Everyone wants to be able to keep their hair looking astonishing and gorgeous under the hijab for those special occasions when they plan to take it off or even just for when they get home! The question of “How?” is one that I receive in my salon on a daily basis. Here are some of my secret tips and techniques, using a variety of methods for several style options.
Having fabulous hair under the hijab is difficult for people with wavy or curly hair, but maintaining straightened hair throughout the day becomes all the more difficult. Sisters use all kinds of spritz, gels and hairspray to keep their hair straight, and hold their desired look. Apart from that, there are other tricks to keeping your hair maintained under the hijab for a longer period.
Straightening your hair
For the straight look, take a pea-sized drop of ‘anti-humidity’ or ‘anti-frizz’ serum and run it through your hair, from the roots to the ends. Your cuticles will now be sealed and the serum will add shine to your hair. This will also help keep your hair straight for two to four days even, after your gathering. When straightening your hair, use a good quality hair straightener; older and cheaper straighteners may not be able to make your style last for a long period of time. Also, for occasions when you want straight hair, it’s good to keep shampoos and conditioners on hand that are specifically meant for achieving straight hair.
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If you plan on wearing your hair up, don’t shampoo it on the day of the event, it’s easier to style if it has been shampooed at least 24hrs before. If your hair is long, you should curl it first and use just about a pea-sized amount of styling potion, which will give your style some ‘umpf.’
Medium length hair
If your hair is thin use a volumising spray, but only spray it at the roots of your hair. That way, you can reduce the frizz. Then use a good teasing brush for the ‘backcombing technique’ (teasing) to get a perfect hold. Thin hair only needs lightweight products or else the hair will flatten out under the weight. Layered medium-length hair creates texture when doing an evening style, but make sure you have no split ends as they are very difficult to work with – they create too many lengths to control. Split ends need to be trimmed every 6-8 weeks.
Another great look which is fashionable for all hair types, is three buns rolling down the back of your hair like a ‘Mohawk.’ Side ponytails are great for evening use – tied high or worn low and adorned with great hair accessories. You can also use your own hair as a headband, securing it with mini-clips. This is especially great if you want to do a sleek braid style.
The ‘Imperfect’ or ‘Casual’ updo is the easiest look to create. Use hair spray all over, just skipping your fringe – you want this to be soft and manageable so you don’t look like a helmet-head! When securing your buns or updo, secure it with hair slides. The trick is to slide them in a crisscross pattern, giving it a tighter curl. For extra control of ‘fly-aways’ under the hijab, use hair strips (available at beauty suppliers) to loosely tie your style down and prevent your hijab from being puffy. Always keep extra hair slides handy for unwanted loose hair strands.
A little effort in pre-planning, such as keeping your hair regularly trimmed and knowing which products work well for you, will go a long way in making that special night easier. Insha Allah these tricks and techniques will help you love the way your hair looks and feels.
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Natasha Somalia is the first ever Muslimah platform artist for hair, with over 20 years of experience. She is also the creator of the “COVERED The Salon” chain and the designer of a line of high quality hair products. You can visit her online at www.natashasomalia.com.