Essential Hair Care Tips for Hijabi Women
Although a hijabi woman’s hair is not exposed to natural elements, proper hair care is still important. Wearing a hijab does not mean that you can’t treat your hair properly. Your hair is as important as any other part of your body, like your nails and teeth, and deserve equal care.
“Invest in your hair, it is the crown you never take off” - Anonymous Writer
Muslim women who wear hijab on a daily basis might notice some changes in their hair. When hair is covered all day, it gets prone to dryness and sweat. Covered hair care needs to be different from usual hair care as covered hair can become brittle if it’s not taken care of properly.
Not to worry! Here we bring you a list of hair-care tips to ensure that your hair remains well-nourished and well-taken care of.
Get your Shower Routine Right
Your hair can become quite itchy if you are living in a humid climate and sweat often. While you must be wanting to wash your hair every single day, washing it too frequently will strip your hair of natural oils. Consequently, your hair will become dry and brittle.
The best way is to use a leave in conditioner to allow your hair to soak up moisture. Leave in conditioner will not only make your hair manageable but will protect it from environmental damage. It will combat frizz and help in detangling knotted hair. Alternatively, you can use dry shampoo to refresh your scalp.
Moreover, it will be best to avoid hot showers. A hot shower sounds tempting, especially in cold weather, but hot water can take away essential oils and moisture from your hair. Hot water can be extremely harsh on your scalp and hair. A cold shower is good for your hair, as it temporarily closes your pores and flattens your hair follicles. This in turn will increase their ability to grip your scalp, and reduce hair loss.
Let Your Hair Breathe
Being a hijabi, it is understandable that you have to keep your hair in place at all times. For this, your hair will be tied in a bun and kept tucked beneath your underscarf. But once you are home, you must let your hair loose to allow your hair and scalp to breathe.
In case, you need to wear your hijab even at home, be sure to wear your hijab loosely to allow a certain level of breathability to your locks. Also, if you can, allow your hair to breathe and soak in natural surroundings for a while every day.
Analyze Your Hair Type
Every woman has different hair, ranging from curly, to wavy, to straight. It is essential for you to know your hair type and understand its needs. Your hair type will determine how many times you need to wash your hair and the type of products your hair needs.
Women with straight hair can skip washing hair daily but should make sure to use conditioner every 4-5 days. Women with curly and wavy hair are advised to wash their hair three times a week and condition it one or two times.
It is also essential to regularly trim your hair. If your hair is healthy and not too damaged, you need to take a trim or cut every three months. Women with damaged hair and split ends must follow the seven-week rule and get hair trimmed after every seven weeks. Trimming your hair regularly ensures that your hair grows healthy.
Use the Right Products
Using natural products are highly recommended as they do not contain any harmful chemicals. Natural oils such as argan oil, castor oil, and coconut oil are great natural products to nourish your hair. Oiling hair has various benefits; such as hydrating hair and preventing hair fall.
Women with curly hair should oil more often as curly hair dries much faster than regular hair. Regularly oiling the hair can help manage the frizz and give soft curls.
Oiling is also essential to remove dandruff as dandruff is attracted to an overly dry and sweaty scalp. Applying castor oil regularly can help dead skin cell build-up, which is another cause of dandruff.
You must use natural combs and brushes as it would be gentle on your hair and will help distribute your hair oils evenly. This will significantly prevent hair fall and breakage.
Wrap Your Hair While Sleeping
We know we told you to let your hair breathe, but wrapping your hair with a silk scarf available in the hijab store will help you retain the hair moisture, especially when your hair is fragile. By tying your hair in a satin hijab or scarf, you will take your beauty sleep to the next level.
Women also use silk pillowcases as it gentler fabric as compared to cotton and prevents your ends from excessive damage and pulling, especially if you toss and turn a lot overnight.
Silk or satin scarves and pillows will aid in controlling your hair sebum. Otherwise, your hair might lose its natural moisture when you sleep and your scalp ends up producing more oil to compensate for the loss. This is not obvious overnight but prevention is always better.
Dry Your Hair Before Wearing a Hijab
It may seem like you have so many steps to go through before wearing your hijab. But drying your hair is vital to prevent any damage to the roots of your hair, which can occur especially when you tie your hair while it's wet. Moreover, your hair will be tied up for the entire day with a little chance of drying. You will end up with hair that is limp and flat at the end of the day. Not to forget the odour you will have to deal with!
It is important to give ample time to your hair to air-dry. However, if you are in a rush or reside in areas with colder climate where it would be tough to air-dry your hair, be sure to use a hair dryer.
Do not sweep your hair care issues under your hijab. Your hair deserves the same amount of love that you have for the hijabs you bought from our hijab store. So, say goodbye to hair woes with these tips!