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Below are articles from the following dictionary:
Smith's Bible Dictionary

Hair:

The Hebrews were fully alive to the importance of the hair as an element of personal beauty. Long hair was admired in the case of young men (2 Samuel 14:26). In times of affliction the hair was altogether cut off (Isaiah 3:17; 3:24; 15:2; Jeremiah 7:29). Tearing the hair (Ezra 9:3) and letting it go disheveled were similar tokens of grief. The usual and favorite color of the hair was black (Solomon 5:11) as is indicated in the comparisons in Solomon 1:5; 4:1,a similar hue is probably intended by the purple of Solomon 7:6. Pure white hair was deemed characteristic of the divine Majesty (Daniel 7:9; Revelation 1:14). The chief beauty of the hair consisted in curls, whether of a natural or an artificial character. With regard to the mode of dressing the hair, we have no very precise information; the terms used are of a general character, as of Jezebel (2 Kings 9:30) and of Judith, chapter 10:3, and in the New Testament (1 Timothy 2:9; 1 Peter 3:3). The arrangement of Samson's hair into seven locks, or more properly braids (Judges 16:13; 16:19) involves the practice of plaiting, which was also familiar to the Egyptians and Greeks. The locks were probably kept in their place by a fillet, as in Egypt. The Hebrews like other nations of antiquity, anointed the hair profusely with ointments, which were generally compounded of various aromatic ingredients (Ruth 3:3; 2 Samuel 14:2; Psalm 23:6; 92:10; Ecclesiastes 9:8) more especially on occasions of festivity or hospitality (Luke 7:46). It appears to have been the custom of the Jews in our Saviour's time to swear by the hair (Matthew 5:36) much as the Egyptian women still swear by the side‐locks, and the men by their beards.

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