Is Hair Dye Containing Animal-Derived Ingredients Impermisible to Use?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I know hair dye isn’t a barrier. What if the hair dye in itself has animal ingredients in it? My hair stays bleached – does that invalidate wudu and Salah?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health.

I researched hair dye ingredients and found that most are permissible. However, using ethical-based ingredients, like 100% vegan dyes, or purchasing from smaller companies is recommended to remain conscious of what we wear and support.

Hair Dye Ingredients

The two most common animal-derived products in hair dyes are squalene and vitamin A, both generally sourced from fish or shark liver oil. Also, some may contain ingredients derived from animal sources, such as lanolin and honey. They do not contain ingredients derived from bovine (beef) or porcine (pork) sources.

Wudu and Ghusl is Valid

Using any kind of hair dye will not prevent ghusl or wudhu from being valid.


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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.