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Halq or Taqsir

Halq or Taqsir After Sa’i, you must have your hair shaved (Halq) or trimmed by at least an inch (Taqsir) in order to leave the state of Ihram and complete your Umrah. It is more virtuous for a man to have his head shaved completely. Women may only have their hair trimmed.

Getting a haircut inside Makkah or Mina can be very cheap or very expensive. There are two types of barbers; those who are licensed and those who are not.

Unlicensed barbers, who operate by the roadside, usually charge between 5 and 10 Riyals. Although cheap, many advise against using unlicensed barbers due to the health risks associated with their practices. They often use non-sterile blades on more than one person, which can spread diseases and infections such as hepatitis and HIV. Some of these unlicensed barbers also exercise a lack of care, which can result in cuts and bleeding during shaving.

Licensed barbers, on the other hand, charge up to 30 Riyals for a shave. Although slightly more expensive, they use single-use disposable blades and are tested for infectious diseases. They also tend to exercise more care during shaving. It’s certainly worth paying that little bit more to avoid the aforementioned risks associated with unlicensed barbers.

There are a number of licensed barbershops in Makkah, which are open 24 hours a day and generally only close during Salah times. There are many barbershops in the Zamzam Towers, Hilton shopping complex and al-Safwa Towers. You will also see many barbers located outside the Marwah door after you finish Sa’i.

Alternatively, you may shave or trim your own hair in order to come out of the state of Ihram.

General tips:
Go to a licensed barber, rather than an unlicensed street barber.
Make sure single-use disposable blades are used.
Ask the barber to thoroughly wash his hands with water and soap before shaving.
Use your own equipment to shave your head or ask the barber to do it for you.
Never share your grooming equipment with others to use.

Congratulations on your Umrah!

You are now free from the restrictions of Ihram and you may change into regular clothing. If you plan on performing another Umrah, you must travel to the boundary of the Haram in order to once again enter into Ihram. Most pilgrims choose to enter into Ihram at Masjid Aisha which is the nearest and most convenient location from Masjid al-Haram. Taxis are available near the mosque.

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