There are many reasons why Muslim women choose to wear a hijab or not – it is a personal decision. Here, we will look at some of the benefits women feel when wearing a headscarf or other veil to cover parts of their body. There are both social and scientific reasons why wearing the hijab can be a good thing for women. First, we will look at the social benefits.
The main advantage of wearing a hijab is to prevent the unwanted attention of men, particularly for women who are married already. When a man sees a woman who is covered, he knows straight away she is off-limits, and should not approach her. Women can also feel safe from such advances by wearing a veil, and they know they will not be seen only for their beauty. Women who cover their face are more likely to be appreciated for their minds rather than their beauty, which is very important for most women.
Some women also like to be covered up when out in public as it gives them a confidence boost. Such women place less emphasis on what they wear and how they style their hair. The hijab can also be seen as hygienic – just like many workers have to wear coverings, such as healthcare professionals and those in the food industry. Some people like to give hijabs as Eid gifts, which is another great social factor.
Moving on to the scientific benefits of wearing a hijab, it is great for keeping the head warm during the winter months. It is thought that about 50% of heat is lost through the head, so keeping it covered during cold weather is important for health reasons.
In the summer, wearing a covering helps to protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays, which can reduce the effects of aging as well as the possibility of developing skin cancer. A hijab can also help protect the hair during the summer. Sunlight can damage the hair, and the hijab will also keep pollen and dust away from the hair, ensure it looks healthy.
There are however many reasons why a woman may choose not to wear a hijab. Some feel it is not a religious requirement, and they can remain modest enough with just their clothing. In Western societies where Islam is not the main religion, some women feel wearing a headscarf brings more attention, therefore defeating its original purpose.