HijabFacts About Hair-Loss
Many Muslim women and many converts to Islam in particular claim to experience hair loss after adopting hijab (Islamic dress). Their normal reaction is to assume that hijab is the reason for this difficult condition and wonder how they may avoid losing their hair and still wear hijab.
Fortunately, it is unlikely that hijab is the cause for any woman to lose her hair. In fact, hijab is a great protection for your hair as it never gets exposed to outside elements such as the sun, wind, air, rain, smog and other forms of pollution. In addition, women who wear hijab are much less likely to use excessive amounts of hairspray or to curl their hair regularly, both of which damage the hair and may cause it to break and fall out.
If you began losing your hair after you adopted hijab, it is most likely a coincidence since there are many health conditions which can contribute to hair-loss in women. For example, it is common to lose large amounts of hair after giving birth, especially if you are breastfeeding. This usually begins 4-6 months after the birth of a baby and grows back soon after that. Illnesses such as thyroid diorders and iron-deficiency anemia may also cause hair to thin and fall out while certain types of medications and even stress can do the same. Whether the hair loss is permanant or temporary depends on many factors, and these are best discussed with a qualified physician.
Older women in particular should realize that hair thinning is a natural part of the aging process although the process is gradual and should not result in large clumps of hair falling out all at once.
To reduce stress on the hair and scalp, do not style your hair in tight braids. Allow your hair to air dry after shampooing and do not brush it while it is wet. Avoid hot curlers and harsh chemicals such as dyes, perms and styling products. In addition, do not make it a habit to leave your hair wet under the hijab.