Lock of hair

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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 (dictionary.com).

Symbolic value[edit]

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


See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims' Progress, Mark Twain, 1869
  2. ^ El Maghreg: 1200 Miles' Ride Through Morocco, Hugh Edward Millington Stutfield
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ The sinister side: how left-right symbolism shaped Western art, James Hall, p. 278