54 responses to How do Amish women put up their hair?
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    Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 5th, 2011 at 06:14)

    This was very interesting seeing how it is done. This is one of the things I have always wondered about with regards to the Amish. Do their hairstyles differ, just like their caps differ?

    As a headcovering non-Amish Christian I share the view that hair must not be hidden all the time and I don’t think there is any shame in showing the hair but since I want to live a life in prayer the covering will need to be on most of the time anyway. At home I often remove it because it is easy to put it on once I want to pray while outside the house that cannot be done so there I am always covered. I forgot my covering once this summer and I felt almost naked, it has become such a natural thing now to wear.

    How do Amish women put up their hair?

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      Debra McCullar
      Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (February 21st, 2013 at 22:21)

      I too wear a covering as a Plain Catholic and have to admit I have learned much from the Amish when it comes to how to bun longer hair. I do at times wear mine down under a veil but as I get too many comments on its length I wear it up more often than not.

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    jackie
    Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 5th, 2011 at 07:05)

    I would like to know how the lancaster Amish get the hair Parted in the middle and “twisted” back on either side to follow the face into the bun? I have tried and tried and cant get it to work for me.

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      Apple-bisquits
      Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (November 18th, 2013 at 15:31)

      @Jackie (and others who may be interested).

      You’ll need longer hair.
      Part your hair down the middle. Take one side (as if your going to put it in pig tails) and twist, pull and hold in the back. Do the same with the other side. Once done, pull together both sides to the back, clamp with a very large barette or soft-band. Pull (the now pony tail) upward and twist & tawist in the back, then twirl into a bun. Pin with large “Amish” Hair Pins (you can get these at most country stores).

      Use a Hair NET to cover your bun…this is for practicality. Your pins will pop out if you dont, get lost, and worse cause your covering to “rise up” with pins poking out the sides. It should easily all fit under your covering with a part in the front. Hope this helps.

      How do Amish women put up their hair?

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    Nadege
    Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 5th, 2011 at 07:05)

    What is a “pajama gown”?

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    Theresa
    Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 5th, 2011 at 07:08)

    I wear a white kapp to church and when not in church, I wear a prayer veil. My hair is always covered except when I’m at home.

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    Ruth
    Comment on The Part (October 5th, 2011 at 07:24)

    The Part

    The little girls start having there hair parted at a very young age so it just naturally parts for them. I use to wear a head covering until I came across the passage right after it talks bout having the hair covered, where it says we have no such customs and neither does the church of God. I feel very comfortable with out it and trust me God hears and answers my prayers!

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      Lissa Holder
      Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 5th, 2011 at 10:46)

      @ Ruth, Where in the bible would that passage be??

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        Ruth
        Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 5th, 2011 at 11:10)

        Lissa Holder, it is found in 1 Corinthians 11.

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          Lissa Holder
          Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 5th, 2011 at 11:35)

          Thank You!

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          Michael McCartan
          Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (August 8th, 2012 at 11:01)

          I intend no disrespect, but that verse he penned was written with sarcasm. The point he was making is that the men and women that consider themselves Christians did honor what he wrote. If his point had been that men could/should have long hair then he would have expressed it clearly. Likewise with women he would not have commented on what even nature says. His point was that the churches of God DO honor these precepts, and likewise all that consider themselves saints. When the verse is read with a sarcastic tone, it validates all the verses that are written before it. Men having cut and uncovered hair is as called for as women having uncut and covered hair. I’m not one for arguing but to see a misinterpretation pains my hy heart. If responses follow this, I’ll accept the opinions of the commentators by holding my peace. Yes that verse is in there, but his point by saying so was formost that the church of God does hold that standard.

          Lord Bless You

          How do Amish women put up their hair?

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            Lydia Beechy
            Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (November 19th, 2012 at 12:52)

            Sir, I cannot believe that ANY part of the Bible was written in or with Sarcasm. It is the Holy Word of God.

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      Jessica
      Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 5th, 2011 at 23:10)

      I’ve only just recently started wearing a bandana in church. To my knowledge, I am the only person who does for the 1 Cor. 11 reason. I disagree with your interpretation of Paul’s statement at the end of the passage, but that is for another time and place. :)

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    Stephen B.
    Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 5th, 2011 at 07:27)

    This seems to work well because it seems to me that most Amish women have rather straight hair. I wonder, however, how well this would work for women of other ethnicities with much less cooperative hair types?

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    Robin Miller
    Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 5th, 2011 at 07:57)

    I notice that Amish women from different communities not only differ their hairstyles but also their kapps. I am most familiar with the Southern Maryland and Lancaster County communities where the women “twist” the front sides when putting up their hair and wear the heart-shaped kapps. Also, I’ve noticed clothing differences. Interesting!

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      Sandra Amishdriver
      Comment on aamish hairbuns (November 13th, 2014 at 17:33)

      aamish hairbuns

      In my area most Amish women and girls take finger sized sections of the ponytail, twist it and pin it down, then do another until all is twisted into a bun. I notice some have very red patches at the nape of the neck where it rubs. I do occasionally see someone with it down and will no longer comment on how long it is. I had thought they might be somewhat proud of how long it is but now I know better. Thanks. I still have much to learn, I see.

      aamish hairbuns

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    Naomi
    Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 5th, 2011 at 08:12)

    I’d like to offer another perspective on hair covering. Throughout much of history, it has been common practice for both men and women to wear some sort of head covering when away from home (although I acknowledge biblical headship as well). It seems to me that the trend to be uncovered grew as every one started taking a daily shower, instead of a once a week (or less!) bath. I became aware of this when my family moved the other way, from taking a daily shower to a once a week bath! My husband washes his hair in the sink before going to work, but when he doesn’t have to go to work he just throws on a baseball cap. I put my hair up and cover it with a bandana, except when I need to wash my hair to be “dressed up.”

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    Marilyn fron New York
    Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 5th, 2011 at 08:24)

    I use to have terrible trouble with my neck. The pain in it was terrible. I went to doctors and even wore a brace on my neck. My hair was long and I wore it in a twist in the back. When I moved from the north to Florida (I have since moved back up north), I had my hair cut-I haven’t had trouble with my neck since. Since that time I have worn my hair short. Also when I let my long hair done, especially in the heat, my neck would break out. I admire those that have long hair, but I can’t do that anymore.

    How do Amish women put up their hair?

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      Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 6th, 2011 at 16:19)

      Marilyn I hate to hear about your neck touble but it also makes me curious-you must have had a lot of hair! I wonder if neck exercises are an option for people in that situation.

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    Lucy
    Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 5th, 2011 at 08:30)

    Jackie, the hair is parted and the very edges of the hair at the front of the head is twisted inwards, and held in place with hair pins or barettes.The bun is then placed low at the back of the head.It’s quite an easy hairstyle to do.

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      jackie
      Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 6th, 2011 at 08:55)

      Thanks Lucy, Thats kinds how I pictured it. I guess since I have very thick wavy hair its not too easy for me. :( I will keep trying as I never wear my hair down and need a new ideas for work.

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      Annie
      Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (August 23rd, 2012 at 12:27)

      I’ve tried so many times to get that swist right like the amish woman have and I just cant get it right, there’s look so neat, just cant get it that way.

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      Theresa
      Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (August 28th, 2012 at 15:51)

      Lucy could you give step be step instructions on this? If it not too much bother? I put mine in a pony tail, then braid it , then wrap it in a bun & pin with large bobby pins. I’m trying to get away from the initial pony tail.

      Thanks Theresa

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    linda saul
    Comment on amish women and there hair (October 5th, 2011 at 08:53)

    amish women and there hair

    I am glad to see that the women do not go bald from wearing a cap all the time because it is a know fact that most men ( the English ) who wear a baseball cap all the time end up going balled.

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      OldKat
      Comment on Oh, I see ... (October 5th, 2011 at 13:26)

      Oh, I see ...

      Now THAT would have been a handy thing to know about 35 years ago or so! Guess who has probably 40 to 50 baseball style caps and not much hair?

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    Annmarie
    Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 5th, 2011 at 09:02)

    When I saw this post, I thought it was going to show the typical hairstyle of Lancaster Amish. The hair parted down the middle and twisted with the low bun. I love that style, and periodically do my 6 year old daughters hair like that. All I can say is practice makes (near)perfect. :)

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    Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 5th, 2011 at 11:25)

    I love some of the different buns look. Me being all thumbs, find a flat bun covered with a net the best way to go. And I do cover at home and out and about. I have an older kapp that I wear if I am doing some messy work. Interesting article!

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    Christina
    Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 5th, 2011 at 12:50)

    That was a wonderful article and a very nice website I might add! I like how the photographer never got a front shot of the girl’s face.

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    Comment on Hair and Covering (October 5th, 2011 at 12:56)

    Hair and Covering

    My own long hair is uncut, but I don’t need to go to the lengths (pun intended) Amish women do when I put it under my kapp, as it is naturally fine. My own thought is that covering is a Christian witness, but not required unless one is in a church with an ordnung about it. Throughout history “decent” women covered away from home and this did not change until the late days of the 1800s. So if it was done by Christian women in the days of the apostles until almost 2000 years later, then the obvious interpretation of Paul’s letters concerning covering meant that he and the early church interpreted the theology of headship to be that women covered. (As always in prayer.) But any verse in the Bible can be turned to suit our own desires, can’t it? For more on covering, see my other blog http://magdalenaperks.wordpress.com. It is called “Anglican, Plain” and I have written extensively on this subject.

    Hair and Covering

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      Natalie
      Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (November 14th, 2011 at 23:12)

      Hello Magdalena,

      Thank you so much for the address to your word press blog! I just went there. . . It looks wonderful. I will be spending plenty of time there reading & catching up until current. I did try to sign up to have new posts come to my email, however it did not work for me, just sent me to a short list of prior posts?

      Blessings ,

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    Debbie Welsh
    Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 5th, 2011 at 16:50)

    Linda Saul – Unfortunately, Amish women do go bald over time where their hair is parted, and especially the ones in Lancaster who tightly twist the hair on the sides as well.

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    Robin Miller
    Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 6th, 2011 at 07:51)

    I grew up in the Methodist faith during the 1950s and 1960s. My mother wouldn’t be caught going into church without a hat on her head. She also made sure that I had several cute little hats to wear on Sunday. Her explanation was that it showed respect to our Lord. We relaxed as we neared the 1970s. I can also remember going to the Catholic church with my best friend during the week when she would say her confessions. Her mother had pretty little lace head coverings, all ready for them in her purse. She also made sure that this little Protestant girl had her head covered with a Kleenex … :-)bb

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    kerry
    Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 6th, 2011 at 13:19)

    Speaking of hair…I just read this in this morning’s paper (Ohio). Not sure if allowed to post URL’s here? So I copied and pasted. Hope it’s allowed (if not, just remove).

    Times-Reporter

    STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County sheriff says a renegade group has been attacking fellow Amish, cutting off their hair and beards.

    Sheriff Fred Abdalla in Steubenville said Thursday that his deputies have been hampered by the reluctance of Amish to press charges.

    His office is working with sheriffs in Carroll, Holmes and Trumbull counties investigating attacks. No charges have been filed but several victims suffered minor injuries.

    The sheriff says men and sometimes women from a group of families disavowed by mainstream Amish have terrorized a half dozen or more fellow Amish. They allegedly cut the beards off men and the hair off men and women.

    The sheriff says the motive may be related to religious differences involving 18 Amish families who have drawn previous attention from law enforcement.

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      Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 6th, 2011 at 16:29)

      Kerry thanks for sharing- wild story. Ive heard of some semi aggressive behavior from disgruntled groups (ie vandalism) but never anything so direct. BTW Sharing urls is fine here, It doesnt link out but allows for copy paste.

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    Jessica
    Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 6th, 2011 at 22:56)

    I’ve tried that style of bun but it seems like either my hair is too heavy or I’m just not good at placing the pins. The bun always slides down and “bunches” low at my neck through the day. Right now I part my hair in the middle with a twist (I think it’s the opposite of the Lancaster twist) and put it up high in a twisting cinnamon-bun way. It’s not as flat and I don’t know how it would fit under a kapp (I wear hanging veils) but it stays better. One thing about long hair – it’s HEAVY!

    How do Amish women put up their hair?

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    Dr._K
    Comment on hair loss (October 7th, 2011 at 07:55)

    hair loss

    The rumor about hats and hair loss is not accurate. Please follow this link (cut and paste – http://www.hair-loss-adviser.com/do_hats_cause_baldness.html). Good article once more, Erik

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    Comment on Thank You (October 12th, 2011 at 10:52)

    Thank You

    Thanks to all of you who commented on our photo essay. It was more work than I imagined it would be and I’m grateful for the response. Taking the photos without showing Christina’s face was tricky!

    I’m very thankful to Mary and Christina for allowing me to document the process. Like most Amish mothers, Mary is a very busy woman. I think we photographed the hair-pinning at about 11:00am, and prior that she made breakfast for her family of eleven, washed the dishes, slaughtered and cleaned 25 chickens, and baked a mid-morning snack (cinnamon buns) for her husband’s 10 workers.

    Thank You

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    Lindsay
    Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 12th, 2011 at 22:04)

    Oi, I have extremely thick hair, and having it long is just not an option…hot and heavy!

    I live in a neighborhood with man orthodox Jews…both men and women wear head coverings. The women are very veiled…to wear you can’t see their hair line at all. The men wear yarmulkes, and some ar these 10 gallon hat type hats black. I wonder if they follow the same scripture as mentioned above in this post?

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      Daryl
      Comment on Jewish customs (January 30th, 2012 at 13:59)

      Jewish customs

      Jews do not use the same scriptures for head coverings as the head covering scriptures are only found in the NT.(1Cor.11:1-16)
      Jewish men cover their heads to show reverence for God and men are not to walk more than four paces without a covering. Jewish women only cover when married, as beautiful hair is considered a visual attraction for the opposite sex and once married it is to be reserved for the husbands viewing pleasure only.Both teaching are from the Talmud and not the Bible.

      Jewish customs

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    Theresa
    Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (November 24th, 2011 at 21:01)

    I read the article & looked at the pictures, I even watched a video on u tube about a Swartzentruber Amish lady putting up her hair. I have the same problem as some of the orther readers on here, that is I am either all thumbs or my hair won’t hold. right now I put it in a pony tail, braid that secure the end & wrap it into a bun & secure that with 4 large bobby pins. I am looking for a way to NOT use the pony tail method because of broken ends of hair. Are there any more articles that you (Ercik) or anyone else would know about? Thank You in advance.

    How do Amish women put up their hair?

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      Linda
      Comment on How to make a hair bun (October 17th, 2012 at 07:26)

      How to make a hair bun

      Theresa, you may be interested in this link,
      http://www.prayercoverings.com/pages/howtomakeabun.php.
      It has nine ways of how to make a hair bun.

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        Theresa
        Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 18th, 2012 at 08:58)

        Thank You Linda for the information. They all look nicely done, I’ll have to practice!!

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      Linda
      Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (October 17th, 2012 at 07:50)

      Sorry, if the direct link does not work for you, try
      www.prayercoverings.com/,
      then scroll down on the left, and click on “How to Make a Bun.”

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    Traci Banville
    Comment on Braiding. (October 16th, 2012 at 21:50)

    Braiding.

    Amish women do not braid, or rather “plait” their hair. That would not be “plain”.

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    Lydia Beechy
    Comment on Once Amish, problems with thick hair... (November 19th, 2012 at 12:45)

    Once Amish, problems with thick hair...

    I myself once being Amish have witnessed many a friend or relative putting up their hair. Cousins of mine have very thick hair. They put it up in a pony tail most of us aren’t worried about breakage, especially when it’s so thick. Then twist, wrap it around and it is then secured by those sweet little inventions, small black hair claws. It works very well for them. Their prayer veil is then placed over the bun and secured with black bobby pins.

    The different styles for the clothing, hair coverings, etc are chosen by the church district, usually these have been in place for many years. Most don’t know why it’s done that way, just the way it’s always been done. It seperates them from the different districts. An outsider wouldn’t notice some of the smaller details, but the Amish can tell by looking where someone else is from. Some districts remain strickter than others. In Indiana we can use elastic waists for everyday dresses, not allowed in some other Amish settlements.
    Also, the Pennsylvania Dutch can be a tad different depending on where your from. Friends of our from Ohio use some different words than those from Indiana, for example.

    Some Amish women do braid their hair, especially at bed time, again depending on their district ordnung. Swartzentruber Amish are some of the stricktess Amish out there. No running water, no gas lamps, no screens on the windows, no window coverings, no upostered furniture, no mattress’s on beds, they fill their beds with straw. My husband and I didn’t know these things off hand but learned them from our ex-swartzentruber friends.
    Anyway, hope that helped clear up some questions.

    Once Amish, problems with thick hair...

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    Comment on Thick hair (November 22nd, 2012 at 11:55)

    Thick hair

    I wonder what women do that have extremely heavy hair like mine. If I let my hair grow very long (it used to be long enough that I could sit on it) or if I try to wear barrettes or bobby pins in it, I get terrible headaches. Headaches so bad that basically they end up being 24/7. I finally had to cut my hair in 1983 because of this. I have let it get back to my waist before, but still couldn’t put any pins in it & still had headaches, just not quite as bad. For my daughter’s wedding 2 years ago, the hairdresser that she used for our hair told me that she could place the pins so that I wouldn’t get a headache, but I still did.

    Thick hair

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    Comment on braiding is not biblical (December 31st, 2012 at 13:52)

    braiding is not biblical

    Paul WAS in fact VERY aggressive and in many verses he does give off a negative / sarcastic expression. He clearly states , as do at least 3 other places in the bible that we are to live a FULLY circumcised life, in every way, not interpreting anything, but using our own Holy Spirit filled best judgement on what we believe is RIGHT to do for God. If your logic for (interpreting – bad) what God wants is that you prefer this or that, then that is not being done FOR God, which is the entire point. I have read these verses many many times trying to figure out what God wants for my life and i read the verses that braiding is for vanity as is jewelry, of those times, (Paul was referencing Jesus’ teaching Lk 12:54 through57) THEREFORE, IF you are vain about yourself, your hair, your jewels, your dress attire, THEN you NEED to do SOMETHING to GIVE that to God, to live every moment, in every way filled with The Holy Spirit, Christlike. The coverings show unlimited reverence and respect to God, regadless of whatever we find easy, comfortable, or attractive. 1 Cor 11, Rm 15:16, Rm 12:1-2, Rm 8, Jn 15, Lk 14;24, 1 Cor 10:23, 2 Cor 3:16; 4:2; 5:12; 8:3, Gal 4:18-20; 5, Eph 2, Phil 2….. Paul clearly states in MANY letters that the POINT is NOT the covering or the hair, BUT YOUR HEART AND FULL SUBMISSION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT….. May God Bless You All <3

    braiding is not biblical

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    Linda
    Comment on Amish Women in store without kapp (August 10th, 2013 at 11:18)

    Amish Women in store without kapp

    Recently, I was in Fort Plain in an Amish run grocery store.Formerly J.R’s Groceries, but now u nder a new name and owenership. They told me it was still run by Amish.
    One Amish young lady (around age 19 or so) dressed in blue had a kapp on, the other, dressed in brown, did not. Her hair was all pinned up though. Two other Amish younger girls in brown, also did not have kapps on, but hair pinned up. They had pins in their dresses, so I know they were Amish. I didn’t have the nerve to ask why they did not don their kapps.
    Any info would be appreciated. Thanks. – Linda-

    Amish Women in store without kapp

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      Apple-bisquits
      Comment on How do Amish women put up their hair? (November 18th, 2013 at 15:44)

      The younger ones may not have been baptized — i.e. full church members yet. Baptisim would occur later, late teens/early adult

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