What Is a Hijab Cap?

Lainie Petersen
Lainie Petersen
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Woman holding a book

A hijab cap is a head covering that provides additional coverage and hair control to women who choose to wear a Muslim head covering, also known as a hijab. These caps come in various styles, some designed to be worn on their own, others designed to be worn under an additional head covering or scarf. Hijab caps come in different sizes to accommodate women who have very long or thick hair. Some women also wear a hijab cap to provide color contrast between the scarf and the cap.

There are many different types of head coverings or head scarves that women can use to cover their heads in order to meet Muslim modesty standards. For many of these women, covering the hair completely is an important part of meeting their religious obligations. As heads carves can easily slip off or may be made from semi-sheer material, the hijab cap can cover the hair completely and can prevent hair from escaping the headscarf. The hijab cap also provides coverage if the head scarf should slip or be blown off in the wind.

Some hijab caps fit closely to the skull, while others act more like a snood, with plenty of space in the back to hold large amounts of hair. In some cases, a hijab cap may have rhinestones or other embellishments attached to its front. Wearers can wrap their head scarves around this type of covering so that the embellishments are visible to the public, enhancing the wearer's appearance. It is not unusual for a woman to wear a hijab cap in a contrasting or complementary color to the head scarf that she wears.

Another type of hijab cap provides an all-in-one option to women who are either new to covering their heads or who dislike having to spend a lot of time wrapping a headscarf. These head coverings are made of a bonnet-like cap to which a scarf is affixed. A woman can then simply put the cap on her head and wrap the scarf ends around her throat. A third type of hijab cap is similar to a tight-fitting hood in design, covering the head and neck, but with a cut-out area for the face. This design provides women with extra coverage and security. It is also easy to put on and remove, as a woman can easily pull it over her head and then tie a head scarf over it.

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