Being a Muslimah, I take my hair very seriously. There are many obstacles that we Hijabis need to take into consideration after deciding to wear the hijab. The main concern for me was my haircare. I have very fine, thin but wavy hair. I love experimenting with my hair color so it has been dyed, highlighted, and now balayaged often. Overall, my hair is normal to oily towards the roots, but very dry and damaged at the ends.
I try to use DIY masks and treatments because I have found that those work the best. One DIY hair mask is one that my mom has been using on me since I was only 5. It only has two ingredients that are household, so no need to buy anything too fancy. You need 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. That is it!! Mix this well and apply it everywhere on your head. Start from the roots and work your way down, concentration in messaging the scalp and hitting the dry ends. I usually leave this on for about 30-45 minutes and then follow with my shampoo and conditioner. Believe me when I tell you that your hair will be velvet smooth. Honestly!!! Try using this hair mask 1x a week. 🙂
One over the counter product that I have been using for so many months is the Hawaiian Silky Argan Intense Repair Mask ( $8.95 ). This mask is so hydrating that you only need a pea sized amount. This is very intense, as the mask lists, so I only use it on towards the ends. I leave this on for only 5 minutes. I wash this out and wa-la! Silky and smooth! The argan oil helps nourish the hair because of the fatty acids. Also, argan oil contains Vitamin E which as well helps with dry, brittle hair. I gravitate towards this mask only when I feel my hair is very dry. Mostly, this is great in the winter time since at that time my hair feels so weak and damaged.
A combination of these two has left my hair in very good condition even under the hijab. I have yet to find a shampoo and conditioner that I would die for. I tend to wash my hair quite often due to that fact that under the hijab my hair can get oily and flat. I also have started not wearing a hijab cap and instead tying my hair loosely under my hijab. If the material of the hijab is too slippery, I will take a cotton scarf that is smaller in size and use that as a hijab cap. Using this method, my hair doesn’t feel tight or suffocated anymore. Your hair needs air and also needs to be loose so that you don’t end up pushing your forehead line back or ripping hair out.
If you guys have any other suggestions or shampoos/conditioners that have made an impact in your hair, please leave them in the comments below.