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If one wears a toupee that covers about what a normal kippa would cover, does he also need to wear a kippa?

Does it depend on whether or not people know is a toupee and not just his normal hair?

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It sounds mamosh pashut that it counts either way, but no source. –  Hacham Gabriel Apr 15 '12 at 22:27
    
@HachamGabriel: What do you mean by that? –  wizlog Apr 15 '12 at 23:19
    
See my answer here I think the same applies to this situation. –  Baal Shemot Tovot Apr 16 '12 at 0:38
    
Duplicate of wearing a hat instead of a kipah –  Baal Shemot Tovot Apr 16 '12 at 0:38
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@: If you think that's the answer, please post it as an answer. –  wizlog Apr 16 '12 at 1:52

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Mishna B'rura (2:12) writes that there are those who say that a toupee-wearer must wear a kippa on top of it because of maris ayin, but there are others who say it's not necessary.

In other words: technically, it is a valid head-covering. But since we are worried that people will think that the toupee is his real hair and that he is not wearing a head covering, some say that he must wear an additional (clearly visible) head covering above it. [See also P'ri Megadim (EE 91:4).]

This would imply that if it is obvious that it is not his real hair (e.g. a clown wearing a rainbow wig), then an additional kippa is unnecessary. For practical issues, CYLOR.

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Not if someone grew an Afro and then dyed it. Then it would look like a rainbow wig! –  Adam Mosheh Apr 18 '12 at 22:40
    
HaRav Yaakov Kaminetzky in Emet LeYaakov holds the same way. –  Hacham Gabriel Apr 20 '12 at 18:54

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