Okay hijabis, it’s honesty hour. How many of us here tend to sweep our hair problems under the carpet, or in this case, under the hijab?
Yes, guilty as charged. Though most of us tend to neglect our hair, haircare is equally as important (or even more important!) to us, sisters! Out of sight doesn’t mean out of mind 😉 But don’t fret, there are solutions! You’ll be thrilled to find that ensuring and maintaining healthy hair is as easy as 1,2,3.
1. Cut your split ends regularly
So, let’s start with the obvious. It’s best to cut your hair at least once a month.
No, we’re not asking you to be dramatic like Miss Mulan here but just a little trim will do to get rid of those pesky split ends. Out with the old, in with the new healthy ends.
If you’re emotionally attached to your hair, learn to let it go! Treat it as an investment as you will surely thank yourself (and us!) in the future when you end up with healthy and glowing tresses.
2. Treat your hair with natural oils
As you don the hijab, you will find that without proper hair treatment, your hair will appear dull and limp since it’s been flattened onto your scalp throughout the day. Not on our watch, though!
Invest your time in doing hair massages with natural oils. Olive oil, coconut oil and argan oil are all proven to be beneficial as they can help you achieve shiny and soft hair.
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There are plenty of hair oil products in the market but most of them have been diluted with other artificial chemicals, so choose wisely! For best results, be sure to get 100% natural oils. Also, these products can easily be purchased in travel-sized bottles – perfect for travelling and on the go!
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Massage the oil into your hair thoroughly in a circular motion to help promote blood circulation, making sure no strand is left unattended. Let the oil soak into your hair to do its magic, and maybe catch up on an episode of your favourite show (that lasts for at least an hour) while you wait, before finally washing the oil away. Repeat weekly for stronger and rejuvenated hair.
#HHWT Tip: Avoid massaging oil into the scalp if it tends to be oily! If it’s usually dry, then go crazy!
3. There’s no need to wash your hair every day
Yes, you didn’t hear us wrongly! To regulate the natural oils you have on your hair, it is best to only wash your hair once every 2-3 days, depending on the oiliness of your hair!
Washing your hair too often may strip your hair of the natural oils that it needs, leading to dry and brittle tresses (two other words that you don’t want in your hair dictionary). Yikes!
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For sure it might be uncomfortable having to not wash your hair for days PLUS having it covered under a hijab, so if it makes you feel better, you can use a dry shampoo instead to refresh your scalp.
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Especially for those wanderlusts who enjoy travelling to cold countries, dry shampoos should be on your list of holy grail products. Washing your hair can be a real dread while you’re shivering in negative temperatures so dry shampoo really comes in handy!
4. Say no to hot showers
Speaking of colder countries, it is extremely tempting to take a hot and steamy shower to ward off the cold or just to relieve stress BUT this is actually an extreme NO-NO for your hair!
Hot showers strip protective oils from your hair, again causing it to be dry and brittle and eventually leading to breakage, aggravating your hijab hair woes.
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Washing with cold water, on the other hand, seals up each cuticle of your hair, allowing it to reflect natural light which in turn provides your hair with the healthiest shine!
There are people in this world who believe that hijabis are actually bald. *rolls eyes* So, if you don’t want to help make their assumptions a reality, do ensure that the temperature of your shower is just a bit warmer than your body temperature, no more than that!
5. Make sure your hair isn’t wet or damp when you wear your hijab
Now that you’re done with your shower, have a moment and air-dry your hair before donning your hijab!
I’m pretty sure most of us here are guilty of doing the polar opposite of this at least once as we are constantly rushing for time but do make it a point to not let this happen! Failing to dry your hair naturally can damage the roots of your hair and cause an odour.
It’s like wearing wet clothes out, never pleasant! So, make sure that you wash your hair in advance, leaving ample time to dry your hair before wearing your hijab.
If you are in so much of a hurry or stuck in cold weather overseas where it is impossible to air-dry, then blow-dry it sparingly, making sure to use warm instead of a hot setting.
6. Loosen up your bun when you tie up your hair before wearing the hijab
We’re not attempting Ariana Grande’s infamous ponytail updo so there really is no need for you to tie your hair back so tightly under your hijab!
This strains the hair roots and will only weaken them in the long run, leading to hairfall. Just settle for a loose ponytail or bun. If you’re worried that your hair might attempt an escape from your hijab, choose a suitable underscarf that can help to prevent that from happening.
We personally feel that the ninja underscarf is the way to go as it literally does not budge throughout the day, allowing you to keep that loose hairstyle underneath!
7. Wash your underscarves regularly
Need we say more? The underscarves are the ones that come in direct contact with your hair, hence there can be a lot of nasty buildup such as dandruff and dust that can further damage it.
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Be sure to keep your underscarves collection fresh and washed at all times so this doesn’t happen.
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What’s even better is if you have a few in your collection so that you can switch between them whenever necessary, and getting a couple of different colours wouldn’t hurt to provide some variety in your hijabi wardrobe 😉
8. Use products specially made for you!
In the market today, there are plenty of haircare products that are designed specifically with hijabis in mind and you just have to find the right one for you!
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As far as treatment goes, products such as Cool Hijab are seeking to be your one-stop solution for all your hijab hair problems. Cool Hijab, in particular, is formulated with the best halal ingredients that helps to not only repair but maintain freshness within the scalp throughout the day!
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Hairfall is probably one of the most common issues within us hijabis and visiting the salon seems too much of a luxury to do often. Alternatively, you can try products such as Pearlista Salon’s halal-certified anti-hairfall shampoo and conditioner. These products can work as effectively as salon treatments, but in the convenience of your own home!
(Psst… Check out what other products every Muslimah should have when traveling!)
Just because our hair is constantly protected from sun, wind and rain, it does not mean that we are free from hair problems! With these tips, we hope that your hair woes will be history. Good luck, ladies!