Combing A Wig On Shabbat

The Daily Halacha Moment - Combing A Wig On Shabbat💇


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Question:

May one comb a wig on Shabbat?


Answer:

Menapetz does not apply to live hair or fur, because hair and fur while they are attached to a living being cannot be properly spun into thread.[1] It is, however, forbidden to comb one’s hair because of Gozez, as we've mentioned in a previous Halacha Moment.


One may comb a wig on Shabbat if the following conditions are met:

1) By combing it one will not pull out any hairs.

2) One could theoretically go outside with the wig even without combing it, and only a slight

combing is necessary.

3) One should use a comb that one does not usually use during the week. [2]


Sources:

[1]. Avnei Nezer, O.C. 170-171; Iglei Tal 14:3; Shevet HaLevi, vol. 9, 89:12.

[2]. Shemirat Shabbat Kehilchatah, chap. 14, footnote 123; Ohr LeTzion, vol. 2, 27:10; Orchot Shabbat 11:19 and in footnote 29; Torat HaMelachot in the name of the Chut Shani, vol. 4, hosafot 15; Ketzot HaShulchan 146:21; Halichot Shabbat, Malka, vol. 1, p. 414.


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