Ruling on offering eyebrow shaping and hair extension in beauty parlor
Fatwa No: 298810

Question

Assalam o alaikum My mother owns a ladies' beauty parlour, having about 25 employees. We have already discontinued full body waxing and full body bleaching. But she has 2 questions: 1. We read on islamweb that shaping the eyebrows is haram unless there is a deformation which needs to be corrected. A. Should we discontinue the eyebrow service altogether? Or when a client asks for it should we inquire first, and if they want proper shaping then we should decline politely? B. If we explain to our workers about the fatwa. And still they are willing to make the client's eyebrows, are we also getting the gunaah for it because it is happening at our place? 2. Temporary hair extensions: we have temporary hair extensions which women attach (with wax) to the hair when they are menstruating (because they would not be doing wudu) and remove a week later when they have to perform wudu. A. Is this lawful? B. Some people do not care for namaz. And we cannot ask everyone their intention before giving them the extensions. Should we discontinue them altogether?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

We stated in previous Fataawa that we excluded from the forbidden shaping of the eyebrows the case when the density of the hair of the eyebrows reaches an extent that is unusual and is considered a deformity to the face. In this case, it is permissible to minimize it only to the extent of removing the deformity.

Accordingly, if you are able to determine this exceptional kind of removing the eyebrows and limit yourselves to only this, then you can keep this service, though we recommend that you discontinue this service altogether to avoid the forbidden plucking of the eyebrows in some cases. For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 81950, 84824 and 84865.

As regards the insistence of some of your female employees to provide the eyebrow plucking service, you must prevent them from doing so, even by dismissing them from work if they do not comply with your orders; otherwise, you will be sinful by allowing them do it, as it involves cooperating in sin and transgression.

As regards providing the service of temporary hair extensions, it is not permissible and you are obliged to stop this service permanently. Extending hair with other hair is emphatically forbidden, and the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) cursed those who do it for themselves or others, as he said: “May Allaah curse the women who attach hair to hair and the women to who get their hair attached, and may He curse the women who tattoo, and those who get tattooed.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

For more benefit, please refer to Fatwa 217561.

As regards just wearing a wig, the view we adopt here on Islamweb is that it is permissible as it does not involve the forbidden type of joining extensions to the hair. For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 90912 and 97320.

Allaah Knows best.

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