I grew up hating my hair.

It was a multitude of 3c curls that nobody in my city knew deal with — not even my mom. Granted, that might have been as a result of I lived in a small, all-white city in the midst of Canada, and I used to be a really black, very East African little lady.

However that is not how I noticed it. I hated my hair as a result of it was a “downside.” I used to be the solely one who needed to put on a swim cap in school, who at all times had braids, and wash-day Sundays. I discovered to cover my curls, as an alternative of taking the time to look after them. After I hit my teenage years, I began carrying a hijab. On the time, I assumed masking my head would assist put my curly-haired issues behind me, however I used to be very unsuitable.

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Lengthy story quick: My curls turned to frizz. The dryness was so unmanageable that I simply stopped caring for it altogether. Moreover, I used to be too busy to fret about one thing as foolish as hair. However as I bought older and began seeing the pure hair motion blossom on-line, one thing in me modified. I wished to study to like my hair, even when it was coated a lot of the day. That is how I got here throughout Natasha Somalia, a pure and covered-hair skilled.

“At a really younger age, I at all times had a zest and zeal for the love of hair,” Somalia tells Attract. She’s been a hairstylist for the final 27 years, nevertheless it wasn’t till she began masking her hair that she realized there was a spot available in the market — and she or he determined to discover a answer. “When your hair is roofed all day, it may be liable to dryness and sweat. After I began to put on the hijab, I seen a severe change in my hair,” she says. “Lined hair care must be totally different as a result of it is liable to dryness. It might probably change into very brittle if it isn’t taken care of correctly.”

Lined Infusion is the road she created particularly for girls, and after I stumbled upon it, it is like all the pieces simply clicked. My hair wasn’t tough, I did not have “unhealthy” hair — I simply wanted to take heed to it. So hear I did, to all the pieces Somalia (and my hair) needed to say.

“The principle hair tip that I’d give to hijab-wearing women is it begins within the bathe. Just be sure you’re detangling your hair,” she says. “Use a leave-in conditioner and don’t permit it to dry with out combing.” Talking of which, Somalia’s even designed her personal comb to tease aside matted hair.

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One other vital think about hair-care for hijabis? Being aware of your precise hijab. Somalia encourages girls to concentrate to how they put on theirs, and how much material it is made from. “Hair loss comes from many issues. I received’t say that carrying hijab will trigger hair loss, nevertheless it does trigger breakage. Generally girls could wrap their hair too tight,” she says.

Breakage also can happen from tying your hair the identical approach day-after-day. Somalia suggests choosing decrease and loser buns underneath your hijab, and utilizing good old style scrunchies as an alternative of elastic ties. Whereas it might sound counterintuitive for girls who put on a hijab to wrap their hair earlier than sleeping, it is one thing Somalia strongly suggests. “As a result of your hair is already extra fragile, it is vital to wrap your hair in a silk bonnet earlier than sleeping so that you’re not depleting your hair of extra moisture,” she says.

However the primary factor to remember, Somalia says, is to do what feels proper, and most significantly — take heed to what your hair and physique are telling you.

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