Extensions, false lashes and false nails have become a huge thing in the beauty industry. You hardly watch a makeup or beauty tutorial without finding any of these in the video. Whilst there is nothing wrong with beautifying ourselves, Islam encompasses all aspect of life. Therefore, it is normal to ask what the rulings on these are.
So what are the rulings on these things?
The concept of extending the hair is prohibited in Islam. All the scholars agree that it is not permissible for anyone to attach extensions to the head. False lashes/ synthetic lashes come under the same rulings as extensions. With regards to fake nails, it is considered as changing the creation of Allah and at the same time it is extending something that is not there. Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid mentioned that wearing false nails that are long is something that has come to us from the kuffaar; our sharee’ah enjoins us to cut our nails and not let them grow long, so why would we want to go against our sharee’ah? https://islamqa.info/en/22803. There are also various hadiths recorded in both Bukhaari and Muslim that informs us about the prohibition of extensions. Al-Bukhaari (5937) and Muslim (2122) narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “May Allah curse the one who adds hair extensions and the one who has them added, the one who does tattoos and the one who has them done.” Muslim (2126) also narrated that Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) forbade women to attach anything to their head. This is general in meaning and applies to anything that may be attached to the head. Hence, some of the scholars are of the view that it is haraam to attach string, fabric and the like to the hair; others are of the opinion that what is haraam is attaching hair to it. I personally think it’s best to avoid adding anything to the hair because it’s the safest opinion. We have been created in the best the best form- the eyes, the hair, skin color is all from Allah so why should we change it?
Does the ruling change if a woman is bald?
The scholars agreed that it is not permissible to use wigs or extension as a means of beautification, but, there is a difference of opinion amongst the scholars with regards to when there is a deficit. Shaykh al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) viewed it as permissible for women to wear wigs to cover a defect such as when bald. If a woman becomes bald completely, no hair at all, it is permissible for her to wear a wig because this is a correction and she is not changing the creation of Allah. Now there is a hadith, which is very important for us to know that a woman came to the prophet(salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and said that my daughter had an illness and now she has thin hair, it’s not gone altogether but it is not as rich and thick as it used to be and she is going to get married, so is it permissible for me to extend her hair and the prophet (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: no its not.
To our sisters who are going through illness that has caused their hair to fall out, I ask Allah to grant you cure for your illness and to grant you reward you for your patience.
Remember the words of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) who said: “How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for his affairs are all good, and this applies to no one but the believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and that is good for him. If something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience and that is good for him.” (Narrated by Muslim, 2999). The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) also said: “The believer is not harmed by a thorn or anything greater, but Allaah will raise him in status thereby, or erase a sin thereby.” Muslim (2572). If the prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) forbade a woman who had thin hair from using wigs what about the perfectly healthy Muslim woman that still decides to use it? What is our excuse? To look beautiful? Allah has created every single one of us to be different and unique, not just in terms of looks but definition of beauty as well. You know as they say “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.” One mans "annoying female" is another man's "damn baby, where have u been all my life?" Our skin color, hair type, body shape is all trust from Allah and we should be proud and grateful for it. One of the promises of Shaytan is to cause us to be ungrateful to our creator. So brothers and sisters let us try to prevent falling into this trap. Let us appreciate and care for our bodies to the best of our abilities. One of the verses that always comes to mind whenever I am displeased with something is the verse in surah Rahman, which roughly translates to- Which of the favors of your Lord do you deny? I might not have long hair or figure eight or whatever it is the beauty standards are, but I surely have more that I lack and so do you! As humans, we tend to focus on the little things that we don’t have and we end up forgetting the mercies and blessings that we do have. We are alive, healthy, have roofs over our heads, have food and much more. There are many people out there willing to trade their situation for ours. Regardless how bad a situation is, there is always someone else in a much worse situation, so let us be give thanks and be grateful for the multiple blessing we have in our lives. Lastly the rulings on extension, false lashes and nails apply to BOTH male and females. I would encourage anyone who has time to go through this link as it has a very detailed explanation on beautification. http://www.assimalhakeem.net/beautification-3/