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2 minutes ago, dominicansoul said:

omigosh, I just read the title of this thread!! I wasn't a NUN, so I don't even need to be in here answering this question.. lol!  I was a sister, something totally different!!!!! 

  learn to read thread titles :bash:

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If I never had to color or style my hair again, I would be a happy woman :p . I would probably have bad veil days, but would never have a bad hair day again! :hehe:

There is much historical and religious significance to the ceremony of cutting the hair!  And yes, the practice does depend on the community.  During my own investiture (as a veiled novice), the hair

That's actually one part of religious life I will majorly look forward to, if I persevere so long. I hope they buzz it all off right down to the skin. It's such a pain in the tuchus as it is!

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6 hours ago, vee said:

  learn to read thread titles :bash:

Vee--To prepare, you probably should start practicing hitting people with those Carmelite prayer benches. I am no expert on the practices of Carmelite Communities, but I doubt they use folding chairs. :P:P

 

 

7 hours ago, vee said:

  learn to read thread titles :bash:

Vee--To prepare, you probably should start practicing hitting people with those Carmelite prayer benches. I am no expert on the practices of Carmelite Communities, but I doubt they use folding chairs. :P:P

 

 

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14 hours ago, John Paul said:

After the hair is cut during the novitate ceremony do you still get it cut every couple months?

John Paul--The answer, of course, is "Yes." Since hair grows, Religious Sisters/nuns who wear their hair short under the veil need to cut it at regular intervals.

How this is done varies by Community. A Sister might cut her own hair or it might be cut by another Sister. How often hair is cut also varies by Community, and probably even by individual. If I were a Religious Sister/nun, I'd need my hair cut fairly often since my hair grows very fast. However, I also know people whose hair grows VERY slowly and might need it cut only once or twice a year.

BTW--Hair cutting as part of the novitiate ceremony also varies a lot by Community. I know of a couple of Communities (who wear their hair short, and showing at the front of the veil) who cut the hair before (not during) the actual novitiate ceremony. I've heard of others who make only a small token cutting of the hair during the ceremony, and and then cut it shorter in private afterwards. (For one Community I heard of that did this, families/friends were invited to the Clothing Ceremony and because the Sisters wore their hair quite short under the veil, the Community didn't want to upset the families. Sometimes the parents were more upset about the thought of their daughter with very short hair than the new novice was.) Other Communities cut off more than a token amount of hair during the clothing ceremony itself. In yet another variation, for at least one Community I've heard of, the hair isn't cut at clothing, but at first profession.

I suspect that if we listed twenty different Communities here, we would find twenty different customs regarding when the hair was cut, how long the hair is worn, how often hair is cut, etc. etc.

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7 hours ago, sr.christinaosf said:

Cut it when it starts getting long and starts sticking out from underneath the veil.

Just did mine last week in the back.  I have another sister cut my bangs, though. :)

So you all cut your own hair? I would do that too (at the moment I go to a hairdresser or we have a friend of ours, who is a hairdresser, come to the convent and cut our hair for us) but as I don't wear a veil (yet) any mistakes I'd make would be plainly visible!
Cutting my own hair reminds me of when my younger sister decided she wanted a fringe, so cut her own hair. She was eight years old or thereabouts. It was absolutely terrible (she gave herself a very uneven 2cm fringe) which thankfully has been immortalised in her school photographs. :hehe2:

And back to nightgowns/pyjamas, last month I bought myself a rabbit onesie. It's very warm to sleep in. :) 

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In many (most in the US) communities, hairstyle is up to the individual, and veils aren't worn, or are optional. This is also true in many contemplative as well as active communities.  Of course, this is merely an incidental dimension of religious life....

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Postulant Christina

In my community most sisters have short hair because it's easier to maintain, especially since we wake up so early for prayers, the less time spending on your hair the better :) Most sisters right before investiture cut their hair short to keep the monastic tradition, but it is her choice. We have one sister who has longer hair as long as her veil keeps her hair covered. I think I will have my hair cut shorter when I receive the habit because I want to keep the monastic tradition and also it's just easier to have short hair.

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On 2/8/2016 at 11:29 PM, dominicansoul said:

I received a tonsure, without realizing i needed permission to do something like that.  The others in the novitiate who witnessed me getting a tonsure told others in the novitiate (cos they thought it was pretty cool i did that.)  St. Dominic is my spiritual father so I wanted a tonsure like his.  So I shaved my hair but the top, and put a little tonsure in there in his honor.  

When Sr. JA got a whiff of what happened, she and Mother approached me and asked if i had received a tonsure at my head shaving, and I said yes.  Their reactions were quite different than what I expected.  lol.  >.<

I wanted to clarify on the superiors reactions.  I meant to say Sr JAs reaction was as I expected (she was laughing hysterically) while my Mothers reaction was a major convent face palm.  

 

Point is, each community's veiling is unique to them and the cutting or shaving of ones locks has some meaning and shouldn't be taken too lightly.  

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