Are Wigs and Hair Extensions Permissible?


Source: Fatwa Online : Ruling concerning wearing wigs

Question:  Is it allowed for a woman to use a wig to beautify herself for her husband? Is this considered part of the prohibition of adding hair to one’s hair?


Wigs are forbidden and are considered a type of adding hair to one’s hair. Although it is not exactly that, it makes the woman’s hair look longer than it is and becomes similar to adding hair. The Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) cursed the one who does the adding of hair as well as the one who requested it. However, if the woman does not have any hair upon her head, for example, if she is bald, then she may use a wig to cover up that blemish as it is considered permissible to remove blemishes. For example, the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) allowed the man who had his nose cut off during a battle to wear a fake nose of gold. The matter is more flexible than that. It might also include the question of having plastic surgery to fix a small nose and so forth. However, beautification is not the same as removing a blemish. If the matter is that of removing a blemish, there is no harm in it, such as when the nose is crooked and needs to be straightened or the removal of a beauty mark. There is no harm in such acts. But it is not to remove a blemish, such as tattooing or removing eyebrow hairs, then it is forbidden. Using a wig, even with the permission and approval of the husband, is forbidden for there is permission or approval in matters that Allaah has forbidden.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen
Fataawa al-Mar.ah

Hair Extensions

Source: Fatwa Online : The ruling regarding hair extensions
Question: What is the ruling regarding a woman having hair extensions?

 It is haraam for a woman to have hair extensions using (real) hair or that which resembles (real) hair for the authentic evidences which mention this (prohibition).

And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa
Head: Shaykh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Ibn Abdullaah Ibn Baaz;
Deputy Head: Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razzaaq ‘Afeefee;
Member: Shaykh ‘Abdullaah Ibn Ghudayyaan
Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-’Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa., - Volume 5, Page 193, Question 10 of Fatwa No.9850;
Fataawa wa Ahkaam fee Sha’r an-Nisaa - Question 5, Page 8
Bukhari :: Book 7 :: Volume 72 :: Hadith 817
Narrated 'Aisha :
An Ansari girl was married and she became sick and all her hair fell out intending to provide her with false hair. They asked the Prophet who said, "Allah has cursed the lady who artificially lengthens (her or someone else's) hair and also the one who gets her hair lengthened."

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