Wearing a hijab all day is a personal choice shared by many Muslim women around the world. However, hair care isn’t a popular topic of conversation, and it really should be!
Wearing a hijab every day leaves you gunning for easy styles that you can comfortably wear under your hijab. Most opt for a bun or a ponytail, but these easy fixes to keeping your hair from messing up your hijab aren’t that hair-friendly!
You might not even have the energy to treat your hair after a long day of work, but you should find the time to give it the TLC it deserves. It’s a struggle watching your hair fall grow each day, so here are some hair care tips to help.
1. Silk pillowcases
Silk pillowcases are popular, and while it seems like a very extravagant thing to invest in, they’re really good for your hair. These pillowcases help you control your hair’s oil production because they’re not as absorbent as your typical cotton pillowcase.
2. Stick to a routine
Your hair has a specific texture and type, and that means it has very specific needs. You should find a shampoo and conditioner that is specific to your hair type, and if you’ve got curls, your hair might be begging for moisture!
You’ll probably hear people throwing around that you should wash your hair a certain number of times a week, but that’s not the case for everyone. You know your hair best, and you can tell when it needs a wash; just make sure you’re using products that are giving it what it needs.
3. The material of your hijab is important
The material you’re putting on your head for most of the day should benefit your hair and scalp. Some materials just agree better with your hair, especially silk, hence the silk pillowcases!
Think of how the material feels on your hair as well. Picking the right material takes a bit of trial and error, but it’s worth it because you’re taking care of your luscious locks.
4. Always dry your hair first
You might be used to living life on the go, or maybe you don’t think twice before you go out with wet hair under your hijab. But your hair is much more sensitive when wet this leaves it vulnerable to breakage.
Not to mention that tying it up can further cause breakage, and that may make your hair more unruly when you try to style it. Try to dry it as much as possible before putting it up and under a scarf.
5. Change your hairstyle
Ponytails and buns might be your go-to style because it keeps your hair in place under your hijab, but leaving your hair in just one style can lead to hair fall and contribute to breakage. So change it up every few days.
You might have a preference for a particular style but fight the urge to stick to it! Try doing a braid every odd day, changing where you have your pony and even how your hair is parted!
6. Give your hair some downtime
When you’re in the comfort of your own home, leave your hair down! Give it a break from being tied up and let it hang in all its beautiful glory, and get all the free time it needs!
7. Trim your hair often
No matter how long you’d like your hair to grow but your hair needs a trim! Get rid of the dead ends and split ends to keep your hair healthy!
Because your hair is covered, you have the freedom to experiment with different styles as well. You might regret it, but it’ll grow out, and you’ll have your locks back in no time, especially if you take good care of it.
8. Spend some time in the sun
Your hair needs some vitamin D, and it might not get some during the day because it’s covered. Make time to spend with your hair out and loose in the sun, even if it’s just a few minutes on the weekend!
9. Hydrate with oils
Sometimes your hair really needs hydration and extra TLC, and what is better than the ancient remedy of oiling it. Have your pick of oils your need, and notice the difference in your hair over time!
10. Pamper your hair
Hair masks and treatments are aimed at you even though a small number of people see your hair! They’re also specially formulated for your specific hair needs, and they can help your hair thrive too!
You may not intend to neglect your hair under the hijab because there’s just no time for another beauty routine in your day. Try and do what you can to get your locks thick and luscious!
Dr Saadiqah Hajat