Getting Dressed on Shabbat

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Combing hair

  1. It is forbidden to comb one's hair on Shabbat. [1]
  2. One may not braid one's hair on Shabbat. [2]


  1. It's permissible to spray deodorant on one's body (including hair) but not on one's clothing on Shabbat.[3] If one first sprayed deodorant on one's body it's permissible to put on a new shirt even though the deodorant will absorbed with the shirt as long as one doesn't have any particular interest about the smell in one's shirt. [4] One may also apply a pleasant fragrance to one's hair. [5]
  2. One may not use stick deodorant on Shabbat. [6]


  1. One may look in a mirror on Shabbat if the edges of the mirror aren’t sharp enough to cut one's hair. [7]

Tying shoes

  1. If a shoelace came out of the shoe on Shabbat one may thread it back through the laces. If the shoelace was never threaded into the laces one should not do so on Shabbat unless the lace is a strange different color to the extent that it's certain that it will be removed from the shoe later or if one does so in an abnormal way like lacing it through the top laces and it's certain that one will fix it later. This is all assuming that it's easy to lace the string through the holes. [8]
  2. For the halachot of tying the shoelaces see Koshair.


  1. Shulchan Aruch 303:27 forbids combing one’s hair on Shabbat since it’s inevitable that one will remove hair.
  2. Shulchan Aruch 303:26
  3. Sh"t Yechave Daat 1:31, Yalkut Yosef (Shabbat vol 4 pg 79 and 406, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 327:7), 39 Melachos (Rabbi Ribiat, vol 2, pg 479) and the Chacham Zvi 92 also write that one may only spray it on one's skin and not one's clothes based on the gemara in Beitza 23a which says that this is a problem of "molid reicha," creating a new fragrance in clothing.
    • Ben Ish Chai in Sh"t Rav Pealim OC 2:51 is strict even to use deodorant directly on your body in accordance with the Taz and Magen Avraham in Siman 511 but see Sh"t Yechave Daat 1:31 who deals with this by saying that the Rambam, Rif and Rosh would even be lenient to put it onto clothes and therefore we can certainly be lenient for putting it in the body
  4. Yalkut Yosef (Shabbat vol 4 pg 79 and 406, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 327:7).
  5. Yechave Daat 1:31
  6. 39 Melachos (Rabbi Ribiat), vol 2, pg 479
  7. S”A 302:13, Mishna Brurah 302:63. See also Mishna Brurah 302:64 who references the halachas of Beged Isha, while Yalkut Yosef (Shabbat vol 2, pg 90) writes that our minhag is to be lenient on that issue.
  8. Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata 15:64