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Can I Get a Layered Haircut?

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Answered by: Alimah Habiba Akhtar 


Can I get a layer cut hairstyle? Done in this hair is shorter and sometimes longer. Are these hairstyles halal?

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


In shariah, women are not allowed to cut their hair or shave their heads.

Consider the following hadith: It was narrated from ‘Ali: “The Messenger of Allah [SAW] forbade women to shave their heads.” (1)

Lengthened hair is considered a sign of beauty for women.

It is against the shariah to cut the hair for women and thus even in accordance with a husband’s wishes, she may not cut her hair. (2)

Thus, in response to your query, it is impermissible for a woman to cut her hair in layers.

Only Allah knows best

Written by Alimah Habiba Akhtar

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham


أَخْبَرَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ مُوسَى الْحَرَشِيُّ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو دَاوُدَ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا هَمَّامٌ، عَنْ قَتَادَةَ، عَنْ خِلاَسٍ، عَنْ عَلِيٍّ، نَهَى رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَنْ تَحْلِقَ الْمَرْأَةُ رَأْسَهَا ‏.‏

Sunan an-Nasa’i 5049


و فيه: قطعت شعر رأسها أثمت و لعنت زاد في البزازية و ان باذن الزوج لأنه لا طاعة لمخلوق في معصيت الخالق

(Durr ala Tanweer, Vol 6 Page 107, HM Saeed

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