Did Jesus wear locs?

Over the summer, I engaged in an insightful conversation with a friend about locs—in particular, if Jesus wore locs in his day. The image of a long-haired Jesus, whose hair was later described “like wool” in the book of Revelations, is not too far removed from the long locs we see today. It could be consistent with the area of the world he lived in at that time. And because Jesus was from Nazareth, many believed he lived under the Nazarite vow, where “no razor shall come upon his head all the days of the vow.” (Numbers 6).  The Rastafari use this scripture as the basis for the significance of locs in their culture.

As a loc wearer, we face many who may not understand our style. Locs are rooted in misconceptions, stereotypes and myths. Some wear them for religious reasons. Some have worn them in protest. Others wear them as a form of expression. Today, thankfully locs have come into their own, and many embrace them.

If Jesus wore locs, we are in good company. Many have written about this with only one conclusion: no one knows for sure. Here’s our argument:

  1. Jesus expressed himself freely.
  2. He didn’t care what others thought.
  3. He often looked for creative ways to convey his message.
  4. He was a revolutionary.
  5. He was not understood among his peers and even his own countrymen.
  6. He transcended what others thought he could achieve.
  7. He stood firm in his beliefs and his message.
  8. He knew that only a few people would really get it.

On those starter days, or when someone asks you for the umpteenth time, “What are you doing to your hair?”, just remember to wear your locs with care and dignity as the queen or king you are. Some believe that locs may not be for everyone and every situation. Only a few will get it. Thankfully, that is changing.

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