It is unclear exactly what Paul had in mind; scholars suggest something shawl-like, long hair, or even a demure hairstyle.
Or Every man who prays or prophesies with long hair dishonors his head. And every woman who prays or prophesies with no covering of hair on her head dishonors her head—she is just like one of the “shorn women.” If a woman has no covering, let her be for now with short hair, but since it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair shorn or shaved, she should grow it again. A man ought not to have long hair The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
1. Thiselton, A. C. (2000). The First Epistle to the Corinthians : A commentary on the Greek text (824). Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans.
2. W. Harold Mare, "1 Corinthians," in The NIV Study Bible, ed. Kenneth Barker (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Bible Publishers, 1985), 1748.
3. Women in certain cultures do not grow what can relatively be called long hair. When we look at a woman and see her hair to her waist or mid back we might suggest that is indeed long. That is not all that we should take from this text. The hair should essentially be "let" to grow.
4. “Long hair” translates a verb meaning "to wear long hair," "to let one's hair grow long." In some languages the translation must be "to have much hair."
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5. To wear long hair as part of one's attire - 'to have long hair, to appear with long hair, to wear long hair.' gunh\ de\ e)a\n koma=| do/ca au)th=| e)stin 'if a women wears long hair, it is a pride for her' 1 Co 11:15. In a number of languages it may be necessary to translate koma/w as 'to let one's hair grow long' or 'not to cut one's hair.'
Louw and Nida, Greek-English Lexicon Based on Semantic Domain. Copyright (c) 1988 United Bible Societies, New York. Used by permission.
6. Some tend to marginalize the Pauline epistles. It should be readily known however that 1 Corinthians is one of the earliest manuscripts from the New Testament Scriptures that Christendom currently enjoys. It is dated to be a copy from around 50 AD. This date actually predates the Gospels themselves and comes around 20-25 years after the death of Christ. The actual writing of 1 Corinthians could possibly be a couple years after the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. A profound testimony to the truths found in this book of sacred Scripture, deity of Christ, resurrection, etc.