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Hair dye

22 July, 2003

Question:

Is dyed hair a chatzitza at all? What about when its growing out – do i have to dye it back to my normal color? what if i am not makpid at all about it?


Answer:

Permanent hair dye when well maintained is not a problem. If your hair needs to be colored every 7 weeks and you go to the mikveh on approximately weeks 4 and 8, it is best to assure that the second coloring is prior to mikveh use so the dyeing job will be in good condition when you immerse.

If you are growing it out for good, and are truly not particular (you would be willing to attend a wedding in the current condition for example) in the intermediate stages, then it would also be ok. If you are particular about your appearance during this stage, then it would be preferable to use a temporary dye before going to mikveh so that your hair is all one color when you immerse.

 


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