Anonymous said: Growing up in the church, we are taught to be modest, wear modest clothing, and often times we are taught not to wear jewelry or get tattoos, I agree with that for the most part. I've even heard some people talk against wearing nail polish.. Ive heard some talk against unnatural hair color- for example if someone wanted to temporarily add pink or blue streaks in their hair for a couple months, is that a sin or is it wrong? It would only be some of the hair and would wash out
…As far as I’ve been able to discern, our instructions as to our attire and decoration are simply that we…
Well, here. Lemme point you to a few of our previous questions getting answered in a mutlipost.
Now I know it’s rather about jewerly in particular. However, the standards for Christian attire should still hold weight in the matter. If you don’t wanna read the whole thing, the most important bit is the second quote and the preceding paragraph. Our goal is modesty, simplicity, and appropriateness.
Personally, I don’t see much of an issue with certain things, especially if they’re for the right reasons. I personally feel that adornment for the sake of vanity is something that’s… well… vain.
Now, I’m not gonna say that nail polish and hair-dyeing are sinful. I’m saying it depends on why you’re doing it. If you’re moving to impress socially, that’s vanity. If you’re trying to get a rise out of people (like parents, for you teenagers with conservative parents) with crazy-colored hair, that’s either provocation or vanity, depending.
Whatever you do, don’t try to rationalize why you’re doing it. Know your motivation before making the move to do something that’s a little bit irreverseable (or takes a long time to undo).
Simply put, keep to standards of simplicity (don’t go overboard), modesty (don’t be trying to draw attention to yourself), and appropriateness (don’t do anything to deliberately antagonize people).
As for myself, I actually dyed my hair blue. All of it. And my hair’s long by guy standards. And like, cerulean blue. A nice blue. Being brown-haired, I had to bleach the stuff before the color could take. That made it fairly irreverseable until I dyed it brown again and let it grow out enough to lop off the dyed stuff and switch back to regular shampoo.
The reason I did it though, was not to be all “blingie” (or whatever you kids are calling it these days). I did it because I know people who do dye their hair on a regular basis, and I felt that most of the older generation kinda has a bad first impression of people in that category. They can be judgmental or prejudiced, and generally unfair or… you get the idea.
Simply put, the idea that I, myself, a rather mellow guy in terms of attire and attemptedly rather level-headed in terms of how I interact with people, would lump myself into that category by doing something crazy with my hair, would cause people to realize that the choice to dye one’s hair doesn’t actually say anything about what kind of person they are. As it is, most people I knew asked why I did it, and I explained this to them.
I only kept it for a couple months, though. To get the shade of blue, they mixed in some green, and the green held longer than the blue and long story short, my hair looked like seaweed after a while. I didn’t wanna keep spending like 50$ to dye it every 2 months, so I went back to normality.
Not gonna say it wasn’t fun, though. I liked my blue hair. It was an experience I’m glad to have had, but not one I’d want to have again.
Anyways, yeah. Just know why you’re doing what you’re doing. That doesn’t mean that you can write it off with another explanation just because it sounds good. Seriously do a little introspection, preferably with prayer involved.
I hope this answers your question, Anon. Good luck, God bless.