Wearing a hijab or covering your head is always a personal choice, a choice that depicts how you feel and should never be forced upon anyone. It is a decision one takes for personal care, mentally and physically. However when you’re wearing a hijab or covering your hair, one needs to never miss out physical care which includes beauty and hygiene.
Today we talk about one of the most common issues that almost most women face who cover their heads and that’s an itchy scalp. Nobody likes a smelly itchy scalp especially at the end of the day when you finally let your hair down. Just because we don’t see our hair on the day to day doesn’t mean slinging it in a tight bun or ponytail to keep it pulled away from sight each day is the answer either. The emphasis is usually on our faces with all the products in the world to perfect it, but we don’t invest any time or money on something relating to hair-care?
1. Wash Hair Regularly
When your hair is covered for most of the day you need to get into that habit of washing your hair every day, with a mild, sulfate/paraben free shampoo. This allows your hair to remain fresh throughout the day even if it’s 50 degrees outside. However one must remember to fully dry their hair before you wrap them up.
TIP 2. Use a Hair Scrub on Your Scalp
These are now available in the market in all big stores however if it's not in your access, you can DIY scrub at home. But you must remember, this scrub needs to be very gentle as you’re going to be scrubbing your scalp which is relatively a sensitive part of your body. With scrubbing, you remove dead skin from your scalp allowing it to breathe, removing the excess oil from your roots which is necessary to maintain a healthy scalp to ensure there's no excessive hair fall or other scalp problems.
TIP 3. Sleep on a Silk Pillow
No, not because you’re a bougie queen but mostly because silk pillows help your hair control sebum, an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands. Normal, traditional cotton pillowcases soak excessive sebum overnight, making our scalp actually end up producing more oil in the process to maintain the right ph level for your scalp. You may not see a drastic change overnight, but these baby steps will definitely pay in the long run.
TIP 4. Use Dry Shampoo
For those of us who work, or are raising families it's not always practical and even possible to wash our hair every day, however not cleaning your scalp can cause excess hair fall and dandruff. Dry shampoo is a great way to cut the washing time from half hr into just a few seconds. Spritz a good quality dry shampoo into your roots and it instantly refreshes your hair. Once its properly absorbed you can cover your hair.
TIP 5. Stop Pulling Your Hair Back
Many women complain about their hairline receding after years of wearing the hijab, that’s probably because we have been conditioned to tying our hair back very tightly and slickly so that no hair is seen while under the wraps. Well, this tying and tugging can cause hair breakage, so to avoid this situation we can start by tying up the hair in a loose ponytail and wearing a hair cap over our hair to make sure the baby hair stay afar.
TIP 6. Oil Your Hair And Use Hair Masks
Hair oils and masks are the biggest rages these past few years. Top hair care brands are extending their ranges to fit these we call now essentials to our everyday hair care routine. Our mane is what defines our beauty so it’s important to keep it shiny and healthy. Find the right oils for your hair type, and create a trial and error process, avoiding the ones that leave it dry and others that leave it super greasy.