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

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


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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! Commented Apr 18, 2012 at 22:40
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    HaRav Yaakov Kaminetzky in Emet LeYaakov holds the same way. Commented Apr 20, 2012 at 18:54

A married woman need not add a Tichel over her Sheitl. Maaris Aiyen is probably not relevant because those that know the man know he has no hair & those that don't know him Maaris Aiyen doesn't apply. A bad hairpiece can cause a Chilul Hashem.

  • The reason behind wearing a sheitel and the reason behind wearing a kippa are different enough I’m not sure you can generalize from one to the other.
    – DonielF
    Commented Mar 15, 2020 at 15:04
  • Or rather: Just like a man should wear an additional head covering over his toupee to avoid maris ayin, so to must a woman wear an additional head covering over her sheitel for the same reason.
    – Adám
    Commented Mar 17, 2020 at 7:59

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