When I initially began wearing the hijab, I thought I was going to go bald. My hair began falling a ton and my head hurt so much that I thought I was about to have a migraine. However, later on, I figured out that I’ve been treating it wrong the entire time.
I eventually learnt that one could safeguard ones hair from falling by appropriately tying them and conditioning properly. From that point onwards, my hair have been great!
In order to help my other hijabi sisters, I’m going to share some of my tried and tested tips here, so they may utilize them and have great hair all the time.
TIE YOUR HAIR CORRECTLY
First and foremost, you need to tie your hair properly. Make sure it’s neither too tight, nor too high. If you have silky hair or your baby hairs on the forehead come out easily, use an under-cap. This would relieve the pressure applied on your hair from tying too tightly and would provide breathing space for the hair to grow out well.
USE A HAIR-FRIENDLY SCARF MATERIAL
For both under caps and your hijab, choose a material that’s not stiff and hard and is easily breathable. Chiffon, cotton works well. Also, wash your under caps regularly. This would help you avoid friction between your hair and your scarf material.
VOLUME IS NOT THE ANSWER
Because having multiple layers of clothing on your head would only make your head feel heavy and your hair suffocated. Sure, a lot of hijabis like their hijabs sky-high but not only is this religiously incorrect, but also medically it puts a lot of strain on their hair, head and neck. So, avoid using flower clips on a daily basis. Instead opt for scrunches (which are like normal ponies) or using different hijab techniques.
DRY YOUR HAIR FIRST
Never, ever wear a hijab on wet hair. Always dry your hair first. Use a blow dryer. This would be helpful as donning a hijab on wet hair can cause strain on your head and can force your hair to pull backwards, making them weaker.
TREAT YOUR HAIR EVERY NOW AND THEN
Every weekend, pamper your hair with some home-made goodies. Oiling your hair is the best option. Use egg, mayonnaise, aloe-vera gel, apple cider vinegar, tea or henna to condition your hair. This would increase growth and make the existing hair stronger.
OIL IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
It certainly is mine! If you can’t find one, mix in two-three types of oil to create an amazing concoction. Once every week, sit under the sun and massage your hair for a good 20 minutes, to boost up your circulation. This is going to make your hair look and feel amazing. Trust me!
KEEP UP WITH THE GENERAL HAIR-CARE
Just because you cover your hair doesn’t mean you should not take care of it. Always comb your hair before tying them or after taking off your hijab. Trim your hair regularly. This also helps get rid of split ends and brittle ends and makes your hair look fresh and neat.
LET YOUR HAIR DOWN
Once in a while, let your hair loose and sit under sun. Also, when at home, keep your hair in a loose bun or if they are short, let them stay open. This would give them breathing space and would facilitate their growth. This can also help you relieve whatever stress you feel on our head or scalp.
INCREASE INTAKE OF WATER, PROTEINS AND VITAMINS
For great hair, it is extremely important to fulfill your daily nutritional requirements. Increase your intake of water, eat clean and healthy, and don’t forget to take your vitamins (consult a doctor first for that).
Increase vegetables, fish, fruits and nuts in your diet. Avoid sugar, carbs, fast food, junk food and sodas.
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE BENEFITS OF YOUR HIJAB
Seriously, hijab is an amazing blessing for your hair! No need to straighten or curl them or subject them to extreme chemicals. Also, hijab makes it extremely easy to hide those dirty strands too (in case you’re feeling lazy). So much time is saved! Isn’t that awesome?
If you have any other tips that might be of use or should be added to this list, feel free to mention them in the comment section below.
About the author: The writer is a pharmacist-in-the-making, and beauty, makeup and DIY lover. She likes to blog about beauty, health and lifestyle.