Hijabi’s Hair Saloons Nightmares

We all know how it is easy for the ladies to get hair treatment at a local saloon. Be it to straighten, curl, dye, trim, or straight out a full haircut. While it is easier for most ladies to go to the saloon, it is definitely not easy to find a muslimah-friendly hair saloon for our sisters in hijab. Sometimes, even here in Malaysia, where there are muslimah-friendly saloons, you cannot exactly brush off the doubts or fear of random men suddenly entering or peeking into the saloon while you are getting your hair done. Yikes! This is one of the main reasons why most hijabis prefer to cut their hair or conduct hair treatment at home.

The Hijabi’s Dilemma – Hair and Scalp Care

But how do we know if we are actually doing the right treatment for our hair, when there are no experts assisting us, unlike those at the saloons? Due to the reason of never seeing our hair, some people assume that hijabis are bald. I know because I have a few friends from the Western countries asking me if I have hair under my hijab.

Like, whaaaaat?

Funny, right? Just because people don’t see it, doesn’t mean it is not there. Also unknown to them, it is extra hard to take care of our hair when we wear hijab because there are several more problems being faced by hijabis like us. For example, receding hairlines, hair falls (in so many ways than one), unhealthy hair, itchy scalps, etc. You know what I’m talking about, ladies?

A lady’s hair is her crowning glory. It is important for a woman to invest in her hair, as much as she invests on her looks and body, including for all my hijab sisters out there. In this blog, I will share with you on how to keep your hair healthy, even under your hijab.

7 Best Hair and Scalp Care Tips for Hijabi

1. Know your scalp and hair type

As I have mentioned at the beginning, your hair is your crowning glory, and taking care of it is a form of self-care too. Just like your skin, everyone has different types of scalps. There are dry, oily and normal. It is important to know which product suits best for your hair, and it is always a trial-and-error method in finding the right product for your crown.

And, I will say this: natural product is always a better choice. The more natural the ingredients your hair product have, the better it is, and the faster you can start the process of detoxifying the chemicals in your hair that you have collected over the years. Be sure to leave the products that makes your hair dry, frizzy and cause your scalp to itch.

After knowing the type of your scalp and finding the right product, you need to figure out the history of your hair. Do you often dye your hair? How many times do you wash and condition it in a week? Do you blow-dry your hair everyday? All of these have effects on your hair.

Try understanding the need of your hair within one week. There are suggestions on how often you should wash and condition your hair that you may have read in a blog or book. According to these articles, women with straight hair is allowed to wash their hair everyday, but only condition it every four to five days. If you have thick and wavy hair, you only need to wash it three times a week and condition it one to two times.

However, I would suggest for you to try understand your hair yourself by doing the one-week experiment. After all, it can be unhealthy for your hair since it is already protected from some useful UV rays we need. Try going a few days without washing your hair, and see how long does it take for your hair to get too oily, too dry, start falling, and for your scalp to itch. Note it down, and follow the schedule on your hair for the next week.

2. Sleep on silk pillows

Not only because you are a Queen, our hair is a lot more sensitive than we thought. Silk pillows will help to control your hair sebum, an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands. While the regular cotton pillows are able to absorb sebum overnight, our scalp actually ends up producing more oil in the process to compensate for what was lost. The change may not be immediate, but you will be able to see the change in your hair after some time.

3. Let your hair breath

Now, hear me out before you go off. I don’t mean you going out shopping without your hijab! Our hair and scalp needs sufficient amount of vitamin D to stay healthy, and it is rather difficult to let them have the nutrient when we covered them every day. So how can you provide vitamin D to your hair? Do you need to get a new supplement for it?

You can give your hair the nutrient it needs by letting your hair out in the sun. This can be done at home. Find a spot in your house where there is sunlight shining through, sit by the opened window and brush your hair, pretending you’re Rapunzel while singing your heart out. A better way to do this is to sit in your garden or backyard where it is highly impossible for any stranger to pass by and say hello. Also, while at home, it is better for you to let your hair down. After all, you have been suffocating them under your scarf and tight bun for 8-12 hours a day or longer. It is only fair and beneficial to let them breathe indoors.

4. Don’t pull your hair back too tight

It is understood on why many hijabis don’t prefer to let their hair down under the hijab. The moving undercap, hijab, the baby hairs, even adult hairs peeking out and giving “Salaam” to the world.


This is why some of us would pull our hair back tightly into a bun or ponytail. Or some of us pull our hair into a high bun or ponytail to prove to some people that we do have hair under our hijab.

Dear sis, this is 2018. That outdated thought should have left the world centuries ago. Know that pulling your hair too tight can cause extra hair falls and subsequently causes receding hairline. Instead of doing a tight bun or ponytail, tie your hair loosely and gather them in an undercap to prevent the earlier-mentioned problems. Be sure to wash your undercap regularly too!

You can also braid your hair instead, as braids will stay tidy and firm under your hijab, and it is also a softer way than tying your hair into a ponytail or bun. Besides, braiding your hair on daily basis can tame your frizzy hair, add volume to your hair and you can have beautiful hair waves at the end of the day. Get that French or fishtail braids! Feel good from the inside!

5. Find the perfect hijab material

Cotton is always recommended as it can allow air into your hair, but some people find their hair falls a lot when using cotton hijab, like me. Chiffon is also a good material that can let air in, but once again, it depends on you. If you prefer wearing these two types of material, as it can provide some air to your neck, you can try wearing silk or satin undercap with your cotton or chiffon. Otherwise, you can also try using silk or satin scarves as your hijab with a cotton lycra undercap.

Clothing materials can also have effect on your hair, be it a positive effect or a negative one. Cotton, silk, satin, chiffon, lycra; each one has different effects on different people. Choose a material that is the best for your hair and spend within your means. 😉

6. Keep your hair moisturise with natural beauty oils – even under hijab!

While it is an awful idea to tie your hair up and put your hijab on while it is still wet, another way for you to keep your locks dry but moisturise is by using natural beauty oils. Many would suggest using the great ol’ coconut oil that our grandmothers usually use.

No lie, I stopped using hair oils after I turned 15 years old because it was starting to itch. Looking back, it was most probably due to the fact that my granny used to pour it out and massage it wholly on my scalp and hair before putting on my headscarf. The prolong hours with the coconut oil under my headscarf might have caused the itch.

Like finding the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair, it is also important to know the type of natural beauty oil that suits your hair and scalp type. To find what type of natural beauty oils that can be used for your hair and their benefit, check these out below!

  • Argan Oil: Makes the hair healthier, moisturised, nourished, and provides anti-oxidant to the scalp.
  • Golden Jojoba Oil: Moisturises hair, add nutrients to it, and stimulates the scalp.
  • Grapeseed Oil: Moisturises and conditions hair.
  • Castor Oil: Promotes hair growth.
  • Virgin Coconut Oil: Promotes hair growth and moisturises.

The trick with these natural beauty oils is, less is more. Just put a few drops on your hand, rub it on your palm, and apply it gently ONLY on your hair. The whole idea is hydrating and nourishing your hair under your headscarf, so, we definitely do not need big pumps, making our hair oily or staining your headscarf.

If you choose to have a scalp treatment, I would suggest you do it on a day when you are at home and needed a pampering on your scalp. Just add 1 to 2 pumps of oil of your choice and massage it on your scalp. Leave in for about a few hours or as quick as 1 hour, and shampoo it thoroughly after that. Before blow drying your hair, you can also use a few drops of these beauty oil and rub it in your hair before blow drying, as a natural heat protector for your hair!

7. Essential Oils for Hijabi’s Hair and Scalp Care

Some of you may not like the idea of putting these beauty oils on your hair for the fear of the smell. You may also try adding essential oils into your chosen oil, to get the natural fragrance and additional benefits! Below are the essential oils and the benefits for your hair:

  • Cedarwood: Stimulate scalp, promotes hair growth and control dandruff.
  • Chamomile: Soothe scalp, makes your hair shine and soft.
  • Clary Sage: Promotes hair growth and stimulates scalp.
  • Geranium: Controls sebum and strengthens hair.
  • Lavender: Conditions and shines hair, control dandruff.
  • Lemongrass: Strengthens hair follicles, soothes itchy scalp and reduce dandruff within 7 days.
  • Peppermint: Stimulates scalp, cures dandruff and lice, and promotes hair growth.
  • Rosemary: Promotes hair growth and provides circulation to scalp.
  • Sandalwood: Gets rid of dry ends and adds fragrance to your hair.

 You can use any of these beauty oils and essential oils to create your own formula of natural hair conditioner. Add about 5 to 10 drops of your preferred essential oils into 100 ml of your chosen beauty oil, mix well, and massage it onto your scalp for 20 minutes daily. Remember to shower it off every time after massaging your scalp because prolong hours might itch your scalp or clog it.

Investing in your hair is also a form of self-care. Our hair is an Amanah from our Almighty and we should take care of it properly and in the best way, aside from using hijab. I hope the tips shared here for hijabis hair and scalp care will be useful for every hijabis!

By following the tips I have given above, it will take some time for you to see the changes in your hair, but once you do, you will be pleased with the result! Inshaa Allah and do share with us the results!

Happy trying!

Love, Wani

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