Long Hair In the Bible And Dreadlocks

What is said about long hair in the bible being Dreadlocks and does the YHWH support Dreadlocks as a holy hair style. Today having Dreadlocks represents spirituality, this hair style has been made popular world wide mainly by the Jamaicans and the Rastafarian movement. Other names for this hair style are locks, a ras, dreads, or Jatayein (Hindi).

Some even claim that dreadlocks parallel the story in the scriptures associated with Samsom who grew his hair and organised it into 7 long locks (which I actually agree with). Dread locks actually date back much further than the 20th century, which is when they became the most popular by the Rastafarian movement.

Evidence of historic relics found in East Africa, in places such as Egypt, Tanzania, but to name a few have been found which show resemblance to the hair style currently being called dreadlocks.

Dreadlocks are basically hair which is left to grow by itself with out a comb or razor ever touching it. The hair will naturally become twisted together and tangled as it does so.


The questions is does the long hair in the bible mentioned in regards to Samson have anything to do with Dreadlocks.


NOTE: The point here is not to demonize dread locks, as many might think. This is not the point, the point is whether having dreadlocks AUTOMATICALLY qualifies for the Nazarite vow spoken of in the scriptures.

There is no doubt to me that Dreadlocks can be grown as a hairstyle, but to give them a spiritual attachment that has something to do with the bible, even though no vow has been made is unbiblical.

First we should look at the vow of the Nazarite concerning the the long hair in the bible that is grown.

Numbers 6:2-10

2Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD:

3He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.

4All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk.

5All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.

6All the days that he separateth himself unto the LORD he shall come at no dead body.

As we read the above verses we see quite clearly what is involved, in regards to growing of the hair as a Nazarite:

First thing to note is that this spiritual activity is a vow which lasts a certain amount of time.

There are also conditions when making the vow, such as abstaining from Strong drink, today called alcohol and even abstaining from any drink that contains grapes and grapes themselves.

The person taking the vow is also not permitted to cut their hair, while the vow is happening. A person under the Nazarite vow is also not permitted to touch any dead bodies during the vow.

If we look at the above requirements for a vow as Nazrarite we can contrast them with dreadlocks.

The first thing to look at is the actual history of Dreadlocks and how it came to be accepted in the Rastafarian movement.

Brief History

The Rastafarian movement claims to be start by Marcus Garvey in the 1920’s with the ‘Back to Africa movement’. It is claimed that Marcus Garvey prophesied that a king would come out of Africa, to lead the people of Jamaica. This king is said to be Ethiopia’s king, Haile Selassie, who is the only person Marcus Garvey is second too.

It is important to understand that the Rastafarian movement Recognize the Messiah to just be one of the prophets (not the son of YHWH), just as other faiths tend to recognize the Messiah and their different prophets, that they see above him.

This should immediate ring alarm bells because the Messiah said

John 14:6

6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Which is a requirement of following YHWH (God).

This being said, it has to be said that the customary dreadlocks took their development from Indians who were enslaved and brought to Jamaica.

For more interesting claims about the Rastafarian religion you can go to http://www.rasta-man.co.uk/religion.htm.

If this is not enough evidence that Dreadlocks are in no way associated to the scriptures or the bible lets look at what the Scriptures have to say about the locks that Samsom had in his hair and whether or not they are Dreadlocks.

Somethings To Think About

Although the vow of the Nazarite does say that no razor should touch the head of the person making this vow, it says nothing about not combing the hair, although this may be presumed by some (Not me).

Let’s look at the scriptures

Numbers 6:5

….. and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.”

If we look at the hebrew for the word “locks”, we see the meaning as untidy hair, which is Strongs 6545



From H6544; the hair (as dishevelled): – locks.

There is no reason to presume that this alluded to not combing the hair, although it does say the hair might be untidy.

What can be said, though, is that if a person has undertaken a vow of the Nazarite, it would have been forbidden to comb your hair, because this would definitely have been equivalent to cutting the hair “…there shall no razor come upon his head“, Because as we all know when we comb or brush our hair, some hair comes out.


The most important thing to take from this, is that Dreadlocks are generally not grown with respect and inspiration coming from the Scriptures, but rather as a tradition taken from a people notably Asians who had a custom which involved growing their hair.

I hope this has been a help to somebody, If you have Dreadlocks and you intend to walk with the Messiah it is advisable to cut them. If after this you would like to grow your hair as a Nazarite, by all means do this. It will require you to re-frame from strong drink. But it would be dishonest, to automatically equate having Dreadlocks to the vow of the Nazarite.

There is nothing wrong with Growing Dread Locks, (and Solomon did have Dreadlocks), but claiming they were grown for YHWH, when they were not is not not truthful. Also if you have dreadlocks that have been grown just as a hair style this is fine.

Remember for your dreadlocks to be a dedication to YHWH, his laws have to be kept.


23 Responses to “Long Hair In the Bible And Dreadlocks”

  1. dustin says:

    to walk with YAWEH I and I dont have to shave I locks. stop it!!!

    • admin says:

      Stop it? Stop what? Following YHWH (the most high) is a serious matter. I am pointing out what the scriptures say, there is no command to have “unclean” hair, (yes I know dreds can be washed).

      Just commonly thinking, this should be apparent to you. When we fast we are to wash as normal, all evidence in the scriptures, shows no evidence of “dreds”.

      Dreds are a tradition practised by African (Hamitic) and Asian Indian people, so it is not a dedication to YHWH at all. Shalom (If you cut your hair it will grow!)

  2. earthell says:

    I don’t believe you have proved that dreadlocks are not spiritual. you’re saying that people who have dreads identify with the Rastafarian movement.

    I had never heard of them until now. So, I KNOW I don’t follow their belief are unbelief about Jesus.

    Why have you discounted Sampson in the scriptures. You simply mention him in passing. He was on earth well before 1920.

    Everyone knows that evil will try to imitate good. Just because the Rastafarian movement took something good and removed God from it, doesn’t mean the former (original) is demolished.

    So, I believe people can wear dreads like Sampson did, which caused him to be strong. That’s who I identify with, with my dreads. Not the Rastafarian movement that I never heard of before.

    God was here first. Lucifer wanted what God had. Does that mean you now follow Satan because he thinks he is God. I don’t. I still follow the true and living God.

    • Ikedi says:

      The definition of worshiping Satan in the bible is to follow the wrong Spirit, which means his commandments… In the scriptures there is no way to prove that leaving your hair to grow without combing it is in the scriptures.

      1 John 4:1

      Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

      Simply stating the obvious and saying God was here first doesn’t mean that he inspires men to do everything they do….

      I’m using the Scriptures to prove points here, not opinion or feeling. If you can find scriptures to disprove what I have said show me? if not hold your peace and take the correction. You should also note that a Nazarite vow in the scriptures would be a vow for a specific amount of time and that various other conditions would apply.

  3. zo says:

    The Bible says come as you are. Dreads, braids, haircut whatever. If u believe that christ died and rose for ur sins then ur that is what counts not ur selective snippets of bible verses to convey your point. I hate when people try to interpret the bible into what they want it to mean u can’t do that u just read it and try to be as christ like as possible.

    • Ikedi says:

      Where does the bible say come as you are? It says no such thing. The messiah said,

      John 4:24
      God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

      Emphasis on TRUTH! He also said,

      John 14:15-16

      If ye love me, keep my commandments.

      And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

      Emphasis on keeping the commandments.

      You can not come to the Father as your self you are filthy. Read THE MESSIAHS PURPOSE <==== Its okay to be offended but after this I pray you Repent (change) Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. The scriptures I used were the words of the Father. Peace

  4. Matthew says:

    I know for a fact GOD would not mind that I have dreadlocks. It is a hair style.. They are not unclean, proberly cleaner than most peoples hair who wash with shampoo (i dont). If anything having dreadlocks has taught me patience, understanding and forgiveness. People can be very judging simply because of a different hairstyle. If they were truely wrong, I would know in my heart.

    • Ikedi says:

      Jeremiah 17:9

      9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

      Proverbs 3:5-6

      5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

      6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

      This is not an emotional topic, your heart is not barometer of what is right in the eyes of the Father. If it was your choice to grow dread locks after keeping the fathers commandments that’s one thing, but if you have dreads out of tradition the chances are it has a spiritual connotation. All spirits are not of the Yahua of Israel in the bible. Peace.

      • Thomas says:

        Jeremiah 17:9

        9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

        Proverbs 3:5-6

        5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

        You stated these two versus from above.

        If the Heart is deceitful above all things = Proverbs 3:5-6

        Then why would you Trust in the Lord with all thine Heart (The Deceitful heart from Proverbs) and then lean not to your own understanding?

        It really doesn’t make sense…

        • admin says:

          Because you can trust in your self with your heart. So – why not trust in the words of the one that created it, with it? The is decietful, because it tends to lean towards emotion and what it feels is comfortable, if it is no guided. When it says heart this typically means MIND.

          • Stan says:

            Your knowledge interest’s me I too am on the jounery towards sanctification
            It is very enlightening to know that there are some who still rely on the word rather then there own sense of Self-righteousness

            All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.
            Proverbs 16:2 KJV

            There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
            Proverbs 16:25 KJV

            Two perfect example’s

  5. chrsitan says:

    first off let me say that this was a wonderful written article. now you are right in saying learning how to interpret the bible is you first priority.your right on that part. but you did not say that we are ALL DIFFERENT. an in that us all being different we all think differently from others.

    so with that being said if we all think and are all different from everybody else then we ALL interpret the scripture differently.some might the same way as others but no one man can say I interpreted the scripture this way and they way i did it is the true way it is interpreted.if that makes sence. i noticed that you didnt mention john the baptist in your article.

    from reading the Word praying on it. from the looks of it John the baptist wasnt the cleanest man on the face of the earth.He was a priests son that chose to roam the desert instead of serving in the temple. His “clothes were made of camel’s hair/skin, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey”(Matt 3:4). His simple food and lifestyle were in and of themselves a visual protest against self indulgence and society itself. he chose to live this way for 30 years

    • Ikedi says:

      I would like to answer your question, Hopefully you come back, I’m not sure if your email is a real one? In any case, I hope anyone else reading can take something from my explanation. The first thing you say is that

      we are ALL DIFFERENT. an in that us all being different we all think differently from others“.

      The bible addresses this fact in the law and the new testament scriptures:

      Romans 3:9
      What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;

      Here Paul asks the question are Israelite’s better than Gentiles (other nations) The answer is conclusively NO! If we read the Laws, it is clear his conclusion comes from the scriptures, as in times past Israelite’s and Gentiles (commonly called strangers in the old testament for some reason!) You can read about this in:

      Numbers 15:29
      Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.

      Clearly it can be seen that Israel have long had a history with Gentiles/Strangers (other nations), Particularly after they came out of Egypt with a mixed multitude of nations. There is to be one law for the Strangers and Israel, so although “we can all think differently from others” as you highlighted, this is something reserved for those not following the laws of Yahua (some will say God of Israel).

      For us who believe in the scriptures we are to interpret it the same ways, especially in regards to the keeping of the laws.

      You also spoke of John the baptist and his rebellion against the Levitical priesthood. This I can partially agree with. How Hygienic John was, cant be proved, but seeing as he kept the laws, I would say he would have had to have been a very clean man. His unconventional choice of clothes I think Is more or an issue to us in these so called modern times.

      If you read the apocrypha, which are books that were taken out of the King James 1611 bible in the 19th century, you will see that before Yahusha (the messiah) and John the baptists days there was a lot of wars between the Jews and the Greeks and Romans, during which time, priests were appointed to serve by the Greeks and Romans, which was very unlawful, also many Jews aligned themselves with the Greeks and Romans and betrayed Israel.

      In conclusion, when it comes to bible interpretation of the laws of Yahua, there is only one way to do this. the scriptures make no mention of dreadlocks, the vow of a Nazarite, was a specific vow to Yahua, and not something done out of tradition or accidentally. It is also wise to observe that you never hear a person with dreadlocks clearly calling them a vow to the Yahua (the God of Israel). In many cases dreads have a spiritual connotation, but they are to another God and not “the God”.

      Yahua warns against this in the very first commandments

      Exodus 20:3
      Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

      I hope someone has been edified, Peace and Shalom!

      • Chiku says:

        Greetings to you and thank you for this article.

        I’ve been growing my locs for just under 3 years and I do have to testify that you are 100% right when you say “they are for another god.”

        Up until reading this article and specifically this comment I was still wishy-washy on the idea of cutting down the locks because of the “spiritual” connotation I attached to them.

        But being one who is striving to build a relationship with YHWH and Yahushua, it would be wrong to bring old baggage with all its symbolic attachments to a new relationship isn’t it?

        Coming to think about it more (in my life at least), it not only breaks the first commandment as you put it when done with a “spiritual” mindset but also the fifth commandment, seeing as I did it with a rebellious attitude to my parents. It never donned on me till now.

        All in all, to be born again of Yahushua and the Ruach means to die to oneself isn’t it? Without this article, I think I would have missed this aspect so THANK YOU for the message!!!


  6. JLUV says:

    Shabbat shalom. I think this is a good article. Anyone reading about Samson should know he was under the Nazerite vow from the womb. Even John the Baptist was full of the Spirit/Ruach from the womb. The Bible/Scriptures will teach the truth if you go into it with an open heart.

    With humility seeking the truth. Praying first and then going forth. To have an attitude is to have a hard heart and it exists with many of the replies here. Now I am a balding, thinning, AND graying man. Growing long hair is no thing to me but it is a trail I am walking to discover if there is a length limit.

    It’s not cool to see someone from behind you think to be a woman only to be confounded when they turn and it’s a man. Should a man appear as a woman?



  7. mario spratte says:

    if they still want to defend LOCKs There is a law on NOT having Locks Grow Long Ezekiel 44:20
    Ezekiel 44:20King James Version (KJV)

    20 Neither shall they shave their heads, nor suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only poll their heads.
    CUT CUT CUT!!!!

    1 cor 11:14
    1 Corinthians 11:14King James Version (KJV)

    14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

  8. Katie says:

    Great article. Is it sinful or wrong to have dreadlocks just for the sake of liking the look?

  9. Kwame says:

    Is it sinful for me (male) to have locks bcos i like to have it as a hairstlye?

  10. Tino says:

    Honestly this message is confusing. You suggest cutting them then you also permit people to wear it if its just a hair style. im currently thinking about growing them now. I do not plan on taking any vows and I do not plan on using my hair as a spiritual resource. Its just a new style i want to try.
    Yeshua is my savior ,and Messiah ! I serve him not by word but with my life, and if this hair situation would cause any issues with Messiah and I , i am willing to forsake my own desire for his.

    • admin says:

      I suggest cutting if you know that your dreds were done as a dedication to some god (usually when grown from birth). I my self was going to be a victim of this, but my mum refused it. If you want to grow your hair that’s fine. But when you do so, you should not be shaping the sides etc. You should also ensure you adopt hair styles that identify you as a man. A pimp perm is not acceptable. Shalom!

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