Men's Hairstyles and Grooming

Appearance of the Heads

  • The laws concerning men's grooming vary for the sons of Israel as oppose to the sons of Aaron the Priest.

  • The house of Israel and the Levites are commanded not to round the corners of their heads, so they may not make the sides of their heads bald alone to encircle it. {Lev 19:27}

Lev 19:27  

Ye shall not round H5362 the corners H6285 of your heads, ......


A primitive root; to strike with more or less violence (beat, fell, corrode); by implication (of attack) to knock together, that is, surround or circulate: - compass (about, -ing), cut down, destroy, go round (about), inclose, round.

Feminine of H6311; properly mouth in a figurative sense, that is, direction, region, extremity: - corner, end, quarter, side.

  • The law does not restrict the sons of Israel and the Levites from cutting down their entire heads to be bald, even as Jacob and Absolom did. Rather, it just shows that it is unlawful to cut down the sides of the head bald to encircle it like the fades, mohawks and flat tops do. They can still get line ups, tape ups, or edge ups because that's not rounding the sides or ends of their head when they straighten the hairline with the razor or clippers. They can wear their hair naturally or braided without balding the sides. The scriptures show the different hair styles for the sons of Israel and Levites. 


1. Dread locks/braids/plaits

Judges 16:13

And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound. And he said unto her, If thou weavest the seven locks H4253 of my head with the web.




from H2498; braid, lock, plait, a ringlet of hair (as gliding over each other):— lock.


2. Natural afro, low cuts, wave cuts, even all arounds, or lose hairdo. 

Numbers 6:5

All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto Ahayah, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks H6545 of the hair of his head grow. 




 from 6544; the hair (as dishevelled), long hair (of head):— locks.

 3. Bald heads.

Jasher 54:107

[107] And Jacob rose up and put on the garments which Joseph had sent him, and after he had washed, and shaved his hair, he put upon his head the turban which Joseph had sent him.

shave: (of a man) cut the hair with a razor; an act of shaving hair from the face or part of the body.

II Sam 14:26

[26] And when he polled H1548 his head, (for it was at every year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight. 


A primitive root; properly to be bald, that is, (causatively) to shave; figuratively to lay waste: - poll, shave (off)

The laws for the Children of Ahayah

  • None of the Children of Ahayah, regardless of nation,  may make any baldness on their eyebrows for the dead. {Deut 14:1} It is not unlawful to shave one's eye brows or design it, it just cannot be in mourning of the dead.

Deuteronomy 14:1

Ye are the children of Ahayah your Alahayim: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness H7144 between your eyes for the dead.

  • ( This practice of making baldness between one's eyes was not the original mourning and burial custom for the dead. The ancient burial rites did not include making baldness between one's eyes, printing marks upon you, or cutting one's flesh. {Apoc Mos 40:1-3;43:1-4; Jasher 24:15; Genesis 50:10; Ecclesiasticus 22:12; 38:16-17}) 


קָרְחָא    קָרְחָה
From H7139; baldness: - bald (-ness), X utterly

The laws for the Priest's head grooming.

  • The laws for the Priests (the sons of Aaron) are different than the laws for the Levites and the rest of the tribes of Israel.  The sons of Aaron may not shave any part their heads bald at all, nor  suffer their hair to grow long, but have to keep a respectable hair length by polling their heads. This means they can have afros, braids, dreads, or low cuts but NO bald heads, line ups, tape ups, or edge up because that would be making baldness in one's head. They shall not make baldness on their heads like Mohawks, fades, temp fades, or flat tops either.

Lev 21:1 

 And AHAYAH said unto Moses, Speak unto the priests the sons of Aaron, and say unto them, ...: 

Lev 21:5 

 They shall not make baldness upon their head, ..... 

 Ezekiel 44:20

Neither shall they shave their heads, nor suffer their locks H6545 to grow long; they shall only poll H3697 their heads. 




from 6544; the hair (as dishevelled), long hair (of head):— locks.

A primitive root; to shear: -  X only, poll

poll: to clip; to cut off the ends; to cut off hair or wool; to shear; to mow; to crop.

Edification on Line ups/Edge ups/ Tape ups and Bald heads.

A shape up/line up/ edge up/tape up is literally is the removal (shaving) of the hair by razor or clipper to bald the area in order to make edges of the hair line appear sharp and straight. This is not a transgression of the law for the sons of Israel and the Levites, but the Priests were commanded not to make any baldness on their heads, {Lev 21:5} so shape ups/ line ups/edge ups/tape ups and bald heads are a transgression for the Priests the sons of Aaron. The House of Israel and the Levites were just commanded not to round the corners of their heads, which means not to cut down the edges of their head {Lev 19:27} like temp fades, so a shape up,  line up, edge up, or tape up will not cause them to transgress this law. 

Appearance of Facial Hair

Edification on Mustaches.

  •  It is lawful for the Israelites, including the Priests, to shave, trim, or line up their mustache because there is no law prohibiting the grooming of one's mustache. The laws pertaining to facial hair in Leviticus 19:27 and 21:5 use word H2206 זקן which means beard, chin because it actually pertains to the beard. On the other hand H8222 שפם means moustache, beard (as a lip piece), upper lip, beard because it actually pertains to the mustache and there are no laws concerning the mustache.




BDB Definition: from 2204; the beard, chin. Strong's: beard (as indicating age):— beard. 



BDB Definition: from 8193; moustache. Strong's: the beard (as a lip-piece):— beard, (upper) lip.

  • The priests, the sons of Aaron, must be mindful not to cut oneself, which will be a transgression of the law since " ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh. {Lev 21:5} The use of trimmers or clippers can aid in this matter.


Edification on Beards 

  • It is lawful for the Israelites, including the Priests, to trim their beard. An example is in  II Sam 19:24 which shows that the Hebrews were trimming their beards lawfully of old time. 

2 Samuel 19:24

24  And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard,H8222 nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came again in peace.

trim: make (something) neat or of the required size or form by cutting away irregular or unwanted parts.

 The laws concerning Beards

  • There are variations in the law concerning grooming of the beards for the Israelites and the priests respectively. 

  • Israelites and LevitesIt is lawful for the Israelites, including the Levites, to line up and trim their beards.{Lev 19:27} It is unlawful to make it completely bald on the sides or ends to mar it. It's not lawful to have a clean shaven face, nor a goatee with shaven sides, nor just the sides of the beard with a shaved chin. These different styles will cause them to mar, that is to destroy, the corners of their beards which is against the law.

Leviticus 19:27

 Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar (H7843) the corners of thy beard. 




Original Strong's Definition: A primitive root; to decay, that is, (causatively) ruin (literally or figuratively): - batter, cast off, corrupt (-er, thing), destroy (-er, -uction), lose, mar, perish, spill, spoiler, X utterly, waste (-r).


  • the Sons of Aaron: 

Lev 21:5 

 They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off H1548 the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh


A primitive root; properly to be bald, that is, (causatively) to shave; figuratively to lay waste: - poll, shave (off).


  • Knowing the law restricts the sons of Aaron from shaving the corners of their beard, the sons of Aaron cannot line their beards up, nor make any other baldness on the corners, but they can still trim them as they desire for neatness. 

  • The House of Israel are called by name to keep the whole law, hence we are obligated to do these things.

2Ch 33:8  

Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of the land which I have appointed for your fathers; so that they will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses. 

Mal 4:4  

Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 

  • The Gentiles are commanded to keep the commands of Noah

Gad the Seer Chapter Nine

1.And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers unto David saying

2.“I know that AHAYAH thy Alahayim is the Alahayim, and now deal kindly and truly with me and teach me the Law of thy Alahayim, for I will worship Him all my life.”

3.And the messengers came to David with an offering in their hands for AHAYAH and for David. And they told him the words of Hiram and presented him with the offering.

4.And David said in reply to Hiram:

5.“Go and say to my brother, to Hiram, ‘Thus said David your brother: 'Be afraid of AHAYAH, creator of heaven and fire, the sea and the earth, the wet the dry the heat and the cold, the mineral the vegetation the living and the speaking

6.the spheres the Pleiades and Orion, the Sun and the Moon, the substantial and the spiritual, the wandering stars, the senses and everything.

7.All these were created and made without a blemish by Ala Shodaye; his name is AHAYAH.

8.And if thou do this, observing the commandments that were ordered to the children of Noah, thy father,{Jubilee 7:20} then good will be yours all thy days.

  • · When he said observe righteousness, he was preparing his children to keep the commandments handed down to Moses as well.

Sir 17:11 

Beside this he gave them knowledge, and the law of life for an heritage. 

Sir 17:12 

He made an everlasting covenant with them, and shewed them his judgments. 

Sir 17:13 

Their eyes saw the majesty of his glory, and their ears heard his glorious voice. 

Sir 17:14 

And he said unto them, Beware of all unrighteousness; and he gave every man commandment concerning his neighbour.

  • So through precept we see that Noah told his children to observe righteousness and they can do so by obeying the commands of Moses because Ahayah taught us to beware of all unrighteousness through the law given to him.

Act 15:18 

Known unto Alahayim are all his works from the beginning of the world. 

Act 15:19 

Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to Alahayim: 

Act 15:21 

For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day. 

Act 15:28  

For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; 

  • The burden that they were trying to place on the Gentiles were to require them to  be circumcised or keep the law of animal sacrifice.

Act 15:5 

But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. 

  • This burden is not necessary for you brothers and sisters

Act 15:28  

For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; 

Act 15:29  

That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. 

  • Ahayah is Alahayim of all, so the laws through faith are established through Yache for all nations.

Rom 3:29  

Is he the Alahayim of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 
Rom 3:30  

Seeing it is one Alahayim, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. 
Rom 3:31

 Do we then make void the law through faith? Alahayim forbid: yea, we establish the law.

  • These laws are for us all because it will be our righteousness if we observe to do all these commandments before Ahayah Alahayim. 

Deu 6:25  

And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before Ahayah our Alahayim, as he hath commanded us

  • These are prophetic times of preparation for the kingdom because all nations  will be joined together in one law and one covenant in the reign of Christ

Gad the seer chapter 2

12.for everyone will join you in the covenant in the Law, testimonies, statutes, and ordinances.

13.And you and they shall have one Alahayim, one covenant, one law, one language, for all shall speak in the Jews’ language, the holy language.