|Samson Strength Came from His Long Hair|
It was wearing his hair in lengthy locks that gave him his strength, a secret that would become known to his adversaries. It was not a style he was portraying but a ritual that he attested to which he drew his strength from - his long flowing hair. The invincible Samson became quite vulnerable once Delilah cut his hair thus creating such a great mystique over the ages that a man’s desire to grow his hair long has deemed a value more than just an attempt to become attractive. As not just a vogue statement of personal styling this instance in history is where wearing long hair as fashion for men has its roots.
Fashionable long hair for men is seen throughout history starting most notably in the Old Testament where the men of Nazareth are depicted as wearing the hair long to show devotion to God. Most illustrations and painting of Jesus show him with long locks of hair as a sort of display of divinity. His flowing locks amplify his charismatic manner inviting alliance and trust.
Prior to Christianity in 2200 B.C. Egyptian men wore their hair short however often wore sensational headdresses with wigs or hair extensions. In ancient Greece men with long hair was a status symbol of wealth and power. The common man wore his hair short however in line with the notion of men wearing their hair long as prominence the Greek Gods, Zeus, Apollo, Poseidon had long hair as did warriors and heroes such as Achilles. Warriors of acclaim considered their long hair as a sign of aristocracy and combed it publicly in a show of vanity. In the Sixth Century Greek men favored shorter hair styles with the exception of the Spartans.
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Vikings wore their hair long following the Following the ritual of Samson. Their warrior ways certainly follow the concurring fashion of Samson. The collapse of the Roman Empire, most of Europe adopted the hair style and dress of the Germanic peoples. During the reign of the Merovingian dynasty, King Chlodio V was nicknamed "Le Chevelu" due to his long hair, much lengthier than his predecessors. During this period, long hair was a symbol of status, as with the Greeks centuries earlier. Royalty wore their hair long in long style while men of the lower classes and slaves had short hair or shaved heads.
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In the New World it was deemed fashionable for men to wear their hair long. Politicians would adorn wigs which was the norm for men of stature and wealth. It should be noted that President George Washington went against the trend of his day by not wearing a wig. Instead he powdered his hair, and pulled it back, accenting it with long sideburns. Native Americans wore their hair long in functional style more than fashion style as their belief that
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Musicians such as Mozart and Beethoven wore their hair long as did many artists which became the norm leading up to the Bohemian Movement at the turn of the 20th century. History will note that up until the First World War men wore their hair long. It was the military influence of having short and trimmed hair for men that ruled through the first half of the century establishing a tradition in the military around the world.
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This cultural symbol extended to several Western countries in the Americas, Western Europe, South Africa, and Australia. Specific long hairstyles such as dread locks became the fashion statement of Caribbean men of African descent most notably made popular by Rastafarian musicians like Bob Marley. In the late 70’s Rock and Roll groups like Led Zeppelin and the Who created the wave of very long hair styles that defined the decade. The surfing counter culture life style as well embraced very long hair styles as a certain form of self-expression that was the signature of being out of the loop and living an esoteric life style that embellished the freedom of riding waves and tuning out of the politically charged civilization of the “Cold War”.
In later part of the past century men having short hair styles was in many cultures viewed as being under society's control and conforming to the establishment. While in the military, prison or in the employment of a fundamental career men were forced to wear their hair short. Religious formalities and social uniformity regarding men with long hair as un-kept or not wholesome gave way to fashion. In contrast, men sporting long hair styles were accepted by society by sheer force, almost every guy had long hair in the 70's and 80's.
Now, having long hair signifies being outside of the mainstream and having their own special fashion statement of expression. Think of soccer star David Beckham, or movie star Chris Hemsworth as contemporary men with long locks of hair. These guys have much more than simple sex appeal – they
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