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Muslim women who just started covering their hair with a hijab may notice changes in their hair. That’s one of the things that Natasha Somalia, a natural and covered-hair expert attested to Allure in an interview.

The hairstylist said that she notice “serious change” in her hair since she started wearing a hijab. Somalia has 27 years of experience as a hairstylist and said that she always had a “zeal for the love of hair”.

“When your hair is covered all day, it can be prone to dryness and sweat,” she shares.

“Covered hair care needs to be different because it’s prone to dryness. It can become very brittle if it’s not taken care of properly.”

Hair care tips for hijab-wearing women

Somalia, who is also the creator of Covered Infusion, a hair care line that caters to hijabis, shares the following hair care tips.

Hair Care Tips Hijabi

1. Get your shower routine right

Somalia advises hijabis to detangle their hair in the shower.

“Use a leave-in conditioner and don’t allow it to dry without combing,” she advises.

Somalia has a special comb in her hair care line to tease apart matted hair.

2. Take note of how you wear your hijab

Being mindful of how you wear your hijab and the kind of fabric it’s made of is another important hair care tip she shared.

“Hair loss comes from many things. I won’t say that wearing hijab will cause hair loss, but it does cause breakage. Sometimes women may wrap their hair too tight,” she told Allure.

3. Pay attention to how you wear your hair

Tying your hair the same way every day can lead to breakage. To make sure that your tresses remain strong, Somalia suggests going for lower and looser buns under the hijab. She also says that it’s better to use scrunchies instead of elastic ties.

4. Wrap your hair before sleep

It does sound like a strange advice for a hijabi to wrap her hair before sleeping, but Somalia strong encourages it.

“Because your hair is already more fragile, it’s important to wrap your hair in a silk bonnet before sleeping so that you are not depleting your hair of more moisture,” she recommends.