Halima Aden: 'Hijab wearers use hair products'

Halima Aden

Halima Aden is adamant hijab wearers use just as many hair products as other women.

The Somali-American star rose to fame in 2016 when she became the first contestant to wear a burkini and hijab, or veil, in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, and in April 2019, made history when she posed in modest clothing for Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue.

However, in a new video for Allure.com, Halima made a point of addressing the myth that those who wear the hijab don't worry too much their locks.

"Another thing most people don't know is, you need a good hairspray. I really like the CHI Enviro 54 Hairspray to hold my hair in place after I put it in a ponytail," she commented. "A misconception is that hijabis don't care of their hair, and baby, I have just as many hair products as any other girl."

Halima went on to explain that she seeks out hydrating formulas for her strands and is a fan of any product containing Moroccan or argan oil. For instance, after a long flight she will use a hair product such as SheaMoisture's Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque to really revitalise her tresses.

"My hair is very dry. And I wear the hijab, so I need to have a good hair regimen - like my skin," the 22-year-old shared. "I am obsessed with SheaMoisture. After coming home from a long trip, I drench my hair in this and I leave it on for like 30 minutes. And afterwards, my hair just feels so smooth and back to life."

To protect her locks, Halima prefers not to use a hairdryer and instead allows her hair to air-dry, and she is passionate about getting her edges just right.

"Another hijabi must-have, or (for) any girl, is edge control. Edge control is absolutely necessary. You have to lay down the baby hairs, I don't care what hair texture you have, a good edge control is a must-have," she enthused.

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