Journeys Through Pentecostal Subcultures: Hairstyles

We’re on vacation next week, this week, a brief curated view of the Pentecostal subculture in Oneness denominations that requires women not to cut their hair. There are literally dozens of websites, instructional videos, and doctrinal explanations for this practice.  For Apostolic women, this practice binds them together, creates a subculture within a subculture, sets them apart as unique.  For Oneness Pentecostals, who rely on their theological distinctiveness to assert their claims to orthodoxy as well as certainty, looking different–in addition to acting differently are markers of holiness and separation that much of mainstream Pentecostalism in the U.S. has lost. For some, this is a development that is worth lamenting, for others, its a normative process of modernization that occurs in all subcultures.

We’ll be back in two weeks with more Pentecostal fashions….enjoy!

Latina Pentecostal young woman demonstrating how to put hair up in a bun & a YouTube channel dedicated to hair styles

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you can never start too early, this young girl is getting ready for church

Long hair, denim long skirts, and over-flowing blouses that cover the collar bone are typical for Apostolic women

Care for long hair can be problematic–there are websites dedicated to providing tips, product reviews, and the not so subtle theological justification for long hair

 

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