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 '16 at 14:22
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    one that covers her hair. That is the point of wearing one. – Dude Sep 4 '16 at 1:52

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 '20 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 '20 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 '20 at 16:40
  • Walk a bit around Bnei Brak, and you'll see that it's not the case what you write. – Kazi bácsi Oct 27 '20 at 16:41
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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 '20 at 14:01

Well.. the majority of Poskim shun at the idea of a wig, there are scary stories of the Chatam Sofer, the Stipler, Baba Sali and Hacham Ovadia Yosef.

There are those who are Makil.

Hacham Ovadia in Yabia Omer vol.V, E.H 5: offers three reasons

  1. They very much resemble a woman's hair
  2. They are eye catching, in actually being nicer and more lustrous than real hair
  3. Early authorities held them to be forbidden, going according to the Jerusalem Talmud, Ketubot chap.7, halacha 6.

Rav Ovadia Yosef also refused to give Brachot many times to woman who wears a wig, and many such stories profess to this, when then changing to a Kerchief he would bless them, and what they wanted usually materialized.

However, there are those who are Makil, but with strict guidelines, such as that it shouldn't go past the shoulder and it must not be fancy. The most famous Poskim are Reb Moshe Fienstien and the Lubavitcher Rebbe

To summarise, it is best to distance oneself from Wigs, as they bring in many problems.

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    this is a biased opinion(your summarization) there are many who hold shaitles are no issue at all – sam Sep 2 '16 at 15:50
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    This answer would be a great deal more valuable if you could edit in citations of particular responsa, such as those of R' Feinstein or R' Schneerson, that back up the statement "However, there are those who are Makil, but with strict guidelines, such as that it shouldn't go past the shoulder and it must not be fancy," since the latter part of that statement is the only part of this post that directly addresses the question at hand. – Isaac Moses Sep 2 '16 at 15:57
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    I have done my "research" and you are incorrect,there are many such as the Shiltei Gibborim,Rama,Magen Avraham,Pri Migadim,Shulchan Aruch HaRav,Rav Moshe,and many more,and with regards to Sefardim poskim see the Kaf Hachaim (75:19) who says most achronim hold its permissible. There are many shittoz which I did not mention but there are more who argue on the Be'er Shevah,If you are sefardic then there is many poskim who dont allow but to say that many many poskim dont allow it is ludicrous. – sam Sep 2 '16 at 16:06
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    hebrewbooks.org/… please see the Kaf Hachaim inside who say the Achronim agree to this permissibility – sam Sep 2 '16 at 16:12
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    This does not constitute an answer to the question asked. If you wish to comment on the question, you should do so as a comment. – rosends Sep 2 '16 at 16:35

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