Look modest and stay cool.
The sportswear world isn’t as inclusive as it could be, but that’s something that’s always changing. Today, you’ll find activewear for plus-size fitness enthusiasts, women who are pregnant and even para-athletes. Now on the radar of sports brands, too, are hijabi athletes, who have long had to adapt to other methods to keep covered while working out.
Nike set an example when it unveiled its Pro Hijab, but it’s worth noting that there are several emerging, independent labels from around the world that offer high-quality headscarves. That’s good news for any Muslim woman looking to stay active and healthy.
Of course, getting a sports hijab right isn’t a simple task: it will need to fit perfectly and keep its wearer cool and dry. To make your life easier, we’ve rounded up the activewear brands that have ticked both boxes, and then some. Check them out below.
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This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.
The Nike Pro Hijab has been improved for version 2.0. Gone is the awkward elastic band around the opening. The new design slides on smoothly, stretches to fit you right, and features an interior strap to hold it in place. The soft, technical mesh that it’s made of is great too: it’s cooling, breathable, and sweat-wicking. We recommend wearing this one for serious workouts.
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Asiya is an American modest activewear label. It’s made by and for Muslim women, which is obvious from the comfortable design of its pull-on Sport hijab. It is both soft and super lightweight, crafted with a cooling fabric blend of polyester and stretchy spandex. The best part? It fits close to the neck, so you can easily tuck it under your gym tee and get it out of your way, especially if you’re doing a contact sport like boxing or martial arts. Oh, and it comes in 11 different colours.
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Capsters’ headscarves are named after the sport they’re designed for, so no guesses as to what this “Runner” hijab is meant for. It stands out with its colour block design (there are seven colourways to choose from) and fits firmly around your head without any pins or knots. If you’d like more coverage, Capster also offers the Runner XL, a longer version that extends over the chest.
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Nike isn’t the major sportswear brand that’s catering to hijabi athletes. Under Armour’s fitness headscarf, like any good one, is soft, cooling and breathable. It comes with couple of design details worth mentioning, too: the hijab is constructed to stretch in four directions, so you can move freely, and there’s a built-in headphone access for you to stay plugged in to your music while you sweat it out at the gym.
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Scottish label Olloum offers a “Performance Instant Scarf” that you can wear two ways: firstly, by fastening the front around your head, and secondly, by adjusting its grip on your head with the three buttons on the scarf. Made of stretchy and cooling polyester jersey, the scarf’s versatile design means that you can wear it outside of your workout sessions, too.
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If you’re into fitness activities with lower intensity, this Uniqlo hijab designed by Hana Tajima is perfect. It’s made with the Japanese brand’s signature AIRism technical fabric, which boasts a range of benefits: it’s light, anti-bacterial, anti-odour and quick to absorb and dry perspiration. You’ll be able to flex and stretch at your next yoga session while staying fresh.
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