There are usually two types of veiled/hijab-wearing women. Those who think their hair is going to stay healthy and protected just because it’s covered from all the pollution and sun it’s exposed to every day, and those who think their hair is doomed because it will be squashed under the scarf most of the day and it won’t be able to thrive to its full potential.

Well, The Daily Crisp is here to tell you that if you’re thinking like either of these two groups of women then you’re wrong. Although your hair does get protection from the sun and the harmful air pollutants, it won’t stay healthy and strong unless you actively take care of it and have a great hair routine that fits your hair type. So, here are tips on how to keep your hair healthy even if it’s squished under a scarf all day.


1. Don’t tie your hair tightly the same way every time you wear your hijab.

First of all, you should never tie your hair tightly for long hours at a time, whether you’re veiled or not. Wearing your hair this way will only harm and weaken your hair follicles, which slows the hair growth. Hair loses its elasticity while it’s wet, so tying it tightly when it’s wet is pretty damaging and will lead to breakage. Always make sure it’s completely dry before tying it.


2. Don’t wear your hijab on wet or damp hair.

Make sure your hair is totally dry before you cover it up. If you don’t you’ll have a musty smelling hair, because you didn’t give it time to fully dry and air out. You’ll also risk damaging your hair shaft, which leads to split ends. The dampness could dry out your scalp leading to dandruff. It’s a common misconception that water is actually moisturizing when used on the hair or skin. Water is only hydrating when you drink it or eat it within your food.


3. Use scarves made of natural fabrics.

Cotton is your best friend whether you’re veiled or not; it’s the best natural material to wear in this blustering heat because it breathes like a dream. Other natural fabrics are also good for your hair, like Silk. These won’t harm your hair and will allow it to breathe in the summer heat, which means less sweat on your scalp and that means less clogged hair follicles. If you have to wear other synthetic materials like Polyester or Nylon, we suggest wearing a cotton bandana underneath so the synthetic fabric doesn’t cause hair breakage or split ends because of the friction with your hair.


4. Pay attention to how you wrap your hijab.

Everyone has got their own style and their own comfortable way of wearing hijab. However, here we’re trying to focus on the best way to be veiled and maintain a healthy hair. This means you shouldn’t wrap your scarf super tightly on your head, this will suffocate your hair, and expose your scalp to be dryness and itchiness.  It can also cause dandruff on the long run. Also, try to avoid wearing multiple layers of scarves; we know it might be fashionable but it won’t let your hair breathe at all.


6. Change your hair part from time to time.

You can change it up by braiding your hair loosely or wearing it in a loose low bun. Don’t just keep parting your hair, in the same way, every day, or you’ll cause your hairline to thin and your hair to start fall. You can tie it into two loose buns, or two (or three) french braids. Whatever you choose to do, make sure it’s loose and not pulling on your hairline, to avoid getting headaches and an itchy dry scalp along the day.


7. Massage your hair.

Well, technically when massaging your scalp, your hair benefits a great deal. Regular or even a daily 4-10 min scalp massage is the best thing for keeping your hair healthy while wearing hijab. This helps blood circulation in the scalp making your hair follicles thrive. Just put your fingers on your scalp and move the skin gently around. Careful not rub your hair follicles, this will harm your hair instead of benefiting it. Hair massage really gets the blood flowing in your head, so make sure you don’t massage over 4 mins if you get migraines on a regular basis.


8. Take good care of your hair at home.

It’s very important to take your hijab off first thing when you go home for at least a couple of hours.  You need your hair to breathe, so remove all hair ties and hair accessories as soon as you can. Always comb your hair with a wide tooth (preferably wooden) comb or use a tangle teezer, if combs are not your thing, before you go into the shower. Don’t comb your hair if you have curly hair (if you don’t want Monica’s hair in Friends when they went to Barbados, then just don’t). Know your hair type and know how to take proper care of it, give it regular hair masks and treatments that work well for your hair type. Give it a trim every 2-4 months if you spot any split ends so they don’t travel up your hair.


Send this to all your hijab wearing girlfriends and start your new and improved hair care routine together, you know, because sharing is caring!