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This question is frequently asked, “Why do you keep hair?” Hair is a gift from God, therefore why should anyone give it away by cutting it? Hair is one of the five articles of faith for Sikhs. Sikhs live the way God made humans and never cut their hair. For Sikhs hair is the symbol of love for God and the respect for everything He has given us. The way God made us is the most beautiful of all.
Once the hair reaches its specific length, it stops growing. If the hair in collection are cut, the body responds by growing the hair to its intended length, the hair will fall and new hair will grow to keep the hair upto to the specific length for that individual. Body will always try to maintain that specific hair length for that individual may it be 12 inches, 30 inches, or 48 inches depending on the genes. It clearly indicates the link of the body with the hair all along its length. Cutting hair puts extra load on the body since the body will always try to grow the hair back to their specific length.
From the scientific point of view, keeping hair is practical because hair has many functions. It traps an insulating layer of still air just outside the skin, and thereby keeping the head cool in summer and warm in winters. Furthermore, hair absorbs harmful ultra violet radiations from the sun and reduces skin cancer. In addition, hair follicles can make androgenic hormones. Axillary hair provides larger surface area for evaporation of sweat. Although Sikhs do not need scientific explanations to keep hair, it is important to note that scientific explanations do indeed exist.