As someone who began wearing the scarf later in life—early thirties—I understand how the decision to embrace hijab can make you nervous, apprehensive, and determined. I’m here to tell you that once you make the decision and step out for the first time wearing the scarf, you’ll find that it’s not entirely difficult. Sure, there are some challenges in the beginning, but nothing that you can’t handle.
Plus, you’re not alone! There are so many smart, strong, successful, independent, and beautiful women out there who wear the scarf with such elegance and pride.
So congratulations for making a choice for yourself! Making the decision to be modest and to follow your faith, to stand up for what you believe in, and to be able to pursue your dreams are accomplishments that will shape a stronger, more confident you.
When the ultimate decision of wearing the scarf is yours, people’s opinions on the hijab become irrelevant. Nobody gets to decide for Muslim women what does or doesn’t oppress us.
How may I help you with your hijab journey?
Now that you have decided to wear the scarf, are you getting confused with which type of fabric to get? What dimensions should you look for, specially when purchasing online? How to keep your hair under the scarf? Tips on styling, pins, and inner scarves?
It is impossible to list everything in one page, but I hope that you find the information useful. I’m sure you’ll have a lot of questions. Feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll try my best to help you, inshaa’Allah.
Love & duas,
common types of fabrics used for hijab
The first question that arises when starting to wear the scarf is where to buy it from. Those living in Muslim countries can easily find shops selling scarves and modest clothing. You can go to any one of those and physically see as well as feel the fabric before making the purchase. Those living in places that do not have stores selling scarves can buy from any one of the several hijab stores online. There are so many to choose from!
What to buy? The choices are overwhelming!
I would suggest that for your first hijab purchase, select a fabric that is easy to drape, such as a light-weight cotton or viscose scarf. Get an undercap (I prefer the one that looks like a tube); it will help keep your scarf in place for a long time. You don’t have to wear black scarves! Pick a color you love, matches your favourite dresses, and compliments your skin tone.
After getting a bit used to styling the scarves and knowing which style you like best, you can treat yourself to a satin silk or a gorgeous georgette scarf to wear to a party or a formal event! But do not use old safety pins or pins will blunt tips on the delicate scarves. Use hijab pins with sharp tips.
What about the size of the scarf?
Most women prefer a rectangular scarf that is wide enough to cover the chest area and long enough to style easily. That is why almost all Asateer Scarves are maxi-sized scarves. They’re 200 cm long and 76 cm wide. Even our limited edition scarves are larger than most store-bought ones.
How do you style your hair under the scarf?
I have long hair. I first put on my tube-like undercap, bringing it down to my neck. I then tie up my hair in a loose ponytail, make a bun, and clip it in place. I pull the undercap back on, adjust it in place (the undercap supports the weight of my bun), and wear my scarf on top of it securing it with pins. The scarf stays in place the whole day! I work full-time so I need to make sure that everything stays in place.
I’m new to wearing a scarf and it’s giving me a headache. What’s causing this?
In the journal Headache, Dr. Huma Ansari, a senior internal medicine resident at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, published paper on this topic. They described the cases of five women who reported bilateral headache either prompted by or worsened by donning the hijab. Four women had never experienced headaches prior to wearing the hijab and one reported increased frequency and severity of “tension-type” headaches.
Noting that two of the five women wore their hair in a bun or ponytail under the headscarf, the researchers described the phenomenon of “ponytail headache,” which was preventable by loosening the ponytail.
“A possible explanation for the etiology of hijab headache may be similar to that of ponytail headache, purely extracranial in nature, associated with the relation of the headscarf to extracranial tissues and friction against the hair,” Dr. Ansari wrote.
Personally, I also noticed that when pressed for time in the morning, I would put on my scarf without waiting for my hair to dry out completely after a shower. This almost always gave me a headache.
What you can do: tie your hair loosely and try different ways to wear your hair under the scarf, use a lightweight and breathable fabric as a scarf, avoid wrapping the scarf tightly, make sure you’re hair is dry after a shower, and massage your scalp gently after removing the scarf.
If your headache persists, consult your doctor.