The fear of the unknown circulates in many sisters who wouldn't subscribe to the use of hijabs and non-Muslim circles alike. One common burning question is: how hot does it get under wraps? For many, the thought of wrapping one's head with fabric scarf means only one thing: unbearably stuffy. While I was having a conversation with a sister who I know has been using the hijab for over seven years now, she made me understood the fact that, it does get a bit uncomfortable at times. Especially on hot days during the dry season when an ice-bottle of coca cola or chilled water sieved from a bowl of garri and air conditioning are the best of friends you would wish for at that particular point in time. After my chat with the sister, we both came up with the follow on the things you can do when it become almost unbearable.
1. Take ablution if you think about it, the ablution you make five times a day is a form of refreshing yourself with water. After taking off your scarf and performing the obligatory steps, you often feel fresher after the water has touched your skin and face. After ablution, wet your palm with some water and pat the back of your neck for instant freshness.
2. Take a break when you're in the ladies, give yourself a five minute break to remove your hijab and air your skin for a few moments before wrapping your hijab again. You can also try retying you hair. This can help to prevent your head from feeling flat and compressed from your inner cap.
3. Carry a pocket fan If you're somewhere far from bathrooms/ladies, you can simply make do of a hand fan. One thing not too popular in this part of the world are mini battery powered pocket fans that can help some cool air underneath the hijab during long journeys or days, maybe one of our sisters will take this business line up someday soon, In Sha Allah. This will help to dry perspiration, giving you a cooling sensation.
4. Wear cotton if you live in or near the hotter parts of the country or majorly during the dry season, it's best to ensure your hijabs are made mostly from cotton. This organic material absorbs sweat a lot faster than synthetic materials such as polyester, rayon, chiffon or satin.
5. Dry your hair I think the most important rule is to ensure that your hair is completely dry before putting the hijab on. Wet or damp hair will trap moisture and sweats underneath your inner cap, making your head feel a lot hotter than usual (and not to mention cause other problems). Dry clean hair seriously makes your hijab days better. O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them (when they go abroad). That will be better, so that they may be recognised and not annoyed. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful. (Qur’an 33:59)