Taking Care of Your Hijab
A lot of care goes into keeping your hijab clean and making sure that it lasts a long time. Unlike your clothes, you may end up repeating your hijab more often. This is why it needs more attention than the rest of your clothing. A lot of women I talk to end up with damaged hijabs because of the regular use of the scarves. Here are a few things to help you care for your hijabs.
Don’t miss the care instructions
Some hijabs have a lot of hand embroidery which may include bead-work and sequins, while the rest of your hijabs may be the regular non-embroidered pieces meant for daily wear. All of these hijabs come with certain care instructions. Do you read them?
Many women end up losing the beauty of their scarves because of ignoring the care instructions. Check if they can be machine washed or if they should be hand washed. If you have bought a hand-embroidered hijab, then it is likely that you may have to get it dry washed. Check with the seller or look for instructions to make sure that your scarf doesn’t get damaged because of ignorance.
Most women prefer hand washing their hijabs because washing machines can cause damage and reduce the life of your scarf. If you want to put your hijab in the machine, then use a mesh bag and wash your hijabs on the delicate cycle.
Mind your pins
Most hijabs end up getting torn on the parts where they have been secured with a pin. If you are using pins which can leave a large hole in your hijab, then it is more likely that your hijabs will suffer damage from these pins. Local convenience stores carry lots of smaller pins which can be easily hidden in your hijab and which do not tear the fabric.
Look for these small pins or alternate your hijab styles to choose styles that do not require pins. This will save your hijab from regular tear from the pins. Hijabs that have heavy embroidery-work will easily tear if the pins are not secured properly. This is because they tend to put all their weight on the pins. Use hijab styles where the pins will not have to bear a lot of weight of your hijab.
Use a tube scarf under your hijab
If your hijab is in direct contact with your head, then it will be exposed to hair products as well as sweat which reduce the life of your hijab. It is safe to use an under-scarf before wearing your hijab. This will ensure that your hijab is safe from the hair products and even securing your hijab will become easier since the tube scarf can be used as the base for pins.
Tube scarves are also very functional because they make it easy for you to go for hijab styles without pins and you wouldn’t have to worry a lot about your hijab even if it is a windy day. Not only will your hijab have a good base, it will look a lot better and will last longer.
Don’t stuff them in a drawer
After a long day, you may find it easier to take off your hijab and put it away in a drawer, but the next day, you will be dealing with wrinkled scarves that will need to be ironed before you can wear them. Regular ironing reduces the life of your hijab and it also takes time. Instead, use a hanger for your hijabs. By hanging your hijabs, you will be able to wear them the next day without showing any creases or wrinkles on the scarf. Hangers are easy and more functional and they save the fabric from constant exposure to the heat of the iron.
But hijabs that are worn occasionally should be rolled and kept in dressers since they will end up collecting dust on the hangers. Hand embroidered hijabs that are heavy should also be rolled and kept in dresser drawers because the fabric will start fraying if it is too heavy for the hangers.
Dry them the conventional way
Dryers are quick, but drying your hijabs the regular way where they can dry in the shade or on a drying rack is much better. Avoid drying them in sunlight since it will lose its color very quickly. Since hijabs are made of light and delicate fabrics, there is a chance that they may get damaged in the dryer because of zippers and hooks. The heat from the dryer also reduces the life of the scarf.
At maxim we have a wide collection of hijabs ranging from daily wear scarves to hand-embroidered and custom-made hijabs. We hope that these tips will help you care for your hijab and give them a longer life. If you have more tips or any questions about hijab care, then comment below.