Hijabs are very controversial these days. Some people consider them to be sexist and oppressive. For a lot of European women the idea of being expected to cover their head and body in front of men and people who aren’t your immediate family sounds downright ridiculous. Why would anyone want to? It’s 2016. Our body – our rules. But that’s the thing – a lot of Muslim women choose to wear a hijab. It’s their choice and no one forces them to do it. It’s their choice to honour their traditions, and we should respect it. Plus, there’s a lot of skill that goes into wearing a hijab and quite a few fascinating secrets to make it look flawless. There’s also a couple of secrets that come with wearing a hijab you might not even know about if you don’t wear one yourself. To find out more about this just keep reading.
1. There are about a million ways to tie a hijab.
That’s right. It’s not just as easy as tying a scarf around your head. There are many variations and many tricks of the trade. And we all learned a couple of those tricks you’d be surprised with how many new outfits we could come up with.
2. That’s why they watch hijab tutorials on YouTube.
Did you know there are thousands of videos on Youtube showing all the countless options of tying a hijab? While we’re watching videos of hairstyle tutorials, you’ll often find hijab wearing girls watching hijab tutorials to learn a few useful tips and tricks on how to tie a hijab.
3. You don’t need to wash your hair often, because nobody see it.
That’s definitely one of the bonuses of wearing a hijab. You don’t have to wake up 3 hours early every morning to wash, air-dry and style your hair. You can just wear a hijab and not worry about your hair look weird all day.
4. Though they have really nice hair underneath.
Most Muslim women are genetically blessed with thick luscious locks that look absolutely gorgeous. And even though they don’t get to show those locks off very often, when they do – they look even more stunning.
5. You get really hot in the summer.
Feeling very hot in the summer is one of the unfortunate side-effects of wearing a hijab. We usually just put our hair up in a bun or a ponytail in the summer, but girls and women who wear hijabs are sort of stuck feeling a bit too hot. However, as we mentioned before, at least they don’t have to worry about people seeing how hot their head is and how greasy their hair might get.
6. Taking off your hijabs is a glorious moment.
DId you know that there’s such a thing as a hijab headache? If you tie it too tight in the morning, you might be uncomfortable all day, to the point where you get a headache. I can only imagine that the feeling of taking of a hijab at the end of the day like that is probably similar to taking of an uncomfortable bra at the end of the day.
7. Sometimes they stay in all day because putting on a hijab is too much effort.
While wearing a hijab can look pretty cool, some days, even those who love hijabs get tired. Everyone has those days when they just can’t be bothered to make themselves look presentable, now imagine trying to tie a hijab.
8. All sports are a write-off.
Depending on whether you like sports or not wearing a hijab might be a blessing or a curse. I mean, just imagine doing high-impact exercises or running a marathon while wearing a hijab. There’s just too many layers, you’d sweat so much. So for those who don’t like sports, wearing a hijab is a pretty good reason to bail on sports.
9. Despite popular belief, hijabs don’t act women as umbrellas.
If you’ve ever seen a woman wearing a hijab in the rain and thought “well at least they don’t have to worry about their hair getting wet” – you’re wrong. It’s not like hijabs are water-proof or water-resistant. They get wet in the rain just as much as the rest of us, if not more. I mean, you can just dry your hair off or brush it through. Now if you’re wearing a hijab you’re sort of stuck wearing a wet scarf on your head.
10. But most importantly, they’re really proud of their choice.
No matter the advantages and disadvantages of hijabs, we should all remember that it’s a choice they made. So treating women who wear hijabs differently is wrong no matter what. You wouldn’t tell your friend who decided to color their hair, or cut it short that they don’t know what’s better for them. So don’t do it to women who wear hijabs. Respect is key.