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Wearing a toupee

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 ...
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Where to find a Jewish Barber? [duplicate]

I recently moved from New York out west. I travel between Tucson, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. I am looking for a Jewish Barber who is experienced properly cutting hair giving consideration ...
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tuft of hair distinguish Rashi / Tam tefillen

Why is a tuft of hair put on the tefillen allegedly to distinguish those following Rashi from those following R. Tam? Why tuft of hair at all as opposed to any other siman?
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Dyeing Hair for Men

Are men permitted to dye their hair with products such as "Just for Men"? Since these products are made for men specifically, would potential prohibitions of beged isha no longer apply?
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Are you allowed to get a haircut on Motzei Shabbos?

Is there anything wrong with getting a haircut on Motzei Shabbos (Saturday night)?
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What's the significance of putting a firstborn animal's hair in the window?

Bechorot 3:4 (≈Eduyot 5:6) discusses the case in which the hair of a wounded firstborn animal fell off, then a person put the hair in the window, and then slaughtered the firstborn (or in another ...
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Body laser hair removal

I'm asking specifically for body hair removal by laser. I'm not talking about armpit hair, but rather chest and stomach hair. Is there any problem with it?
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Nazir having his hair removed through an indirect manner

The Mishnah in Nazir 6:3 states: סְתָם נְזִירוּת שְׁלשִׁים יוֹם. גִּלַּח אוֹ שֶׁגִּלְּחוּהוּ לִסְטִים, סוֹתֵר שְׁלשִׁים יוֹם. נָזִיר שֶׁגִּלַּח בֵּין בְּזוּג בֵּין בְּתַעַר אוֹ שֶׁסִּפְסֵף כָּל ...
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Does a man with long-hair need to become a nazir [closed]

Is there any issue with a man having long hair if he isn't a nazir, or its necessitating him to become one? Long hair is here defined as shoulder-length or longer.
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Is one permitted to wear a sheitel made from the hair of a human corpse?

Larger question: Is one allowed to derive benefit from a dead body? A couple of qualifiers: obviously if there would be zilzul to the dead body in any form of course the answer would be no medical ...
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Shaving or getting a haircut at night

A friend once told me that it's preferable to avoid shaving or getting a haircut at night. Is there actually anything to this (ie reason/ source etc) and should it be observed, or is it a bubbe meise?...
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Is using hair removal cream on one's face a violation of “rounding one's beard?”

Would using a hair removal cream on one's face (such as Nair) be in violation of rounding the corners of one's beard? (Vayikra 19:27) Namely, would it be akin to use a razor (assur) OR more akin to ...
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Is the line for which Peyos begin different for each individual?

There have been debates concerning Peyos and where the proper line should exist for one's beard. The debate has resulted in different communities having different customs for how they handle the ...
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Why do men or boys have to cover their hair, but not unmarried women?

Whatever the reasons for covering hair (e.g. fear of heaven), they seem to equally apply to men and women. So why don't unmarried women have to cover their hair?
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Whose head covering takes precedence: mine or my wife's?

Suppose there's a hypothetical scenario where there's only one head covering available (e.g. a baseball hat) — should I wear it or should my wife? Whose head covering would take precedence and why?
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Rogaine or hair loss medications

Are there any Halachik or Hashkafic issues with using rogaine or some other hair loss prevention medicine?
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Double head covering for women?

Is there an inyan for women to have a double covering on their head? (Like men do.)
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Is hair part of the human body or not?

Inspired by this answer, I'm curious. We hold that hair of a married woman is 'Ervah (ערוה). Yet it is not 'Ervah for an unmarried woman. According to the Gemara in Shabbath (Bab. 95a), braiding the ...
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Is there a prohibition against long hair for an orthodox Jewish man?

Is there a prohibition against long hair for an orthodox Jewish man? If there is at what length? Past ears? shoulder? At what point is it considered long hair?
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What is the source for the “Upsheirin”?

In some families/communities, little boys do not get their hair cut until they are three, and then there is a gathering for cutting their hair. The haircut is called an "upsheirin" or "chalakeh." ...
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Did the Ramchal have a beard?

It seems to be common knowledge that the Ramchal did not wear a beard (see here for instance). What sources are there, if any, that say the Ramchal, in fact, did not wear a beard?
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Which Hasidic rabbi has no beard, and what is the story?

There is a famous Hasidic rabbi who has no facial hair, and I seem to recall that there is a famous story as to why. But I can remember neither which rabbi (or of which sect), nor the story. I do not ...
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Nozir who completes his vow: why different permissions in written Torah and Mishna.

A nozir is forbidden grape products, haircutting and to become tomei from a dead body. After successful conclusion of his nezirus, he goes through a process ending with the waving of his korban as ...
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Halachic Hair Cut

I have a question in regards with cutting hair specifically in Conservative Judaism. Where cannot be shaved by a razor and where do sideburns have to reach up to. If someone could just give me the ...
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Straightening Hair if a person's community accepts it as masculine

Is straightening one's hair okay if they don't like having curly hair and their society widely accepts it as masculine? Kitzur Shulchan Aruch chapter 171 halacha 1 It is forbiden for a man to wear ...
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Why do chassidim curl their payot?

Understanding there are many styles of wearing payot, in my personal experience nearly all chassidim I have met wear them tightly curled in front of their ears. Example: Is there any particular ...
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A woman with dreadlocks going to the mikveh

In regards to the dinim of chatzitza by the tevillah of a Niddah the SA (Rema) in YD Siman 198 Sif 6 speaks about an interesting situation where a woman's hair was tied together by a Shin-Daled ("...
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What is the absolute minimum length for peyos?

I have often heard that 1/4th of an inch is the minimum length of the hairs in the peyos area. For example, that is mentioned in an answer to a previous question: How to advise your barber My ...
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Shaving on Chol Hamoed

May a man shave his beard in a kosher manner on Chol Hamoed? (Sefira considerations aside)
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Why do divorced or widowed women still need to cover their hair?

I was recently reading the latest edition of Halachically Speaking. It says: A woman who is a widow r”l or divorcee still has an obligation to cover her hair. But why is this so? Why should they ...
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How to advise your barber

Men: What is a succinct, clear, Halachically complete line to tell a barber what not to do when cutting your hair?
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Shaving on Friday when Lag Ba'omer falls out on a Sunday

This year (2011, 2017) Lag Ba'omer falls out on a Sunday. I've heard from a few people that the halacha is that you can shave (and take a haircut) on the Friday beforehand l'kavod Shabbos. Are there ...
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Cutting toddler's hair

I've got a 18-months old boy whose hair hasn't been cut yet and by now is constantly getting in front of his eyes. My wife insists that cutting a boy's hair before he is 3 is contrary to Jewish ...
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Curling eyelashes on shabbos?

Is curling eyelashes on shabbos assur because it makes a crease in the eyelashes?
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Can a man remove hair?

May a man remove hair from his body through any of the following methods: Electrolysis Tweasing Plucking I am asking specifically about hair between the eyes (unibrow) but I would be interested if ...
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Minhag for married women to cover their hair in bed

I know(1) there is a practice in Chabad for married women to wear a tichel in bed (i.e., with their husbands). I would not be surprised if this is the same in other Chasidic groups, if not in other ...
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Keeping items of the dead

I found out that a friend (who is Jewish) has a piece of her grandmother's hair as a keepsake. Isn't this assur? I felt it was not right, but I have no source. Are there sources prohibiting this?
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Can an unmarried woman halachically cover her hair?

Whilst studying I came across this, From Sefer Kedushah, Issurei Biah Chapter 21 - Halacha 17 Jewish women should not walk in the marketplace with uncovered hair. [This applies to] both unmarried* ...
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Hair Covering Before Marriage?

Are there any communities in America or Israel where women cover their hair before marriage? Do Satmar women cover their hair before marriage?
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May one beautify his Payos?

Rashi (B'reshis 37:2) calls it an "an act of immaturity [to fix one's] hair (...) so he would look good". Obviously, payos are made from hair, but they are not considered regular hair within kabbala (...
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Women having long hair [closed]

Is there a reason for why women have long hair? Does the Torah provide us with a reason?
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Halacha of hair disposal

Are there any traditions or halachic restrictions regarding the proper disposal of human hair (similar to with regard to nails or human remains)? Related: According to Halacha, does one have to ...
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Trimming a mustache during sefira

Is it permitted to trim a mustache during sefira if it is not bothering the person in any way with regards to eating but is bothering him in other ways?
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Guarding payos overnight

Men must sleep on their side, but, besides for aiding digestion, this tends to mess up long nicely curled payos. How does one protect them overnight from becoming disheveled by lying on them? Note ...
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Finding the tefilin boundary on a balding head

The head tefilin are supposed to go above the hairline, or above where the hairline was on someone whose hairline has receded. The former situation is easy to deal with. A man whose hairline hasn't ...
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After cutting my hair, how many times must I wash my hands?

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 4:19 says: One who takes a haircut or shaves and does not wash his hands, will be scared for three days [...] and [...] will not know what he is scared of. (Translation ...
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Are you allowed to put your hair in a ponytail on Shabbos?

If someone has thin hair that easily comes out are they allowed to put their hair in a ponytail or remove the ponytail if the intention is not to take out any hair?
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Depilatories- creams or “shaving powders” on Shabbos

Is it permissible to use Depilatories (creams or "shaving powders" which chemically dissolve hair) on Shabbos? and if not- why?
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Do Shaving Restrictions Apply to Bearded Women?

For example, if a woman were to have a beard, would she be permitted to shave it off with a razor or otherwise destroy it, or do these restrictions apply to both men and women?
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Cutting hair when Rosh Hodesh Av is a Friday

Is it permissible to cut hair on Rosh Hodesh Av when it comes out on a Friday?