The Muslim head coverings known as are used by thousands of Muslim women across the globe. Although their primary reason for using hijabs is religious, as Islam mandates women to cover their heads in order to promote modesty and decency, but people who wear them also reap a few other benefits from its usage. As these scarves are used in a way that covers the head completely in about two or three layers as well as partially covers the face from the sides and bottom, they are a great way to protect the hair and face from harsh nature elements such as heat, sun rays and dust in the summers as well as rain and snow in the winters.
Hijabs are normally made from a thick material which is great at keeping the hair and face protected from external factors such as natural elements and pollutants present in the air. When the uncovered hair is exposed to the intense summer weather factors, they can prove to be quite damaging, causing dryness and loss of moisture as well as excessive hair breakage. So the covered head is safe from the heat and sun rays, providing the hair with an added layer of protection in addition to the conditioners or other hair care products that might be used. Similarly, winter hair woes include split ends due to excess dryness, dandruff, frizz and static. These problems can also be lessened substantially when the head is kept covered with hijabs while outside bearing the extremely cold winter season. Pollutants and toxins present in the air at all times are also avoided to quite an extent when the hair is kept covered.
The facial skin is the most sensitive area of the body, and it gets affected by weather and pollutants very easily. When exposed to these severe objects without any protection they can even cause skin diseases. Although there are numerous sub blocks and other protection lotions available and widely used by women all around the world, the hijabs also act as a protecting agent from many of these elements. In particular when hijabs are worn with niqabs; the piece of cloth that goes across the face under the eyes, they prove to be a great way of saving your skin the torment of these external factors.
Therefore ladies, when covering your head, remember that it pleases your Allah and also acts as a barrier that protects and shields not just your virtue but your hair and skin as well.
Sohail Khan works for Islamic Impressions which specializes in retail and wholesale products for the Islamic market and stocks a wide range of hijabs including the latest Palestinian design hijabs available in a wide range of colors.