28 February, 2004
I just heard recently that there's an issue with using conditioner during hachonos. Is this a machlokes or is conditioner a problem accross the board?
Leave-in conditioner constitutes a barrier between hair and water and should not be used. Halachic authorities debate the use of a conditioner that rinses out. It may not wash out completely, leading to the same problem as a leave-in conditioner. On the other hand, it may enable a woman to ensure there are no knots or tangles in her hair when she combs it out. If you need a conditioner to comb out your hair properly, then you should just be careful to rinse it out completely. Otherwise, it is preferable for you not to use conditioner.
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