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A hair wreath from the 19th century with a lock of hair in the center, in the collection of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

A lock of hair is a piece or pieces of hair that has been cut from, or remains singly on, a human head, most commonly bunched or tied together in some way. A standard dictionary definition defines a lock as a tress, curl, or ringlet of hair.[1]

Symbolic value

Preserved locks of the hair of Percy and Mary Shelley now in the British Library.

Locks of hair carry symbolic value and have been utilized throughout history in various religious, superstitious, sentimental and romantic meaning.

See also


  1. ^ Unabridged. "the definition of lock". Retrieved 2017-06-17.
  2. ^ The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims' Progress, Mark Twain, 1869
  3. ^ El Maghreg: 1200 Miles' Ride Through Morocco, Hugh Edward Millington Stutfield
  4. ^ "Lock of hair makes its way through history". Jewish News of Greater Phoenix. Archived from the original on 10 June 2012.
  5. ^ "RCIN 612170 - Christianvs Qvartvs dei Gratia Daniae, Norwegiae". Royal Collection. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  6. ^ Hall, James. The sinister side: how left-right symbolism shaped Western art. p. 278.