Can a Woman Braid Her Hair to Perform a Ritual Bath and Only Wash the Roots?

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Question: I am a woman with very long hair and I find it very difficult to make a ritual bath daily. Is there a way to ease this process?

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

You can braid your hair before you bathe, and then wash the roots of the hair on your head, without wetting the braided hair- even though wetting this would be superior. As for simply putting your hair into a bun, this would not be sufficient.

Please see: Is It Obligatory for Women to Wash All Their Hair After Intercourse? and: Can a Woman Braid Her Hair Just Before Performing a Ghusl to Avoid to Wash All of It? and: The Ritual Bath (ghusl): Obligatory, Recommended, and Disliked Acts

And Allah Most High alone knows best.


Tabraze Azam

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