Using treatment for hair fall that turns hair black
Fatwa No: 364153

Question

Assalaamu alaykum. Sir, I have a problem with hair fall and premature greying of hair. I have heard that homemade onion seed oil is very good for controlling hair fall but that it also causes blackening of hair. It is not allowed to color the hair black in Islam, so I am confused as to whether or not I can use this oil for the purpose of controlling hair fall only and not with the intention of turning the hair black. So, if after using it, my grey hair turns black (as an additive action of the oil while this was not my primary purpose of using the oil), will that be a sin for me? Am I allowed to use it or not? May Allah reward you.

Answer

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

First of all, we say that dyeing hair with a pure black color is subject to a difference of opinion among the scholars. The majority of the scholars held that it is disliked, and the Shaafi'i School held that it is forbidden.

The view which we adopt here at Islamweb is that there is no harm in using the oil that is used for treatment, even if it leads to turning the hair black, provided that it does not include any impurity and does not cause any harm. In this case, it is used as a treatment and not for dyeing with black, especially given that the forbiddance of dyeing with black that is mentioned in the hadeeth is not explicit in prohibiting it [it may only mean that it is disliked].

The scholars said regarding the incident wherein the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) forbade the Companions from dyeing the hair of Abu Quhaafah black that it was because of his appearance (his old age). Dyeing with black is only suitable for those who have a radiant (youthful) face, but in Abu Quhaafah's case, it would be shameful because it would not suit someone with his appearance, and there is no problem with that.

Az-Zuhri said, "We used to dye with black when we were young (had a radiant face), but when our face started to wrinkle and our teeth started to fall, we stopped doing it."

The narration of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) that some people at the end of time will dye with black does not indicate that it is forbidden. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) informed us that the sign of the Kharijites is that they shave their heads, and no one has ever said that it is prohibited to shave the head because of that.

Since there is no explicit statement that indicates the prohibition and the majority of the scholars are of the view that it is only disliked [and not forbidden], we do not restrict the one who needs a treatment for hair fall from using it, even if the treatment leads to changing the gray hair to black.

Allah knows best.

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