Nov 132014
 

Wearing hijab all the time can make you forget about your hair.

At least that’s what happens to me. I put it up in a bun and wrap my scarf around my head and think nothing of it.

But, there are days when I wish I would take better care of my hair.

What if I end up having friends over, I don’t want them to see my tangles and frizz! lol.

I decided to buckle down and do something about it, and finally went to get myself a new flat iron. The one I have is from when I first got married, nearly 10 years ago! wow time flies :)

Once I picked out a flat iron, I asked the sales lady if she knew of any good heat protectant for the hair. That’s when she told me what her personal favorite item to use is….

It’s called “It’s a 10, miracle leave-in product”

hijabi hair care tips

All you have to do is spritz it on your hair wet or dry before styling.

I am in love with this stuff! For the first time in … a long time hehe… my hair is frizz free! It’s soft and luxurious and I even use on the kids when I braid their hair, it helps tame the fly aways.

Added benefit is that it’s also a heat protectant so you can heat your hair and not worry.

As you can see from the photo it comes in a variety of sizes, I bought the biggest one and I’m glad I did because we’ve been using it a lot in our home… even Mr. Hijabtrendz is into it haha!

Have any of you tried this before? What is your favorite hair styling product? Do you even think hijabis should care about their hair lol?

Nov 092014
 

Hijabtrendz Junior and Hijabtrendz Mini have been loving the latest winter fashions to hit store shelves.

It’s all about gray and black. And while they typically seem like they are adult colors.

Sometimes it’s fun to give kids the chance to feel a little grown up.

fashion from Target for little rebels

fashion from Target for little rebels

fashion from Target for little rebels

fashion from Target for little rebels

The gray weather outside and the gray walls seemed to give these pictures a gloomy filter… but no worries, we’re all in good spirits despite the lack of Vitamin D!

Outfit details…..

Hijabtrendz Junior:

Shirt and pants from Target.

Boots: Michael Kors

Hijabtrendz Mini:

Shirt from J.C. Penny

Pants from Target

Boots from Target

As you can see we love Target. Or at least I do. Whenever I am shopping for groceries (yes our Target has a huge grocery section). I also happen to stop by the clothing section to see what’s new. And more often than not I find some inspiration lol.

Are you as obsessed as I am? I find style inspiration from dressing my girls, so I’m probably going to look for some black boots and sparkly pants hehe.

Nov 082014
 

I’m all about trying to cook in new ways and limit things like gluten, because it seems a lot of people are sensitive to it these days.

I also thought it would come in handy to learn recipes I can make in case I have guests who are allergic to Gluten. One of my daughters has a few classmates that can’t eat it, so this might be something I could share with her class.

I came across the recipe on the back of this oat flour when I was shopping at Whole Foods. And while I was there I decided to get the rest of the ingredients.

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The amount sounded a little small to me, so I doubled the recipe and placed it in a bigger pan.

The only thing I substituted was the sugar. I put half xylitol and half sugar because I’m experimenting with other kinds of sweeteners. Next time I’ll probably use the full amount of sugar because it wasn’t very sweet. Although I could have added ice cream on the side and that would have taken care of it hehe.

gluten free raspberry bars

Recipe from back of bag in case you can’t read it:

You’ll need an 8×8 pan that’s buttered or sprayed with non stick spray.

Preheat oven to 375 F.

1 cup of melted butter or earth balance if you want it dairy free.

1 tsp vanilla extract divided

1 cup gluten free oat flour

1 cup gluten free rolled oats

1/2 cup sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons xantham gum

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

2/3 cup of Raspberry jam

Melt the butter and mix in the oat flour, rolled oats, sugar, anthem gum, baking powder, lemon zest and salt, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Spread half the mixture on bottom of pan firmly. Take the raspberry preserves and mix in the other 1/2 teaspoon of vanillay. Spread the raspberry preserve on top of the oat mixture. Then take the remaining oat mixture and crumble it on top and then press it down.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until top is lightly browned and firm. Let it cool for at least 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

Let me know if you make it and whether you’ve added your own twist. :)

Do you have any favorite oatmeal bar recipes?

Nov 062014
 

hijabtrendz review

We recently received some hair care products from Sahfee Care.

It’s a company based in the Netherlands and they make hair care products that are vegan and halal certified.

They also claim not to contain any alcohols, parabens or animal extracts.

Now, to be honest I’ve never really taken the time to analyze whether I need special shampoo or conditioner because I “cover” my hair.

However, I thought I’d give these items a try.

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I only tried the pink bottles so far, because they sent a lot of stuff, so it will take me time to go through them lol.

When I poured the shampoo in my hand I was surprised at its bright pink color, I guess it’s an acquired thing. I’m used to only clear shampoos for the most part. Also, because I’m in the US it does a lot of international items take time to get used to. It doesn’t smell like almond, which is what I was expecting because it has almond oil in it. It has a perfume like smell but I can’t place it or figure out what exactly I can compare it to.

There may be some “lost in translation” because the products are marketed as preventing hair loss, and I think that’s a very steep claim to make. Most hair loss is due to genetics, diet, or using lots of heating tools on your hair etc.

Overall, it’s great to see a company that is marketing to Muslim women and those who wear hijab, because it’s not often we get to be in the spotlight as a consumer.

You can find more information on the Sahfee Care website.

Have you ever seen hair care products marketed toward hijabis outside of Muslim majority countries?

Nov 032014
 

Those of you who’ve been with Hijabtrendz for awhile probably know that I’m all about comfortable clothing.

Behold this extremely soft shirt dress from Gap that I came across a few weeks ago.

It came in two colors, and I picked the dusty rose shade, because it’s perfect for fall.

I find that it’s a somewhat universally flattering fit for anyone. Although I did try my best to not post any photo where my bust looks as though it’s “busting” out, because I didn’t want to traumatize anyone, let alone get nasty comments.

However, I must say that when you have kids, it’s par for the course and there is only so much “hiding” you can do lol.

And if you didn’t notice, well now you probably will because I obviously have drawn your attention to it. oops! haha

Gap sweatshirt dressDusty rose2

I had to do the signature looking down at my feet pose. I notice lots of fashionistas try to pose this way. Maybe it makes them look more intellectual?

I’m just wondering whether I can get this ink stain off my shoe. I usually wear tennis shoes when I go to work, and one day I put my flats in my bag and there happened to be a pen… it left a mark.

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I happen to like this photo, it’s a little blurry, but gives my skin a nice airbrushed look. It’s all natural, no filters, just a shaky camera perhaps.

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Ladies, my advice is never to be too serious.. speaking of which I seriously love this dress turned into a shirt.

The best part of all about this top? Pockets!!! Who needs a purse?

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Outfit details:

Top: Lived in sweatshirt dress from Gap

Pants: 1969 jeans from Gap

Shoes: Cole Haan

Hijab: Hijabtrendz jersey scarf

And for a bonus, if you recognized this outfit (I’ve worn it so many days in a row you may wonder if I have any other clothes) you may notice I tucked the shirt up when I tried on these leather pants. I guess the top really is very versatile!