Lock Of Hair?

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-15-2003
Lock Of Hair?
Mon, 06-16-2003 - 10:56am
I am really close with my bf but we are somewhat long distance for the summer. He is always talking about how much he loves my hair and how it smells, he is just so sweet! He has even mentioned before he wants a lock of my hair. I was thinking I could actually do that, does anyone know what it has meant in the past for someone to give a lock of hair? I know people do it for their kids when they are babies, but what about in a relationship? I don't want to go do something that's totally taboo or weird, I would love some advice, thanks!
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-02-2003
In reply to: spiritled19
Mon, 06-16-2003 - 11:34am
Hi Spiritled.

I've never heard of an individual requesting a lock of someone's hair. It may be an attempt of his to keep you close to him while you two are so far apart. But I think a photograph or an article of clothing of yours or something could satisfy that.

But it's always what you feel comfortable doing......

I dated a Jamaican guy once before and he would always tell me that the easiest way to put a "root" on someone would be to get a lock of that person's hair. I had never even begun to think about the validity of his statement, but that just popped in my mind after reading your post!


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Registered: 05-06-2003
In reply to: spiritled19
Mon, 06-16-2003 - 4:40pm
He probably just wants something to keep close to him that has your scent and reminds him of you. It's sweet, really.

There IS a superstition about it that goes something like this:

A gift of a lock of hair between lovers is an act of surrender and faith. It's believed in the laws of magic that such a gift will give the recipient absolute power over the life of the donor.

But IMHO, that's a bunch of gobbledy-gook. It's just a lock of hair! If you want to give him one, go ahead. If you don't, then maybe you could give him a different souvenir, like panties or a t-shirt, or something!