Although hijab wearing Muslim women’s hair aren’t exposed to the natural elements (like wind, dust, sun and rain) like most people, a proper hair care routine is still important. Just because you don’t see your hair at every moment of the day, doesn’t mean that taking care of it isn’t necessary. Not doing so can lead to a whole world of problems, such as your hair falling out, an itchy scalp and your hairline receding. It’s easy to forget about it, because out of sight, thus out of mind, right? But with these nine hair care tips for hijabis, you can avoid these problems and have healthy, beautiful hair.
1. Loosen your hijab
If you constantly wear your hijab too tight, it can cause bad headaches and even cause the hair on the front and back of your head to recede. Wrapping your hijab more loosely can prevent this problem.
2. Loosen your hair
Tying your hair too tightly or in the same style everyday can cause your hair to break. Opt for lower and looser buns or braids, and tie your hair more loosely. This will lessen the strain on your roots. Consider using a scrunchie instead of a hair elastic too.
3. Never wear a hijab on wet hair
Always dry your hair completely first before putting on your hijab. Wearing it on wet or damp hair can cause an itchy scalp and hair breakage.
4. Find the right hijab for your hair type
Just like how we wear certain materials during certain seasons and for certain skin types, the same goes for your hijab. Trial and error will determine which fabric works the best for you. Silk and cotton hijabs are usually more light, skin friendly and breathable.
5. Let your hair breathe
Once you’re home, let your hair loose to allow your scalp to breathe and blood to circulate. Your hair and scalp will be strained after wearing it in place the whole day.
6. Wash your hair
Washing your hair too frequently will strip it of its oils, and washing it too infrequently will cause dandruff. Consider using a shampoo specially formulated for hijab wearing women, such as Sunsilk’s Hijab Recharge Shampoo. Use a dry shampoo in between washes to refresh, and a leave in conditioner to nourish your ends.
7. Change and wash your innerwear regularly
This is crucial because your innerwear collects a lot of dust, oil and dandruff throughout the day and has direct contact with your scalp. Keep it clean and fresh.
8. Get regular trims
Just because you rarely see your hair doesn’t mean it doesn’t need a cut. Regular trims at the salon will prevent split ends and keep it growing healthy.
9. Give it some sun
Sunlight gives some much needed vitamin D for healthy hair. Sit outside with your hijab on or if possible, off in private, for 30 minutes once a week to give your hair some sun.