Women that wear hijab commonly misunderstand that it is okay to skip having a good hair care regimen as their tresses are not exposed to dust or pollution. It is precisely the opposite case — the hair is wrapped in a hijab for the most part of the day, and over time hair tends to start losing its moisture and texture.
Many women wearing hijabs for years often complain that their hair has lost its shine, volume, and beauty. It can be a result of a lack of care, not a result of wearing the hijab.
Allow hair to breathe
If you wear a hijab all day, the chances are that hair is wrapped or tied tightly, allowing significantly less time for them to breathe. The first step to proper hair care is to ensure that you let your hair breathe every few hours a day.
You can let your hair down, brush it out and let it be in natural air. The best time to let your hair breathe is when you sleep at night. Tie it in a loose braid or pony, and let it soak the natural air before you have to wrap them up again the following day.
If you are brand new to Islam, or have recently adopted the habit of wearing a hijab, there are a few things that you’d want to know as you go along. There is a lot to Islam, and if you wish to become an ideal Muslim, then read up on the good habits for Muslims.
Do not skip the shampoo
Pay attention to your hair washing routine, and follow a regular hair cleaning regimen, even if you have to tie your hair under a hijab after a few hours. It is easy to wish to skip washing hair for yet another day, but that is where you go wrong. The scalp tends to get itchy and accumulate dirt over time, and that is the sole reason why you must keep it clean at all times.
Wearing the hijab also comes with sweating, especially if you live in a hot and humid environment. Wash and condition your hair often to keep your scalp clean and free from any infections.
Go for regular hair trims
Trimming hair regularly maintains the health, volume, and texture of your lovely hair. Do not skip a haircut for longer than six months. We all know that women love long and lustrous hair, and regular trims are the simplest way to maintain the desired health and texture. Regular trims get rid of the split ends — something that starts damaging hair and gets worse if not taken care of at the right time.
Use a silk scarf on your head when you sleep
It might sound counterintuitive because your hair is wrapped in a hijab for most of the day. So how will wrapping it at night help? Because using a silk scarf will help to retain the moisture of your hair. Pillow covers may naturally have dust and particles accumulated that slowly affect the hair’s health and damage it with time.
Using a silk scarf will help maintain the softness and moisture in the hair, keeping its quality in check. Take consistent steps that are doable daily, and that will often be enough to give the needed TLC to your tresses.
Air dry hair before wearing the hijab
Please ensure that you dry your hair thoroughly before you proceed to wear your hijab. If the wet hair is tied securely and placed under the hijab, it increases the chances of hair damage. When tied, wet hair often strips off the natural oil and takes a toll on the roots.
Additionally, wet hair under the hijab is troublesome and will also appear dull, lifeless, and limp. When tied with a cloth, wet hair will also leave you feeling itchy and may even leave an unpleasant odor.
Follow a good diet to protect hair
Your hair is made up of protein, and if you are noticing excessive hair fallout, then it is not your hijab that is to blame. Ensure that you follow a nutrition-rich diet that is loaded with protein, vitamins, and minerals. A good diet will reduce hair fallout and help repair the damage that the usual haircare products will seldom be able to do.
Keep an eye on your stress levels, as it has a direct relation to your hair. Stress can not only make hair fall out in clumps, but it also reduces the volume, leaving it lifeless and plain. We all love bouncy and voluminous hair, and even if you wear a hijab, the feel-good factor helps when you untie the hijab to find beautiful tresses underneath.
Choose high quality hijabs
Wearing a hijab also means that you will have to take care of the undercaps (if you use one) and ensure that it is clean and free of dirt or dandruff. Using the same undercaps repeatedly damages the hair a lot more. It is good to have at least two or three undercaps in rotation. Wash the undercap often to avoid an accumulation of sweat, dirt, or dandruff on your hair.
The material of your hijab must be free from synthetics and must allow your hair to breathe easily. Choose from silk, cotton, and satin materials as they let your hair breathe and maintain its moisture.
It is good to follow all the latest hijab trends, but do not blindly buy materials that will add to your hair woes and make it limp. Your hijab is your crown, but it doesn’t have to affect the quality of your hair.
Follow a proper hair care regimen and maintain the quality of hair all along. Do not ignore your hair problems; wrap them under your hijab and leave them for another day. Your hair quality speaks a lot about your hygiene and personal care. Use the right products, steer clear from using chemical hair products, and resort to natural methods.
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