You step inside your house after a long day and tug at your headscarf, and toss it as far as you can see. You’re free! You walk into the bathroom and staring back at you is a wild tumbleweed sitting on top of your head. You ponder, “is this really my hair?!” If you find yourself in this situation, where you scare yourself silly after taking off your headscarf, I have a few pieces of advice for you.
Use Protective Hairstyles
Braids and other styles can keep your hair in healthy condition. Your hair will be lying on your head instead of in a huge lump. Plus, you won’t have to brush your hair constantly! You’ll save time getting ready for bed and get more sleep. It’s a win-win situation.
Let Your Hair Breathe
Your headscarf is constantly compressing your hair to your scalp—let it run wild. Let your crowning glory take a breather, similar to marathoning Netflix on a Sunday, or going for a walk in the park. That way, your hair won’t be matted like a wet dog’s.
Don’t Postpone Detangling
Leaving your hair a matted mess won’t do you any good. Yes, no one will actually see that mop of so-called hair, but this is still not advisable. Pick up that hairbrush and gently detangle your hair. The reward of running your fingers through your hair is worth the time it takes to brush out the knots. Your scalp will thank you!
Wash Your Headscarves Regularly
Oil, dirt, hair products and goodness knows what else are in your headscarf. And noticing that your headscarf smells funky halfway on your commute to school isn’t fun. Don’t leave your hair in a cry for help, and toss that headscarf in the wash. Besides, it’ll smell pleasant in the not-so-nice smelling train station.
Don’t Wrap Too Tight
You need circulation to your scalp and head, so loosen up a bit. No circulation to the scalp will result in hair loss, and you might not want clumps of hair floating down to greet the floor. Also, it’ll help prevent migraines, dizziness and headaches that no one wants.
If you follow these tips, your hair will look the models in the Pantene commercials. Remember, consistency is key—don’t fall off your hair routine. I wish you loads of luck on your hair journey! Treat your hair like the noble it is.