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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.

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