Getting to the point of this testimony/article, let's delve into hair color. So, is dying or bleaching your hair okay, not-so-good, harmful, unhealthy, ungodly, or nothing to worry about at all? Well, I used to think the last choice, but after I gave it more thought and listened to the opinion of a brother in Christ, God opened my eyes to seeing it in a new light. You know, ever since I became a modest modern maiden, I've always been convicted about not wearing jewelry, painting my nails, wearing makeup, etc. I have had prior experience with all of these things in the past and had come out of partaking in them. However, when it comes to hair, I had never ever done anything except cut my hair different lengths; my hair has always been its virgin color and I've always been content and happy with being a brunette. So, with a cold, dreary, and kind of depressing winter coming to a close this year, I decided I wanted a to try a change, brighten things up a bit, and go blonde. Now, just so you understand, I was born blonde and my hair didn't really turn brown until after 2 or 3 years. This being the case, I knew I just wanted a natural shade of blonde and something that would still look me; nothing crazy or drastic. So I did it, I went blonde. And I loved it. I loved my brown hair too, but I really liked the blonde. Mind you, I had prayed for conviction over this decision if it were right or wrong, but I received nothing either way, so I went ahead and bleached my brunette strands.
Then I talked it over with a couple of my brothers in Christ, one of whom also happens to be my blessing in courtship—hehe! ❤︎ They gave me their full and honest opinions, which basically brought to light how bleaching or dying your hair is in reality on the same level as painting your nails or putting on makeup. The bottom line is that it's synthetic beauty that God never intended. Something that is synthetic is false, and something that is false is deceitful. Our Father, in the glorious perfection of His character, is never misleading and none of His devices are deceitful. Thus, as simple as cosmetics and all that they entail may seem, they are in their very essence contrary to the one true God.
After realizing this, I apologized to my Creator for tampering with His creation, and I thanked Him for how He brought it to my attention. You see, there was a moment where I wished that I hadn't been mislead into bleaching my hair blonde, but then God comforted me in how I grew through it. I was so blessed by reasoning together with God through the brothers that He used to talk to me about it, and now I have a testimony that I can share with my fellow maidens so that you all can, by God's grace, be blessed by and encouraged from my mistakes and what God teaches me through them.
So, in conclusion to this simple testimony, I am against bleaching or dying one's hair, or synthetic beauty in general. When we take care of ourselves according to the health laws God provides, our skin and hair will glow and shine naturally, and the natural beauty God gives to each one of us will come out. But, when we begin to depart from God's provisions, we will see a decline in the natural loveliness of Christ which He desires to give us. Not with a borderline Christianity will we lighten the earth with the glory of our God, but with a peculiar and wholly set-apart faith which shines with the brightness of the Sun of Righteousness. This loveliness begins within and permeates without to be seen by all that we come in contact with, and it is the true message of modesty.
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 4:16
And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do?
Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold,
though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair;
thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.
While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God [which made them beautiful], adorned themselves…
1 Peter 3:2–5
By the things of nature [the flowers, the lily; natural beauty] Christ illustrates the beauty that Heaven values, the modest grace, the simplicity, the purity, the appropriateness, that would make our attire pleasing to Him.
Ministry of Healing, p. 289
The one who is simple and unpretending in her dress and in her manners shows that she understands that a true woman is characterized by moral worth.
The Review and Herald, November 17, 1904