8 Struggles of Hijabis

8 Struggles of Hijabis

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1. HIJAB HAIR

We’ve all heard of helmet hair, but hijab hair is just as real! It’s that flat-scalp look you get after a long day of wearing a scarf on your head. It’s a look that’s flattering on NO ONE. But perhaps it isn’t as bad as wet hijab hair, which pretty much glues your hair to the top of your head when it’s wet so that when you finally open your scarf at the end of the day, you’re left with crazy curls on the bottom and zero volume up top.

2. FINDING FOOD (IN YOUR HIJAB)

So you went to the movies and had some popcorn. And maybe some candy. And maybe some nachos. But when the movie is over and you stumble out of the dim theatre, you’ll discover that you’re broadcasting your movie snacks to the whole world. How? Because they’re still in your hijab.

There is something almost magical, kind of scary, about how the hijab seems to attract food. It could be hours later that you are surprised to discover remnants of lunch (0r even breakfast) in the deep depths of the folds of your hijab. How it gets there is no mystery, but how it stays down there will always be wondered about.

3. WEARING THE SAME HIJABS ALL THE TIME

If you’re a hijabi, chances are you’ve got a huge hijab collection. You collect hijabs like some people collect coins: without apology. But despite the amount of closet room your collection undoubtedly takes up, you probably end up wearing the same three or four scarves day in and out. They’re your worn-out, beloved scarves that just go with EVERYTHING. And so you reach for them time and time again, and continue buying more, because your collection still needs to grow.

4. THE HAZARDS OF HIJAB

Unless you are a magician and can magically wizard your scarf to stay put on your head, chances are you have to tie that wildebeest down and make it stay DOWN. Pins are usually your friends in this situation, until they stab you in the back (literally). No matter how safe you think your no-snag hijab pins are, you’ve probably poked yourself  with them more times than you can count…

5. EMERGENCY HIJABS

The emergency hijab is an integral part of a hijabis life. It’s that piece of cloth you don when your actual hijab is nowhere to be found and you must cover up immediately. For some, it could be a pillowcase that you stuff your head inside of, or it could be a kitchen towel you loosely hang over your head, or anything your hands grab when you’re caught hijab-less and can’t find your actual hijab.

6. SEE-THROUGH HIJABS AKA DUPATTAS

See-through hijabs come in all shapes and sizes, but perhaps the most dangerous of them all, are the South Asian dupattas. Dupattas are not meant to be worn on the head, which is why they often come in light, silky fabrics and have trims and laces on the side. But sometimes you don’t have anything else that goes with your dress other than the pesky dupatta that came with it, and so must go to battle with that slippery, see-through, beaded piece of fabric and hope that somehow you transform it into a hijab.

7. HAT OR EARMUFFS HIJAB

Contrary to popular belief, our hijabs are not centrally cooled or heated, unfortunately. Even though our ears are covered up by fabric, it’s a pretty thin layer of fabric which means that our ears also get cold. And that’s when we have to make the very difficult decision of how to cover our ears without ruining our hijab and looking funny.

8. MAKEUP HIJAB

If you wear makeup, there’s probably no need to wipe off the makeup from your face. Why? Because your hijab has already done it! Our scarves are tightly hugging our face all day long which means that when our face sweats, our scarves absorb the makeup too. Which means that the three to four scarves you wear the most probably have makeup stains all over them!

What other struggles do you have? Let us know in the comments!

With love.

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