Hair Chemicals and Unnatural Dyes


Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

How are you?
May Allah and His Rasool’s love reign on your heart till last breath.

I have asked many Ulemas about whether hair coloring(using chemical products-L’oreal, and other brand names.) Are they permissible(halaal) or not permissible(haraam)? I am from Mauritius and here we have only natural dye (henna-mehendi from tree) and chemical/unnatural products available.I would like to know if using unnatural hair color is permissible or not in the context i put forward above. I am asking this question because maybe abroad apart from mehendi there is/are another way(s) to dye one’s hair using natural products.

Can you please give me a detailed explanation if we can use unnatural products mentioned above or it’s disallowed. I would really appreciate a detailed reply rather than a straight forward answer.



wa `alaykum salam,

It is only haram to change the hair color to black. The basic principal is that it is permissible unless done in the manner nonbelievers, or immoral women do.

Imam Senad Agic
Head Imam (IABNA)
The Islamic Association of Bosniaks in North America
American Islamic Center – Chicago

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