Your hair is just another part of you and is so so important for your self-care. We've put together this post with the help of other women who wear their hijab's and also give their hair the nourishment and love it deserves.
We got some lovely feedback from the @hairgrowbox family so we've decided to put this together to help the ladies who are just about to start their natural hair journey and also for those who can do better when it comes to looking after their own hair.
So let's talk about possible damage you might experience:
You have been using chemical treatments to straighten your hair and now its thin and not as healthy as it used to be.
You've been losing your edges (hair-line) due to wearing tight buns or buns in general. Edges in the middle of your crown can be affected by tension.
You've been losing moisture due to the material of your under cap? The loss of moisture makes hair prone to breakage, polyester, velvet, cotton, which can cause a lot of friction which then causes split ends, breakage, and some hair loss.
Scalp issues due to not washing hijabs and under caps regularly. How many of us have spent hours on our hair during 'wash day? Then before we leave the house, we reach for the same under cap/hijab we have been wearing for days WITHOUT washing, only to start itching our heads under the hijab not long after and wondering if the shampoo was even effective? Clean hair should be coupled with freshly cleaned hijabs and under caps.
Hair care before and after ghusl/wudu, although water is a hydrator, it also evaporates leaving your hair even drier and more brittle than before. So if you have dry hair, take care to retain moisture by using a good moisturizer when your hair is a little damp or dry (not dripping wet) and seal it with a light oil. The moral of the story, get a good moisturizer & oil to keep your hair moisturized.
Here are some overall healthy hair routines: Know your hair type, so you know which products will work best for you. We have a great resource a post here you can refer to on different hair types.
Sleep with a silk pillowcase or silk bonnet, this is important to make sure you retain your natural hair oils and also helps reduce friction.
Get into a good routine, once you have your products it's time for you to discover what will work best for you. So get into a good regime so you can use the right amount of conditioning and styling. If you have curly hair you should wash three times to once a week (if you use a lot of gels and oils), however for coily (type 4 hair) you might want to wash your hair weekly. We suggest writing a small journal if you are starting out, so you can track your progress.
Get the right material to cover your hair, cotton might work for you otherwise silk or satin hijabs are breathable and will reduce friction. Hijab style is very personal, so make sure you have something that feels and look good for your hair.
Be one with the outside elements now and then, wear your hair out in the garden and let it get some Vitamin D, you should be intentional about this because your hair is mostly covered, get out for a short while and let natural light and some wind latch onto your hair every now and then. We suggest having a cup of tea or coffee amongst your garden or balcony and give your hair moment, with some Vitamin D.
Refrain from all the pulling. Tight ponytails are a thing of the past, just make sure your edges aren't getting too much pressure to prevent a receding hairline. So loosen it up, use some, so your hair is comfortable in your bun or ponytail. If you have type 4 hair and need to use heat to straighten it, always use a heat protector (before applying heat) and deep condition your hair often to mend it every 2 weeks or so. If you use chemical treatments like relaxers or keratin, try to do these once or twice a year, they are harmful in the long-run, so the less you use them the better your hair will be.
Hair masks and deep conditioners are your closest friends so use them well. Putting yoru hair in some sweet almond or avocado oil and a good deep conditioner will breathe life into your hair. Do this every 2 weeks to start off. We offer great hair masks and deep conditioners, so check the shop to see what you might like.
Use oils and moisturizers to keep your hair hydrated. Your hair is entrusted as an amanah too, so find the right oils and moisturizers and create a trial and error process to avoid the ones that leave your hair dry and brittle or greasy. We always cover moisturizing your hair on this blog, go ahead and find the box that works for you.
Protective styles like braids - this will give you a break from having to constantly plan for your next hairstyle. It's a softer way to keep the hair tied back. You can put it in twists to help you tame the frizz and also will keep your hair tidy whilst under your hijab. If you want braids, but don't want them to look bumpy, keep the braids smaller at the front if possible. For cornrows, keep them close together, so your hijab fabric doesn't dip between the gaps. For box braids, you might want to make them thinner. Make sure they are not too tightly braided.
We hope this has been helpful. Please let us know if you have other thoughts, we would love to help you ENJOY your hair journey.
With love from the HGB team!