I haven’t had a friend or relative start wearing hijab recently, but I wish someone would just so I can implement this idea.
It’s a hijab starter pack for those who are just starting to cover their hair.
I think that’s such a great idea, especially when you have no idea what colors to buy or where to get hijabs from.
I was cleaning out my room this weekend, and discovered that I have 86 hijabs.
The different colors come in handy, but I also have a lot of multiples of the same color. I have five navy blue scarves! I don’t even know what to do with that many.
So, my starter kit would include: black, white, gray, tan and navy blue hijabs. Those are definitely essentials. I’d also add in a few patterns and colors that a first-time hijabi might want to play around with. Colorful hijabs are easy enough to find nowadays at department stores.
I’d also throw in a black and white bandana to wear under the hijab. I get mine, strangely enough, from Michael’s. The bandanas are supposed to be for craft projects, but they’re perfect for hijab since they’re plain.
No hijab kit is complete without some safety pins and straight pins.
If you’re feeling really generous, purchase some light, long-sleeve shirts in black and white. Those are a must in the summer-time, when all the clothes around are short-sleeved.
Is there anything else that I’m missing out on? Anything else you’d give to a first-time hijabi?
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