Do you wear clothes in a hammam?
Nevertheless, clothing rules are somewhat relaxed in the hammam. Women often go in naked while men will wear a loincloth or towel.
Swimsuit or underwear.
You can wear your panties or boxers while you get hammam treatment but make sure you brought a spare one after the hammam. Some hammams might ask you to buy soap and shampoo but you can also bring your own.
İt is traditional that you are naked under the pestemal but at the end of the day you must be comfortable and if that means wearing pants or a bikini then that is your choice and no one will snigger at you.
Before entering, it is best to drink a glass of water or herbal tea to avoid dehydration; then, you can proceed with a lukewarm shower in which you wash yourself thoroughly with soap, then dry yourself well. A footbath is also recommended to warm the extremities.
Swimwear is required on mixed sessions and is optional for ladies only and gentlemen only sessions. We provide a towel for all guests at the Turkish Baths. If you are also having treatments, we will provide you with a robe and slippers on request. All you need to bring with you are your personal toiletries.
Before you go, you may want to take care of all your hair removal needs, whatever those may be. Most people do not shave in hamams, although you may come across it in some places. Pack a small bag with your own shampoo and conditioner, moisturizer, comb or other hair products, and a change of clothes.
- A little money — the hammam will cost around 10 dirhams.
- A towel.
- Underwear or bathing suit bottoms.
- A hammam glove.
- Soap — you can use black soap, but locals often just use a bar of soap.
To enjoy the benefits of a hammam, stay there for a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of 1 hour, rest and lie on the floor or on the benches.
In the steam room, your body is cleansed from head to toe, after that a Dellak, “a hammam attendant”, will douse you with water before applying the Moroccan black soap to your skin and exfoliating it with a Kassa glove.
Most hammams have a shower to rinse off on your way out and and/or wash your hair. Some have a seating area where you can hang around in your pestemel and drink coffee/juice/water. Some nicer hamams will have hair dryers as well.