Has any reputable posek/rav published a list of guidelines for what would constitute a tzinius wig that is accepted as something one could follow today?

It would seem funny if almost everything in judaism has clear guidelines of what's allowed and not allowed whereas "anything goes" when it comes to how a wig can look.

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    It is totally untrue that almost everything in Judaism has clear guidelines.
    – mevaqesh
    Sep 2, 2016 at 14:22
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    one that covers her hair. That is the point of wearing one.
    – Dude
    Sep 4, 2016 at 1:52
  • @mevaqesh halevai 😭😂
    – ezra
    Sep 6, 2022 at 10:25
  • Vtc as this is community specific and OP ought to ask their LOR for a p'sak halocho
    – ezra
    Sep 6, 2022 at 10:26

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Before one can work out what is considered okay to wear, one needs to be aware of what is incorrect. The famous posek, Rav Pesach Eliyahu Falk zt"l wrote an English sefer called 'Oz Ve-hadar Levusha: Modesty an Adornment for Life' published by Feldheim.

He features a whole chapter that deals with sheitels and the potential issues to watch out for (with source citations to back up his points). In the above link on Google books if you read from page 245 he lists a series of incorrect types of sheitels. Some excerpts are as follows:

Sheitels that are unusual, long or eye-catching

Some sheitels have an unkempt wild look to them. Such sheitels do not comply with the basic requirement of midas hatznius, since a woman wearing such a sheitel will be noticed wherever she goes because of her unusual and disarranged appearance. Also, such sheitels demonstrate a carefree approach to life. This is totally out of character for a tznua who is blessed with Yiras Shomayaim and is constantly careful...Other sheitels have been manufactured or set in elaborate immodest styles are are not fit to be warn in by N'shei Yisroel who are inherently refined and self-effacing.

Long styles

Some sheitels are long and loose, and lie flowingly over the young woman's shoulders or even hang down her back. There could hardly be a more undignified way of fulfilling this mitzvah than to copy hair styles sported by the common females of the umas ha'olam...Many Gedolei Eretz Yisroel (and of other communities) have ruled that women should not wear long sheitels even when the hair is bound together behind the head...

Conspicuous, lop-sided sheitels

Sheitels that a have a deliberate and excessive difference in style on the two sides, e.g. on the right side the hair hangs forward over the eye and covers almost half the face, whilst on the left side it is brushed back behind the ear, are unrefined. This type of style is made to be highly conspicuous.

A Sheitel so well made that it is barely detectable

...it is totally incorrect and against the will of the Torah for a woman to wear a sheitel that has been manufactured to such perfection that to an onlooker (who does not know that she is married) she appears to be an unmarried girl.

The issur to wear a 'window-sheitel'

...This is the "window-sheitel", which is a sheitel with a hole in it. Through it the woman pulls out a section of her own hair This she mingles with the hair of the sheitel that is in the majority, claiming that although her hair improves the appearance of the sheitel, her hair is annulled in the majority of the synthetic hair (בטול ברוב).

So with all of this in mind, a correct sheitel according to Rav Falk would be:

  1. Of a shorter, modest length
  2. Clearly a sheitel (i.e. as opposed to one that looks too real)
  3. Covers the whole head without a hole or any real hair being worked into it
  4. and of a normal (possibly symmetrical?) cut to avoid any conspicuous looks.
  • Alot of this seems to be more hashkafic than halacha,in addition one has to know there is a difference between daas Moshe and Daas Yehudis
    – sam
    Oct 27, 2020 at 16:34
  • As I mention in parentheses: "He features a whole chapter that deals with sheitels and the potential issues to watch out for (with sources to back up his points)". I did not want to make the answer too long. If you look at the pages using the link you will see a number of sources he brings.
    – Dov
    Oct 27, 2020 at 16:36
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    More like "source citations to back up his points". The sources themselves do not always back him up.
    – Double AA
    Oct 27, 2020 at 16:40
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    It really seems that R' Falk's view is not universally accepted even among charedim. Oct 27, 2020 at 16:54
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    @robev that's true, but this post is clearly sourced so I don't see why people are downvoting
    – Double AA
    Oct 28, 2020 at 14:01

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