Whether we realise it or not, glands of our scalp constantly release sweat and sebum; when the head is covered with a hijab, it creates a warmer environment which is ideal for bacterial and fungal infestation, resulting in itching, stickiness and that dreaded bad odour.
The first step towards maintaining a healthy scalp is regular cleansing with a mild shampoo, everyday if necessary! Often, women put their hijab immediately after washing the hair. Moist hair and scalp can damage the hair in the long run and result in producing dandruff, or even a swarming invasion by lice.
“Make sure the hair is well-dried before you put on the hijab. Unless you are in a time crunch, you should always avoid using a hair drier,” said Sangeeta Khan, managing partner of Divine Beauty Lounge and a renowned expert in beauty and style regimens.
“Comb your hair, dry naturally, and then go for your hijab. It is recommended that they do not tie hair tightly, as it may make hair strands lose from their roots,” she added.
The hair requires regular protein treatments, but that does not require frequent visits to the salon and can be done at home.
According to Sangeeta — “All you need is to soak your hair in a mixture of a banana, an egg, and three spoons of yoghurt for two hours and cleanse your hair with shampoo. This will make your hair strong, soft, and less vulnerable to breakage. Papaya, egg, honey, ripe banana, and tea liquor work as hair conditioner.
You may choose one out of the myriad conditioners available in the market. This makes hair soft, untangled and smooth.”
When it comes to wearing a hijab on regular days, always use soft fabric in cotton, which will ensure air flow. This helps absorb the sweat accumulating in the scalp. Also, make sure that hijabs are cleaned regularly. Few understand that this is an essential part of your healthy haircare regimen.