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5 Things I've Used As A Last-Minute Hijab In Quarantine

What's a girl to do?!

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As a hijabi, going into isolation for three months with little physical interaction means the freedom for my hair to breathe. Need to join a virtual meeting? No problem, but my camera will be off. No exceptions!

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I’ve gotten a little too lazy with my hijab habits during quarantine, resulting in a lot of “oh no's" and quickly grabbing the closest object to cover my hair. I mean, I could always have a hijab on me at all times, but walking to the closet is too much work. So my laziness has definitely created a lot of funny moments!

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1. Blanket

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Anna Syed

This is a common one. Every hijabi knows the trick: When an unplanned video call comes in, just grab a blanket to cover your hair. It does the job and is a super easy hack for when you don’t want to lose your comfortable position in bed.

2. Pillow

a woman holding a pillow over above her head to cover her hair
Anna Syed

This is for when you don’t have time to wrap the blanket around your head. AKA you dialed into a meeting thinking your camera would be off, but alas, it's on, and you PANIC. Once I grabbed the nearest pillow I saw and just held it above my head until I could turn the camera off. I mean hey, it got the job done.

3. Towel

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Anna Syed

Is your hair soaked and you refuse to put on a hijab with wet hair? No problem, just use a towel. I’ve done this when I’ve come out of the shower, running late for a virtual meeting. Of course, everyone sees my head in a towel for a few seconds before I praise the “Video Off” option for existing.

4. Book

a woman with an open book resting on top of her head to cover her hair
Anna Syed

This one was also a result of an unexpected “Video On” occurrence. You’re probably thinking, "Why doesn’t she just put a sticky note on her camera?" Well, I tend to be overconfident when I enter meetings, assuming my camera will be off. I used a book to cover my hair when I embarrassingly joined my lab late, and everyone else’s camera was off. I was sitting there for a solid second before realizing I joined with my camera on. My hands grabbed the nearest object (a book), and I awkwardly rushed to turn the camera off. Not ideal.

5. My hands

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Anna Syed

Last but not least, the weirdest of them all. I once accidentally picked up a video call too soon, and I thank the heavens for having my phone positioned flat on the desk, just a portion of my face showing, so that I could use my hands to cover the front of my hair. It was quite embarrassing and led to a lot of laughter!

As you could tell, I probably need a hijab on me at ALL times...lesson learned!

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