Updated: Jul 21, 2020
So as I’ve been a hijabi for 20 years now, I’ve gone through everything a hijabi would go through, and as I never stop researching to find the best natural remedies for everything, I finally understood what happens with a hijab and how it “impacts” the hair! let’s talk about common mistakes, results, and ways to fix them:
1. showering and then wearing the hijab on wet hair
I used to do so long ago when I was new to hijab. That’s the worst thing you could ever do to your hair! Like, wet place covered? No air? leads to bacteria and fungus and so hair loss and unhealthy scalp. It took me a long time and tons of products to treat this.
As the dandruff was oily it was very hard to get rid of. Until I got a metal type of comb.
It’s originally for lice 😬 but I wanted to give it a try given that it goes so deep. I put coconut oil in my hair, comb it well, and then started combing with this one making sure it goes to scalp. It came out with the dandruff!! That was the first time to see this. I continued to comb gently and it did the job. Ever since, my scalp has been much healthier with taking good care of it.
2. Neglecting your hair cos it’s always covered and so you don’t give it enough care
Self explanatory, no? ;)
I used to think hair conditioner is the bad one for hair. Nope! It’s shampoo. Now I have been shampooing my hair once to twice a week while conditioning my hair every time I take a shower. Also try to use shampoo with less/no chemicals.
I apply baking soda with the shampoo, shampoo my hair, let it sit for like a min and then rinse. I follow this with Apple Cider Vinegar diluted with water (1 ACV to 4 water) and pour on my hair. Why? Next blog will be about this!
4. Tight Hijab
Try not to wear your hijab too tight, your hair need to breathe. Also tight hijab causes some bald spots so cover up gently
5. Wearing cotton head bands/hijabs
Never thought about this huh?
Cotton **absorbs** water and moist.. that’s what it does to your hair!! It absorbs out the moist and natural hair oils leaving your hair dry while you’re thinking it‘s actually protecting yourself hair. switch to satin or jersey bandanas, these work best at keeping the hair moist.
Remember, your hair has been going through these factors for sometime and so treatment will also take its time. There are tons of articles that talk about how to treat dry hair. Start with the above while applying your ways or finding new ways and start getting back your healthy hair!
***The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition***
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