Wearing a hijab can often make you lazy with one of the most important things on your body, your hair. You wake up in the morning, get dressed and simply tie your hair in a bun, throw on your hijab and by the time you do you makeup, you’re looking like a Miss Universe. If you can remember, in one of our past issues, we spoke about the benefits of wearing a hijab. It protects your hair from the sun, wind, air, rain and other forms of pollution. Some also argue that women who wear hijabs are less likely to use excessive amounts of hair and chemicals which can in turn damage the hair and cause it to break and or fall out. However, that only works if you regularly take care of the hair under your hijab.
Taking care of your hair does not have to be a long process. Here are several quick things you can do regularly to make sure your hair is staying healthy:
• Wear an under-scarf or bonnet to prevent friction between your hair and your hijab. Even though this cause minor breakage, which often goes unnoticed at the end of each day, over a period of months, it all adds up. Also, it’s best to use an under-scarf made from natural fibers such as cotton (This will also help minimize breakage).
• Keep your bonnet or under-scarf loose. This will allow some air circulation on your scalp, which will help in stimulating the healthy growth of your hair.
• Switch your hijab style. Do not always wear tight styles. Instead try loose styles (the can easily be pinned into place, if that’s one of your worries).
• Keep your ponytail or bun loose. If you braid or tie your hair into a ponytail/bun under your headscarf, keep it loose as well so it won’t draw and break your hair.
• Do not braid your hair, tie it into a ponytail or put on your headscarf, while your hair is still wet. Instead, let your hair air dry after. The reason is that the humidity on your head scalp can grow dandruff or microorganisms that can trigger a hair-loss.
• If your hair dries fast or is permed, moisturize and oil you hair. Those are two different thing (keep that in mind). The moisture will come from a deep or leave-in conditioner and the oil will serve as a sealant to help preserve that moisture so your hair does not dry up fast.
• Let your hair breath. This is very important. So whenever you get a chance to take the hijab off, just do it.
• If your hair naturally gets oily, try and shampoo 3 to 4 times a week, and don’t forget to moisten your hair using a hair conditioner. However if your hair naturally dries up, try and shampoo once a week and do not forget to use a leave-in conditioner and seal in the moister by oiling your hair.