There is a massive misconception of girls believing that the Hijab cause’s hair loss and thinning. I’m coming up to my '10 year Hijab anniversary' and I personally don’t believe this is the case. In fact I would say wearing a Hijab has helped to protect my hair from elements such as the sun, wind, air, rain, pollution, styling chemicals, mousses, gels and hairspray... this list could go on. It’s a shame that I hear girls using this in one of the reasons ‘they do not want to wear a Hijab’ :-(
I do feel it is extremely important to when possible let your hair down (in the right environment of course) as it helps to relax your head and lets the air hit your scalp.
• Avoid piling lots of fabrics - this increases pressure on the scalp which could possibly lead to thinning, hair loss and patches – for a special occasion great! But daily wear I would say keep it simple.
• Pulling your Hijab tight - although it looks stunning, try do this once in a while, as this can cause thinning at your partings.
• Try wear Cotton Hijabs day to day - for work I wear the lightest fabric ever and I try tie this loosely, I do this because I want to be comfortable and I also want to make sure I am not creating permanent partings by pulling too tight.
• No one ever sees under the Hijab - so it doesn’t matter how your hair is tied, use scrunches rather than bands to bun your hair as they don’t rip your hair out.
• When possible remove your Hijab and let your hair sit free - crocodile clips are perfect to tie your hair day to day at home.
For ladies who have concerns about hair i.e. thinning, patches, loss or even wellbeing. I must say I have tested and trailed so many different items as I myself have a love/hate relationship with my locks and have been through a stage of my life when I did experience my hair falling out (bad times).
First of all let me say I was way at the back of the line when god distributed tamed hair. I am the perfect example of 'John Frieda Frizz-Ease before model and nicely fit into all hair products labelled 'hard to manage, unruly, dry damaged, brittle, frizzy and stressed'. (Lol. Ok maybe I am being a tad harsh on myself) but yep I would say I am not a fan of my hair (I blame my parents, I have African and Middle Eastern heritage, so some sisters may understand my pain. Lol).
I have a number of products which I promise has worked wonders for me;
Sometimes hair partings can get too comfy and we often find that hair stops growing in certain parts. A lovely Thai lady told me that FRESH Aloe Vera plants help alot, use the juice from this to rub in your parting/scalp. I had a plant for years and every couple of week’s used to snap a bit off and pump the goo onto my scalp (no, I am not kidding!) Did it work? I would say it did help as it stopped my parting from settling in one spot and it’s allowed hair to carry on growing, this is something to share with your brothers too as the Thai men really rate this for baldness. You can get aloe vera plants from any garden centre, it makes a beautiful house plant as it’s handy with burns too.
More Aloe Vera - My sister who lives in the UAE actually brings me back aloe vera hair mask called Fashkool. It is fab for moisture, I try and use this as often as possible as it keeps my hair frizz free. Look out for any products with Aloe Vera it is definitely an amazing magical potion.
If you visit Dubai grab a tub (click here) – (its a shame can’t be bought in the UK).
One last product as a day to day top off…