The principle in scripture is that men and women should avoid looking like one another. What a man and woman can wear will change as the culture changes.

Suggested Links:

Is it wrong for Christians to cut their hair?
What does God say about men wearing earrings?