Women who practice Islam follow a specific set of principles regarding how they are to adorn themselves. The rules are mostly cut and dry, but when it comes to
If you practice Islam and are considering
*This informational article is accurate as of the time of its writing. Also, the views expressed in Islam do not necessarily reflect the views of Curl Centric.
Hair Extensions Haram?
The main rule that prohibits extension-wearing for women is expressed when the messenger of Allah said “May Allah curse the one who adds
It clearly states that both women who wear
It is also believed that the Prophet forbade women from adorning their heads with extension hair. Wearing extensions as a female follower of Islam is not a small offense either.
In fact, it is deemed a major sin which is thought to bring about misfortune and uncleanness of spirit. Even if you’re dealing with hair loss (or “hair fall” in some cultures),
According to seekersguidance.org, synthetic and animal fur-derived extensions may be permitted in some cases. This is because
But, as many of us know, you can find synthetic
Why Extensions Are Haram?
Some may wonder, “what’s so bad about extensions?” Well, scholars and leaders of Islam believe that
Caring for and presenting your natural, unaltered self to others is very important in Islamic religion and wearing extensions is seen as a transgression against Allah, who created you the way you were destined to be.
So, great emphasis is placed on caring for your hair and not using hair enhancements or hairpieces.
Should You Avoid
If your goal is to strictly abide by the Islamic rules, human
But when you get into synthetic
So, if you decide to try out synthetic
You should also stay away from full synthetic/non-human hair wigs or weaves, as they may be seen as haram to some people.
If you want to be entirely in the clear, go for partial synthetic extensions that don’t completely cover your hair. When they only partially cover the hair, wearing them won’t seem like attempted deception.
What are Synthetic
Benefits of Synthetic
- They are cheap. Synthetic hair is much cheaper than human hair, which is why it is so popular. Human hair is often several times more expensive than synthetic hair because it comes from the head of a human, so it’s real hair. If you want to save money you can wear non-human hair (or synthetic extensions) to save some money.
- They hold their original style well. During manufacturing, synthetic
hair extensionsare often set into a particular curl or wave pattern. Whatever texture it has right out of the box should remain for the entire time you own your synthetic hair extensions.
- They come in a variety of fun colors. Though you may not wear bold colors while you’re out and about, you can enjoy experimenting with colorful synthetic extensions in private.
Drawbacks of Synthetic
- They tangle easily. Synthetic hair is known for its tendency to tangle and the longer the extensions are, the more tangled they may get. So, if you do decide to try synthetic extensions, you’ll need to make sure that you always have a comb nearby.
- They don’t look natural. To the untrained eye, synthetic extensions are a good alternative for human hair. But particularly observant people can instantly tell when extensions are synthetic. Synthetic extensions have an unnatural shine and can be stiff. These are telltale signs that the extensions are not your natural hair.
Where to Buy Synthetic Hair
Now that you know that synthetic hair is potentially not haram, we’ll bet you want to find out how to get your hands on some. Synthetic
Sally Beauty Supply and local beauty supply stores usually carry synthetic hair. You may also be able to find it in large department stores.
If you prefer to shop online, Amazon is a great place to start – you’ll find all types of synthetic extensions at various price points there.
Types of Synthetic Extensions to Choose From
- Clip-in extensions: Clip-in extensions allow you to add streaks of color, thickness, or length to your natural hair just by clipping in small wefts of hair. These extensions are a lot of fun since they come in every color of the rainbow. Just be sure to remove your clip-in extensions every night before you go to bed.
- Tape-in extensions: Tape-in extensions are designed to be adhered to your hair using tape. These are good for anyone who has strong, undamaged hair. If your hair is damaged or fine, you should pass on tape-in extensions. They could rip your hair out at the roots.
- Braiding extensions: If you are into braids, grab yourself some synthetic braiding hair and get to plaiting. Braiding hair is most often made of kanekalon, yaki, or toyokalon fiber, all of which are manmade. But before you braid your hair up, assess its health and give it the care it needs.
- Synthetic wigs: Synthetic wigs, sometimes considered a form of extensions, cover the entire head. They are particularly helpful for anyone who wants to wear wigs try out new styles or conceal hair loss.
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Just to recap – human and pig
But if you want to be completely safe under Islamic rules, avoiding all extensions (and any other hair that’s not your real hair) is your best bet. We hope that this article has helped clear up some of the uncertainty surrounding
Kenneth Byrd holds a BS in Accounting and Management Information Systems and an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a serial hair blogger that has been writing about hair care since 2008, when he co-founded Curl Centric and Natural Hair Box. Curl Centric is a website operated by a husband and wife team that encourages healthy hair care.