Wearing hijab (admittingly) can sometimes neglect a woman’s proper mane care. You rise and shine when the suns up, get dressed, tie your hair in a bun in a flurry and uptight, wear the hijab super-quick and are all set to face the world. Now hereâ€™s what happens when you turn oblivious to all that might be happening underneath the headscarf, while you are busy working away outside your personal space:
1) Due to lack of oxygen under your hijab, the hair tends to get greasy and lacks vital nutrients, which tend to make your hair break easily.
2) If you are heat prone, sweating is another common problem with having hair tucked in for too long.
3) You could lose volume and have your hair dry and limp, when covered for a fairly long time.
The good news is, there are solutions to these little hitches and we guarantee theyâ€™d work wonders if implemented. Here are some effective tips and remedies for hair care under hijab:
1) Let those gorgeous hair breathe:
Get into a habit of letting your hair free in a private solo space, even if itâ€™s just the bathroom. Just open your headscarf, brush your hair gently, before you pray and let the oxygen in. If youâ€™re someone who canâ€™t stand hair in your face, use a headband, or clip the front of your hair up, let it down and allow it to breathe as often as you can.
2) Be the masseuse for your hair:
Massage your scalp frequently. This helps improve blood circulation around the scalp area, which is vital for ensuring optimum hair growth. Spend few minutes of your time daily in a massage like this and you will truly notice hair that is remarkably strong from the roots within. A good time to massage is post shower. Hereâ€™s how:
– With your finger-tips (careful not to dig or scratch your scalp with your nails), start from the forehead on both sides and massage gently.
– Applying sufficient pressure, massage the area with your fingers in a circular motion for about a minute.
– Continue this movement towards the top part of your scalp, until the nape of your neck.
This technique also enhances and uplifts the mood, thanks to the endorphins and serotonin released during the massage.
3) Let hair to be air-dried
Never put your hijab on while your hair is wet. Give it time to dry very naturally. But if you are in a rush, blow-dry your hair only after using a heat protectant product to keep your hair healthy and avoid breakage. Alternatively, shake your hair to get rid of excess moisture in front of a fan.
4) Apply hair mask
You need to have a hair mask for certain in your bathroom closet. Apply it once a week, to keep mane healthy and to add shine.
5) Power of H2O
Absolutely nothing beats the power of nature in the form of water. Drink a well of water everyday to lock moisture. Make that a habit for life.
6) Eat healthy
The key to healthy hair is in your diet as well: Foods such as salmon, legumes, nuts, eggs, wholegrain, lots of vegetables (especially carrots) is the name of the mane game.
7) Keep your bonnet/inner/underscarf loose:
This would give some air circulation on your head scalp. And itâ€™s better to use inner from natural fibres, such as cotton. Even better, organic cotton.
8) Keep your ponytail or bun loose:
If you braid or tie your hair into a ponytail or bun under your headscarf, keep it loose, so it wonâ€™t draw your hair.
9) Choose a shampoo according to your hair type:
There are Halal conscious and Hijab special shampoos available in the market these days. Even if you arenâ€™t able to find these shampoos or hair care products, choose those that tend to match your hair characteristics. Some of those we found really interesting are:
-Safi Shayla Anti-Dandruff
Scalp covered in a long period eventually invite sweat mixed with oil and naturally contribute to dandruff.
Safi Shayla Anti Dandruff Shampoo solves dandruff problems with ZPT active ingredient and menthol. It works from the first wash while Habbatus Sauda maintains healthy hair
– Sunsilk Lively Clean & Fresh Shampoo for Covered Hair
This shampoo consists of lime extracts that eradicates dandruff and dryness of scalp, leaving hair smooth, fresh and shiny all day long in your hijab.
10) Avoid wearing the hijab on your hair while wet:
because it will increase the moisture content of hair that will cause instant fall out. And when wet, dampness will cause odor.
11) Oiling can make a world of difference:
in maintaining the life of your mane. Essentials oils you could use (atleast twice or thrice a week), are almond, rosemary herbal, coconut, argan and olive. Use any one or mix all â€“ whatever you prefer.MYNEWSHUB/Text: SARA KHALID