The effect of hair ‘highlights’ on wudhoo’
Fatwa No: 39045

  • Fatwa Date:26-1-2014 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 25, 1435
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What is the Sharee‘ah ruling on using hair highlights? I heard a Fatwa here in Saudi Arabia that highlights is a heavy dye that prevents water from reaching the skin, consequently, it renders Wudhoo’ (ablution) invalid.


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, is His slave and Messenger.

A hair dye which has no substance that remains tangible on the hair or skin and thus does not prevent water from reaching the organs of Wudhoo’, does not invalidate Wudhoo’. It is like henna that the women of the righteous predecessors used. At-Tabari  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him transmitted the scholars' consensus that it is permissible to be used.

Any traces of a dye whose substance remains tangible on the body or hair, must be removed.

Allaah Knows best.

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