In todays’ society there are many differing views regarding hair styling and the use of makeup. Some have no issue with these daily routines done by many girls. But on the other hand, many believe that girls should be natural and not be concerned about their outward image. As a Christian, I know that their are other matters in my life that are far more important than my appearance. However does this idea mean that we should not be concerned at all about our appearance or should neglect any beauty routines? To get some thoughts on this discussion, I decided to interview my mother DeAnn Dahl who formerly worked at a beauty salon.
Interview with DeAnn Dahl
QUESTION 1: Do you think it is important for people to care for and style their hair? Or do you think they shouldn’t be as worried about their outward appearance?
ANSWER: Yes, I do think it is an important thing for people to care for. We are image bearers of Christ and I believe that He wants us to take care of our bodies. We need to keep ourselves looking presentable. However if your beauty routine is taking you too long or keeping you from other things that are more important to God, then you need to find a new style or quicker routine.
QUESTION 2: Do you think that there are certain hair styles or lengths that Christian girls and guys should avoid? Or do you think that everybody can do as they please with their choice of style?
ANSWER: I believe that a male should look like a male and a female should look like a female. If this appearance becomes questionable, then I think a change in style should be made. Some questions people need to consider are is this hair style a representative of rebellion or just a fun hair style and also how is it perceived by others?
QUESTION 3: As a Christian who formally worked at a beauty salon, how were you able to influence your customers and fellow workers.
ANSWER: Making conversation is key to making your client feel at ease. While your client is sitting in the chair, you currently have a captive audience. It is good to try and make conversation with them and then begin to try and turn it to things of God. It is important however to let the Holy Spirit guide the situation, don’t over press to try and make it happen on your own. You can also play Christian music or tasteful music in the salon. Another thing that is important is how you dress and present yourself.
QUESTION 4: Do you think Christians should be involved in things such as makeup and hair styling?
ANSWER: Definitely. Not everyone has a natural beauty and may need to add some enchancments to their appearance. This being said, it is important to not go overboard with makeup and put too much focus on our outward appearance. But as Christians we can set a good example of what God wants us to model. It is important to have people involved in the beauty business that are believers because they can have a Godly influence on the client.
QUESTION 5: Do you have any advice for Christian girls who may be feeling insecure about their image?
ANSWER: My advice would be to talk to a trusted friend or even hairstylist. They may have hints or tips for how you can improve or change your style or makeup. Some magazines or internet may have helpful hints to give you some ideas. When we feel good about ourselves and are content, we are more confident and happy and this affects our attitude and outlook on life. But it is important to remember that ones joy must first be found in Jesus because He is the only real source of joy and peace.
QUESTION 6: What are some good Bible verses that can be an encouragement to girls who may feel insecure?
*Psalm 139:14: I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
*Genesis 1:27: So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
* Romans 12:6: We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;
*Ephesians 2:10: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
* Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
*Matthew 6:25-26: Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?