Summer is a challenging season for women who cover their hair as part of hijab. How many of us have been asked, “Aren’t you hot in that?” Those who have been wearing the scarf for a long time have figured out how to make themselves comfortable and adapt to the rising temperatures, however, new hijabis are finding it a challenge to remain cool and comfortable during summer. We are sharing summer essentials and tips for women who wear the hijab to help breeze through the warm and sunny days.
Let’s start from the top.
Skip the Under Cap.
If you must, use a wide headband instead. If you already have a tube-like under cap, simply fold it in half and wear it like a wide head band. Avoid covering your ears and nape. This will keep your hair in place and help you stay cooler.
Wear Scarves Made of Breathable Fabric.
Most scarves available in the market are made of polyester, and they’re not breathable. This means air does not circulate and you end up sweating more. However, I still get away with wearing polyester scarves during summer – if I’m spending the day indoors, that is, like shopping in a mall or working in the office. But if you now you’re going to be out and about for most part of the sunny day, wear cotton, light or jersey hijabs instead.
We have a few examples for you to choose from!
Experiment with Different Hijab Styles.
Wrap your hijab loosely during summer. The easiest way would be to drape a rectangular scarf over your head, secure both sides by pinning under the chin, and then flip the ends over your shoulders. If you wear a cotton top that covers your neck, wrap your hijab turban style. Avoid layered hijab styles. You can also wear a wide-brimmed hat when you plan on hitting the beach.
Wear Loose Dresses Or Cotton Pants.
Put away those tights and leggings, ladies! Wear a slip under your skirts and maxi dresses instead. It’s also a good idea to wear a loose cotton shalwaar underneath – they’re commonly available in Pakistani and Indian stores, and are made of soft cotton or linen.
In our previous post, we have listed our favourite maxi dresses from India which will give you some ideas about what dresses to get for summer. Islam advices us to be modest and keep ourselves covered. Well, with the right type of fabric and style, we can be pretty comfortable throughout summer without compromising our hijab!
Hope you have a great summer, inshaa’Allah. Oh, and don’t forget to wear sunscreen, sunglasses and to drink lots of fluids.