Question 126: Is there a difference between men’s and women’s Ghusl (ritual bath) following major ritual impurity? Does a woman need to loosen her hair to wash it, or is it sufficient for her to pour three handfuls of water on her hair as narrated in the Hadeeth? What is the difference between the Ghusl of Janaabah (major ritual impurity related to sexual discharge) and that of menstruation?
Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. There is no difference between men and women in terms of the way Ghusl is performed, and neither of them need to loosen their hair to wash it, rather it is sufficient to pour three handfuls of water on the head, then to pour the water over the whole body, for the Hadeeth narrated on the authority of Umm Salamah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that she told the Prophet (peace be upon him)… read more here.