Why do Amish people not cut their hair? What is the religious significance behind that? —Spencer A.
Amish men have their hair cut. Amish women don’t because of 1 Corinthians 11.
Why do Amish men not grow a moustache with their beard? —Shaundi D.
The simple answer is: tradition.
Where did that tradition begin? No one can remember for sure. Some will say it’s because soldiers used to have moustaches and the Amish didn’t want to appear the same. Others say that people used to wax and style their moustaches in fancy ways, and the Amish put a great deal of emphasis on eschewing vanity. Still others say that it’s because they tend to get dirty, and Amish value cleanliness.
So what answer should we go with? It’s easiest to simply go with tradition.
It is my understanding that Amish men grow a beard once they marry. How do Amish women signify that they are married? —Shaundi D.
In some communities beards start being grown at 18 whether or not they’re married. Others they’re required once they have been baptized, again before marriage though they might be allowed to keep them trimmed. A lot of communities don’t require it until they’re married.
Amish women will wear a white head covering all the time once they’re married. Girls will wear black to church.
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