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Hijabi Beauty Secrets: How to take care of your hair under your hijab, according to the pros

Hijabi Beauty Secrets: How to take care of your hair under your hijab, according to the pros

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Text: Redzhanna Jazmin

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Did you know: Your hijab habits might be ruining your hair. Here's the pro's guide to foolproof hijabi hair care

If you're a hijabi who is struggling with her hair, look no further—we spoke to the pros at CocoDry to glean some of their best tips for hijab hair care and we're sharing everything we learned. Ahead, we're breaking down the hair issues you may be seeing, why you're seeing them, and how to curb your bad habits!

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What are the most common scalp and hair issues seen in hijabi women?

According to the CocoDry team, the most common scalp issues found among hijabis includes excessive dandruff, itchy scalp and hair loss: "The excessive dandruff and itchy scalps that many hijabis experience likely results from 1) Damp hair under the scarf, 2) Poor hygiene practices, and 3) Not changing the inner regularly.

"The hair loss issue, on the other hand, arises from constantly tying the hair in a tight bun or ponytail under the hijab—this puts the hairline under a lot of stress. Other common hair issues hijabis face include frizzy hair that results from friction between the scarf and damp hair."

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What can I do to keep my hair healthy?

Good news, ladies! The remedies to your hair and scalp issues are surprisingly simple—CocoDry explains that just a few changes in your beauty routine can make all the difference. These changes include:

TIP #1: Stop wearing your hijab with damp hair
Newsflash: Your hair is weaker when it's wet. Therefore, wearing your hijab over damp hair causes unwanted split ends, frizziness and dandruff, thanks to the aforementioned friction and your hair's compromised integrity. 

TIP #2: Change your inner hijab frequently
A good rule of thumb to keep to is to change your inner caps and your hijab at least every one to two times after use. Malaysia is lovely and temperate, but it's also hot and humid. As you sweat throughout the day, the sweat easily builds up on your scarf and inner, attracting bacteria and dirt. 

TIP #3: Try to tie up your hair less or not at all
This will help to reduce strain on the hairline and prevent traction alopecia (hair loss caused by repeated pulling on hair).

TIP #4: If you are going to tie your hair up, try to change the position of your ponytail or bun frequently
This will change the point of stress on the head, again reducing the risk of traction alopecia. Better yet, opt for a loose braid to keep hair pulled back neatly.

TIP #5: Change the material of hair tie you're using
PSST: Loose scrunchies made from silk or satin are preferred as they reduce strain on the hair

TIP #6: Change the material you're using for the scarf
PSST: Breathable fabrics like cotton or viscose are ideal
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TIP #7: Blow dry your scalp and your hair after washing, but especially before putting your hijab back on
Not so fun fact
: Leaving your hair wet can create the perfect environment for bacteria and mould to thrive, potentially leading to itchiness, dandruff and clogged pores.

TIP #8: Use a hair mask two or three times a week
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TIP #9: Use the right shampoos for your scalp condition
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TIP #10: Go for regular scalp treatments to maintain good scalp health
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TIP #11: Make sure you're cleansing your hair regularly and thoroughly
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TIP #12: Give your scalp some TLC
Massaging your scalp (using your fingertips, not your nails) is a great way to boost circulation and improve hair health. You could also try combing hair with a wooden paddle brush to exfoliate any buildup on the scalp before washing.

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