“Is hair transplantation a sin?” is a commonly asked question by hair loss patients of various religions. This is somehow like a gray area in some religions. Let us have a look at how different religions view hair transplantation.
Islamic View on Hair Transplant Surgeries
Islam has certain views of cosmetic surgeries. And yet different scholars and schools have varying opinions about the use of cosmetics, and cosmetic surgeries. Usually it is said that anything that is done to deceive the others is not good. All that comes from the creator Allah should be accepted.
And yet, Islam also values individual happiness and confidence, and therefore, considers some cosmetic surgeries acceptable. Hair transplantation is one of them, and it is not viewed as entirely cosmetic, but rather medical and essential.
The hair transplant surgeries are relative new, and advanced, and therefore, Islamic scholars debate the subject over some important points in Islam such as the ablution and the changing of the looks.
According to several schools of Islam, hair transplant surgeries are permissible because they are rather “treatments” and not solely cosmetic surgeries. In hair transplant surgeries, the patient’s own hair is transplanted from one site to the other. Hair loss often occurs due to genetics, illnesses, or accidents, and getting back one’s full and healthy head is a good choice according to some Islamic scholars. As the hair used in a hair transplant surgery is not artificial, it is not an animal’s fur or hair, or it is not someone else’s hair, it is the patient’s own and natural hair, hair transplantation is permissible in Islam. It does not alter the looks created by Allah but rather corrects a fault. One can perform ablution after having hair transplant surgery, and wipe it over.
According to a story, a bald man asked for hair, and Allah sent an angel who touched the bald man’s head, and his whole hair was restored. (Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 8 Page 227)
Having a hair transplant surgery does not harm anyone. Therefore, it is believed to be not forbidden. It does not deceive others because it is your own hair, and Islam promotes beauty, confidence, and social health. Treating hair loss is good according to Islam. It is not harm, it is not illicit, it is valued. It does not prevent the ghusl or the ablution. Both of them are valid after the transplant, as water reaches the skin, and the transplanted hair is one’s own hair.
Biblical View on Hair Transplant Surgeries
Whether the church considers hair transplantation a sin or not is an ongoing debate. There are different views about hair transplant surgeries in Christianity, and yet, it is not found immoral. The church does not prohibit it. One has the duty to take care of their body, and appearance. One is commanded to heal themselves, and therefore a correction is not a sin.
In Christianity, the questions about ghusl or ablution are not valid, and yet, it has a similar, and supporting view of hair transplant surgeries in general.
If you belong to a religion, consult with the religious authorities if your belief sees hair transplant surgeries as permissible. Do not forget to mention how hair transplant surgeries are performed – that your own hair will be moved from one place to the other, and the causes for your hair loss, and why you want to have a hair transplantation. How it will improve your life, and your well-being is important, and most religions consider this as the main point.
Hair loss is a disease, it is a defect, and hair transplant surgery is an entirely medical treatment. When most of the books of the religions of today were written, medicine was not very advanced. Therefore, some beliefs may be silent on the issue of hair transplantation. Most religions see human body as a borrowed and holy, and yet, many also encourage medical corrections.
Hair transplantation restores one’s once existing hair. Most religions appreciate modesty, and not drawing attention to yourself. Hair transplant surgeries only give one their normal and natural looks back, and a full head often draws less attention than a bald head when it comes to the norms, and therefore having a hair restoration is allowed in many beliefs, and not considered a sin.