Is It Permissible to Shave a Baby Girl’s Head?

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour

Question: Assalaamu alaykum

My daughter is nearly 1.5 years old. We shaved her head on the 7th day after she was born, along with her aqeeqah, and also a couple of times afterwards as she has fine hair in order to help thicken it.

I was advised afterwards that, in fact, it isn’t permissible to shave girls’ heads as it likening them to boys.

Please could you advise if this applies to very young girls.

JazakumAllahu khayran,

Wasalaam

Answer: There is no harm in shaving the hair of a very young girl. For an older girl or a young woman, it is not permissible because it is a disfigurement of their natural beauty (Nafrawi, Fawakih Al Dawani).