Monday, 14 March 2011

Hijabi Haircare

One of the biggest problems women wearing hijab face is the change in their hair after wearing hijab. We all go through that phase where we neglect our hair after we first start wearing hijab. I used to think that no one will see my hair so what does it matter? Now 4 years on I wish I had taken better care of it. As women we love our hair, it's what makes us feel feminine, so what are the problems and solutions?

One problem I have experienced is my hair becoming very dry and limp, it's lost it's volume. another problem is when your hairline keeps going back because you tie your hair back to wear hijab, hair falling out, thinning, and just in bad shape in general.

The solutions are many, some of which I used to think were old wives tales, but as you might know those old wives tales are sometimes true. So here are your handy haircare (and scalp) tips.

1. Trim your hair every so often.
It doesn't have to be a lot just an inch or so will keep your hair healthy and stop the ends becoming damaged.

2. Massage some oil into your hair.
My mum used to drench my hair in Amla oil when I was younger, I hated it! But, massaging some oil into your hair an hour or so before washing your hair can be beneficial, it gives your scalp the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and also prevents split ends. An oil I would recommend is called Vatika hair oil (the advert comes on the Indian channels my mum watches...but just google it) In the Indian culture they actually make a day of it, like a girls night in, once a week or so to massage oil into each others hair.

3. Brush your hair everyday.
Now that you wear hijab don't be lazy about your hair, it's easy to just tie back and put your hijab on because no one will see, but brushing your hair prevents your hair getting tangled and prevents you ripping it out when you try to brush out the tangles 2 days later.

4. Eat healthy!
The key to healthy hair and scalp is in your diet here are a list of foods that are good for the health of your hair:

Salmon- Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, this high-quality protein source is also filled with vitamin B-12 and iron.
"Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to support scalp health," says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a dietitian in Los Angeles and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. "A deficiency can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look."

Dark green vege's- Spinach, like broccoli and Swiss chard, is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which your body needs to produce sebum. The oily substance, secreted by your hair follicles, is the body's natural hair conditioner.
Dark green vegetables also provide iron and calcium.

Beans- Legumes like kidney beans and lentils should be an important part of your hair-care diet. Not only do they provide plentiful protein to promote hair growth, but ample iron, zinc, and biotin. While rare, biotin deficiencies can result in brittle hair.
Blatner, who is also a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, recommends three or more cups of lentils or beans each week.

Nuts- Brazil nuts are one of nature's best sources of selenium, an important mineral for the health of your scalp.
Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that may help condition your hair. They are also a terrific source of zinc, as are cashews, pecans, and almonds. A zinc deficiency can lead to hair shedding, so make sure nuts are a regular on your healthy hair menu.

Poultry- "Without adequate protein or with low-quality protein, one can experience weak brittle hair, while a profound protein deficiency can result in loss of hair color," Giancoli tells WebMD.
Poultry also provides iron with a high degree of bioavailability, meaning your body can easily reap its benefits.

Eggs- Eggs are one of the best protein sources you can find. They also contain biotin and vitamin B-12, which are important beauty nutrients.

Wholegrain- Sink your teeth into hearty whole grains, including whole-wheat bread and fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals, for a hair-healthy dose of zinc, iron, and B vitamins.

Low Fat Dairy products- Low-fat dairy products like skim milk and yogurt are great sources of calcium, an important mineral for hair growth. They also contain whey and casein, two high-quality protein sources. For some healthy hair foods "to-go," try throwing a yogurt or cottage cheese cup in your bag when you head out in the morning to snack on later in the day. You can even boost their hair benefits by stirring in a couple of tablespoons of ground flaxseeds or walnuts for omega-3 fatty acids and zinc.

Carrots- An excellent source of vitamin A, which promotes a healthy scalp along with good vision.
Since a healthy scalp is essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair.


5. Drink lots of water.
Drinking water not only keeps your body hydrated it keeps your hair healthy and hydrated, plenty of water is a must!

6. Let your hair out.
When you get home don't leave your hair in a tight bun, let it out, let it breathe and get some air.

7. Don't let your head overheat.
In the summer make sure you don't wear a thick scarf, the reason being your head will get too hot which will result in an un-healthy scalp and your hair falling out.

8. Don't tie your hair too tight under your hijab.
I hate it when my hair starts coming out from under my hijab so I do tie my hair quite tight, but if you don't want your hair line to keep going back you have to try and not tie your hijab too tight. The same goes for wearing tight under scarves (lace under scarves)

9. Don't wash your hair too often.
This is something else my mum used to tell me not to do. Washing your hair everyday will mean that your scalp doesn't get oily (I know you're thinkin duhh that's kinda the point) but the oil your scalp produces is good for it, without it your scalp has no nutrients which makes your hair unhealthy.

10. Find a shampoo & conditioner to suit you.
Not everyone is the same therefore not everyone's hair is the same, it may take some trial and error to find the right one for you but once you've found it you're sorted. I have gone through a countless number of brands and types of shampoo, at the moment I'm using the 'Aussie' volumous shampoo, it worked for a while when I first started using it but now it's not as good, I think sometimes hair gets used to a shampoo and therefore doesn't react to it as well as when you first used it. For dandruff or flaky scalp I'd recommend 'Tea Tree' from 'the body shop' a friend of mine works their and says it's supposed to be quite good.


  1. One thing I forgot to add is that if you have a lot of hair or long hair, it's best not to tie it up tightly in a bun because this will pull on your hair and weigh it down, resulting in your hairline being pulled back. I don't know what the solution for that is but if anyone does have a solution please do share inshaAllah!

  2. JazaakAllah khair for this wonderful article sister!

  3. Assalamualaikum..
    Alhumdulillah I am a new hijabi .. and I've got long hair too by Allah's grace..! What i do is I tie my hair up as in a ponytail or plait it! .. i dont know how to tie a bun actually! But i make sure my veil is long enough to cover my hair! ..
    In the sense I usually wear my dupatta as a hijab .. so since they r usually wide and long .. I manage to have enough part of the dupatta left to leave behind so as to cover my hair, Alhumdulillah!

    Anyway .. Jazakallahu khair for the post sister! Its sure;y come in at the right time!

  4. nice article

  5. the first one, trim your hair..... that is against Islam and it is wrong.It is the same thing as keeping it cut.Once you use a sissors or a knife and protion of your hair is removed it is cut.These days more and more people are innovating ways to Islam and that is known as Bidaah. Biddah is known as a SIN I reccomend using shampoo specialized for split ends. It helps alot, and you won't have to cut your hair and when u don't cut it,you can guarantee it will cover you on the day of judgement.BE STRONG DON'T CUT YOUR HAIR.

    1. What kind of muslim are you?

    2. since when is cutting your hair wrong? saying that things are against Islam when they're not is also Biddah...

  6. Cutting your hair is biddah & a sin? LOL Have a laugh! Wallah where did you get that from? We're Muslims not Sikhs! Honestly give me a Quran Ayah or Hadeeth that says trimming your hair is a sin!

    On the other hand......

    Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

    We do not know anything (to disallow) cutting women’s hair. What is forbidden is shaving it. You should not shave your hair but you may cut it and reduce its length or volume; we know of nothing wrong with that. But that should be done in a proper manner which will please you and your husband. You should come to some agreement with him on a kind of haircut that does not resemble kaafir women, because if you leave it long, it will be a lot of trouble to wash it and comb it. So if the hair is very long or thick, and the woman cuts it to reduce its length or volume, that doesn’t matter. Cutting some of it will make it more beautiful, which will please both the woman and her husband. So we do not know of any reason to disallow that. But shaving it altogether is not permissible, except in the case of sickness. And Allaah is the Source of strength.

    See Fataawa al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, part 2, p. 515

    It was narrated in Saheeh Muslim that Abu Salamah ibn ‘Abd al-Rahmaan said: “The wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to cut their hair until it came just below their ears.” (al-Hayd, 320)

    Al-Nawawi said: this indicates that it is permissible for women to cut their hair short.

    But women should avoid resembling kaafir women or immoral women when they cut their hair

    Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan said:

    It is not permissible for a woman to cut her hair short in the back and leave the sides longer, because this involves disfiguring and fooling about with her hair which is part of her beauty, and it also involves imitating the kaafir women. This prohibition also applies to haircuts which are named after kaafir women or animals, like the “Diana” cut, named after a kaafir women, or the “lion” cut or “mouse” cut, because it is haraam to imitate the kaafirs or to imitate animals, and because that involves fooling about with a woman’s hair which is part of her beauty.

    Fataawa al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, 2/516,517

  7. Good one .. dat really help

  8. Asalamualikum.w.w.

    Sister i would just like to ask, is Shaykh ibn Baaz authentic? if you have taken all this off the net somethings are not even authentic so we need to be careful with things like this. besides its better to comment on something if we have studied these things. best to leave the rulings to the scholars.

  9. Ok after A LOT of reading around I have read that some scholars say it is impermissable to cut your hair because it imitates the kuffar & men, but it it allowed to trim your hair (no more than 3 fingertips).

    Other scholars like Sh Ibn Baaz (who was grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, but I do not know of his legitimacy) have said it is permissable to cut/trim the ends of your hair SO LONG AS YOU DONT imitate kuffar women or men.

    The information provided above is from islamQA

  10. Wallahu alam.

    If I were you I would ask the teacher/scholar you are learning from to get a better understanding.

  11. @anonymous, it would be nice if you gave a name... You have given NO DALEEL (PROOF) for your statement...

  12. @Amim. your not funny for mocking your fellow brother/sister. Allah have mercy on you!Rasul Allah – sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam – said, “Verily a person will speak words from those that Allah hates, paying no heed to what he is saying, and with those words he will plummet in to hellfire.” – Bukhari

  13. @amim your not funny for mocking your fellow muslim brother/sister. Rasul Allah – sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam – said, “Verily a person will speak words from those that Allah hates, paying no heed to what he is saying, and with those words he will plummet in to hellfire.” – Bukhari. So Allah have mercy on you!

  14. Sorry anonymous, I don't see how Amim is mocking anyone, they only said it would be nice to know your name which isn't trying to be funny or mocking and said you have given no proof for your statement, nothing in that statement is mocking anyone.

  15. Well didnt seem like that to me! and besides i never made any statement all i asked was if the shaykh you mentioned was authentic and would you trust everything you read on the net? :S people can fabricate things quite easily!

  16. Well how do you know amim was even talking to you? There are other people who commented with the same anonymous profile.

    I am sure the Shaykh is authentic but as I said Allah knows best I'm not an expert on judging people and I'm very sure the website I got it from is also authentic, IslamQA is a very trusted site run by scholars. All info on the site is also double checked for authenticity by Sheikh Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid.

    The description of the hadeeth by Imam Nawawi who is also trustworthy as he is a very well known trusted classical scholar.

    I'd be very careful of accusing people of mocking you and saying things like 'May Allah have mercy on you! Rasul Allah – sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam – said, “Verily a person will speak words from those that Allah hates, paying no heed to what he is saying, and with those words he will plummet in to hellfire.” implying that amim will go to hell for mocking you when firstly you don't even know if amim was talking to you and secondly by amim saying it'd be nice to know your name and also saying you have given no proof is mocking, maybe you're being a little bit paranoid, no?

    These are scholars who spent their whole lives studying Islam who am I or you to question their authenticity?

    In the future if you're not going to comment in a productive way by giving proof from the Quran and Sunnah please refrain from commenting.

    JazakAllah khair Wassalaam

  17. Salam, I spelt my own name wrong... It's AmiN with an N not an M. Also I was not mocking anybody.

    Sorry you felt that way.


  18. your hair is said to cover you on the day of qiyyamat. Thoes who trim and cut their hair......you will not be covered.........my ulemas and ustads told me that from when i was young...as a muslim lady we should follow the shariat and becareful of what we do....Things may seem difficult but we will be rewarded in the end

  19. Allah has confirmed His Messenger's vision with truth: You will enter the Masjid al-Haram [Sacred Mosque] in safety, Allah willing, shaving your heads and cutting your hair without any fear. He knew what you did not know and ordained, in place of this, an imminent victory. (Qur'an, 48:27)

    listen to that verse it states in the holy quraan that and Prophet Sallahu alihi wasaallam also was displease of the hair cut. Do not cut your hair.You are only suppose to cut your hair if u go to perform hajj

    [2:196] You shall observe the complete rites of Hajj and`Umrah for GOD. If you are prevented, you shall send an offering, and do not resume cutting your hair until your offering has reached its destination. If you are ill, or suffering a head injury (and you must cut your hair), you shall expiate by fasting, or giving to charity, or some other form of worship. During the normal Hajj, if you break the state of Ihraam (sanctity) between `Umrah and Hajj, you shall expiate by offering an animal sacrifice. If you cannot afford it, you shall fast three days during Hajj and seven when you return home - this completes ten - provided you do not live at the Sacred Masjid. You shall observe GOD, and know that GOD is strict in enforcing retribution.

    I did not say anything about shirk(becoming partners with Allah) i never said u were one or anythiing. It is biddah to innovate things. You own a blog about hijab and yet you go against what is said.
    anonymous yet i am,As i can do as i feel lyk so can you. I am just telling you the first one, to trim your hair is indeed wrong and against he shariat and don't say things about the Prophet wives which you are not sure of. It is very insulting. As I said there is no problem with using shampoo for split ends. You should not cut your hair.

  20. I'm sorry but that hadeeth was not said by ME or fabricated by me it is from Sahih Muslim and Imam Al-Nawawi (A SCHOLAR) was the one that interpreted it not me. So please don't tell me that I am insulting the wives of the prophet may Allah be pleased with them.

    I have never come across any hadeeth or Ayah where it is said it is a sin to cut your hair unless you do it and imitate men or the kuffar women, if you can provide me with one I'd be very grateful.

    The shari'a does not state anything wrong with trimming/cutting your hair unless you do it and imitate men or kuffar as stated by Sheikh Ibn Baaz.

    The Ayat's of the Quran are about Umrah and Hajj and not about women trimming their hair, women are FORBIDDEN to shave their heads.

    The prophet pbuh was displeased with cutting hair? Please provide me with a hadeeth in which he (pbuh) says that or were you there when he said he was displeased with it?

    'You should not cut your hair' is your opinion because you have not backed it up with evidence from Quran & Sunnah.

    The ayahs of the Quran you have given are just about hajj and YOU interpreted it to mean you can ONLY cut your hair during hajj.

    To the anonymous above I appreciate what you are saying but please can you provide me with some daleel (proof) for that, maybe if you ask your teachers and then post it here, I'd really appreciate it because Sheikh Ibn Baaz says there is nothing in the sharia to suggest trimming/cutting your hair is not allowed, but it is a sin if you trim/cut it and end up imitating men/kuffar women.

    JazakAllah khair.

  21. that verse frm the quraan states that ONLY one who goes hajj can cut their hair for the tawaf they do. I can't seriously be bothered about what you think anymore. You say something about imitating the kufar. I don't care if not do it to imitate the kufar, once u do it... your doing the same thing that they do. Even though you say you don't have the intention but once you can prevent yourself from cutting your hair. I quote that you said "The ayahs of the Quran you have given are just about hajj and YOU interpreted it to mean you can ONLY cut your hair during hajj." Exactly what more proof do you want it is the Holy Quran which was sent as a gyed. Open your eyes see what has been sent down. I seriously can't be bothered with this anymore. If you wanna cut your hair and do as the kafir's do then ........ I can't stop you because one has the ability to choose from good or bad. It is your choice. Like how some girls dress with out hijab, it is not forced upon you. Do as you are please but I am warning you. Thoes who have fun and paradise in this world will not have it in the hearafter. BTW i don't care what Sheik Ibn Baaz said . I follow the Holy Quran before I follow the sheik's. I'm going to say it again that verse from the Quran is not only telling you about hajj it's also saying you are not allowed to cut your hair in any other terms except when you perform hajj - tawaaf.
    May Allah Taalah give you strength to understand.
    Jazakumullahu Kiran for listening to what I have to say.
    Maybe someday you'll see what I mean.

  22. Sorry but I still don't think you get me. You have not spent your whle life studying Quran & Sunnah to be able to interpret the meaning of the Quran, stop acting like you're a sheikh, because clearly from your comments you are not.

    I'm not a sheikh either which is why I listen to what they have to teach me as they know more than you or I. not to mention your statements sound very arrogant.

    You should also know it is a sin to make something which is halal haraam. There sis nothing in the Quran & Sunnah to forbid women cutting their hair and the aya you have given has nothing to do with that but it is in fact stating the rituals of Hajj & the conditions of ihram.

    Please stop acting like a know it all by reading the translations to a couple of verses of the Quran and go speak to a sheikh.

  23. Also Anonymous self appointed scholar, tell me doesn't that ayah apply to men also? Does that mean men are only allowed to cut their hair during hajj & umrah?

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