16 November 2011

The Gamboo3a: Love it or Shove it?


I shan't be diplomatic about this.. I hate them. I literally can't stand those tacky flower clips that hijabis seem to have gone crazy over.

Besides making it look like you have a really abnormal body fat distribution, the thing which I really don't get about the gamboo3a is that it is fairly pointless whichever way you choose to look at it. I mean I presume that women are wearing them in order to tell people - men in particular - that they have masses of luscious hair underneath their scarves. But nobody in their right mind thinks it's hair and men don't find it attractive. They find it weird, like everybody else.


I have never seen a girl make a gamboo3a look good, and I have seen many hijabis use them. It just makes them look 1. really disproportionate and 2. like they are begging for attention, because I for one notice the abnormally huge bun before anything else.

I am not going to get into a religious "Camel hump" debate about this, I personally wouldn't sit hear calling it haram, because by saying that you are basically stating that it is a punishable act. I really don't know about that.  


Perhaps I am totally wrong and behind the times and maybe I have completely lost touch with what it means to be stylish and the gamboo3a is actually a fashion breakthrough. And maybe electric cars will actually catch on and Saudi Arabia will make it to the cup final. Maybe.

28 comments:

june seghni said...

I am middle aged and grumpy and I hate these things too.. I didn't realise for ages what was going on..I just thought 'wow, these girls have a lot of hair'. In their larger versions they just seem to attract too much (negative) attention...

Safiyya said...

Hahaha! You made me laugh!

The reason you gave that it makes you look disproportionate comes in my mind first aswell.. Therefor I shove it without further thinking, thank you very much!

Maa salamaaa, love you, mwah! S.

Country Hijabi said...

I am so torn about this.

On one hand I don't mind it....if the gamboo3a is SMALL. I don't mean where small is really large and large is a small tree. ;)

My hair has a mind of its own. It's plenty long and most days its fairly voluminous. Other days I look totally bald with my hijab...which on my big ol' round face looks so odd. This isn't the norm so I don't worry about it most of the time. If I'm going out with my husband I tightly wrap a small scarf (useless on its own...its like hanky really) tightly around my bun. I try to be very careful about it so I don't create this alien bump thing. A conehead I do not want to be!

Also on my baldy days my hijab will not stay on my head. Before hijab I was unable to wear fabric headbands because they don't stay on my head. I can put a whole box of pins and my undercap, scarf, everything slides right off within an hour or two. If I'm going to be away from home for a while, on these days, I have to supplement my hair. My hair or DIY gamboo3a is what really keeps my hijab in place. I can go without pins sometimes but I can't go without something for the back of my hijab to rest on.

That being said. I feel the same way you do when the gamboo3a is too large. Only Rapunzel has that much hair. It's like the hijabi bumpit...and I HATE the bumpit. I remember seeing a tutorial a while back where 3 huge gamboo3as were used....on one person. Camel-hump...schmamel-hump...it looked odd.

Looooooong story short...my theory on gamboo3a/volumized hair/animal print/make up/etc? A little goes a long way and a lot can take you into the realm of tacky.

LK said...

I think when they are massive they just look ridiculous. I get using a clip if you have really thin hair because it actually makes it easier to wrap a pashmina hijab and keep it from slipping (at least it did for me) so it looks like you have a little bun. But these are out of control! I really don't get it.

Sishi Semet said...

Salam. I agree, too much bump (huge) will make us look disproportionate. But what about a tiny one? the one that we make from our own hair, without any clip, just when we tie up our hair?

Anonymous said...

the first time i saw this i wanted to squish it. lol. but i agree they look wierd. shove it!

--aliya

Señorita Andalucíana said...

LOL! That is funny! Good luck at the world cup ;D

Cik"Hannah-Afia:3 said...

Before I got to know the 'camel hump' term, my mum and I have always thought it looked like an alien's head LOLL :DD

beingFab said...

I couldn't agree more. At a recent wedding, some cousins turned up with this..'thing' on their heads. It looked soo odd to say the least. I mean, assuming it's supposed to show the world that you are Rapunzel in Hijab, how can you explain such a massive and sudden growth spurt in your hair? Ridiculous.

Arn sweetrider said...

shove it! it makes you look like having abnormal huge head.

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

I think it is a matter which could be punishable so I don't do it even though I did like the look in some cases. In matters od doubt, the Prophet S.A.W. told us to avoid them altogether.

Main reason is it associates with the unislamic look (it was a style that looked good when the shayla was NOT worn to cover all the neck and chest and mainly with the bangs or hair out----not hijab anymore then). Which is how it influences one TO dress when one wears, though some sisters manage better than others. I'd say 90% though of the women who wear it fail to make their khimars cover what they should, or even deliberately style their hijabs to show off things things that they shouldn't to get the "Gamboo3a look". Which it totally sad.

Stylish Muslimah said...

Shishi Semet: Obviously the bun that naturally forms from your own hair is fine I think :)

OPNO: Yehh the complete "gamboo3a look" is becoming a growing trend even in the west :/

Salam x

♡ αmαℓ said...

I like it (just the small ones). I don't wear it to trick people into thinking I have "luscious hair". I'm pretty sure everyone knows it's a flower clip by now... And I'm not "begging for attention" either. I just really hate the "Turtle Hijab" look and I think it just looks better, for me at least. :-/

Everyone has their own tastes tho. :)

Anonymous said...

OMg stylish muslimah that was such a hilarious comment about saudi and the wrold cup i was laughing my a** off.
I totally agree with ure point of view and u aint behind the times its just ..i think if they had a photo of their mountain head they wouldn't think it was all that good after all. When really skinny girls wear it, it can look like some freak show and i usually see a lot of non-muslim starring and pointing but oh well each to their own i guess.
_Gawjus Gurl

Zainab Al Rubaii said...

lol that was funny. i dont think its that bad really. i mean if its just your natural hair then its ok and when you've got a round face i guess its ok too. i dont really see whats the big deal about that and im sure people have common sense to work it out, wheather its your hair or not.
salam
-zainab

Princess Raia said...

in Indonesia,,it's called "cepol"...
many woman here wear it,,and I agree with you,,why don't we just confident with our ordinary hair :D
I'm totally don't like that fake bun :)

Laughin'Muslimah said...

Asalaamu Alaikum sister,

Straight up sister that thingy is for the hypocrites that jest! honestly what are they thinking making their heads look like they stared in the movie 'Aliens' lol.

Muslim women should not be trying to emphasize their beauty in an accessive manner but be more modest. Allah (swt) already Made us beautiful. We are not objects to be oogled over by men and we women are people that need to be respected.

Anyways, the muslim women with a good state of iman don't wear these things of ridiculousness, because they know better.

Black Pearl said...

Assalamu Alaykum
So Lovely ≧^◡^≦

Anonymous said...

Why do you put up a post that invokes debate in a negative manner?
Our Nabi SAW stated one is not to make fun of other peoples' appearances.
Does that not also extend to these "gamboo3a" Muslimahs who, according to the opinions of the other apparent learned Muslimahs, appear to be wearing wrong/ridiculous/unislamic/hypocritical false buns.
And to have posted a topic that will invoke fellow Muslimah Sisters to criticize others in an unpleasant manner - leaving comments like "hypocrites" + "muslim women with a good state of iman don't wear these things of ridiculousness, because they know better" - well, I'm disappointed by such posts.
There's a lot of things that one sees out there that is done by Muslims + non-Muslims alike, whether it be behavior, attire, manners.
But who are we to judge a fellow Muslimah + question their Iman? Are we so confident that we know better in all aspects of Islam + hence have this right to comment in such a public forum?
Is it not better to make dua to Allah SWT to guide us all onto the straight path + to rather be kind to fellow Muslimahs instead of writing such idle posts.
And I am disappointed in this post - I don't know Rabia Z personally at all or who the other ladies are in the other pictures, but don't you think you have been unkind in posting them under this topic, because I presume it was done without their permission?

"It is better to sit alone than in bad company; and it is better still to sit with the good than alone. It is better to speak to a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent; but silence is better than idle words."

Prophet Muhammed (S) - [Bukhari]

I just feel disappointment in a few bloggers recently . Instead of posting blogs with decent words, there's this unease I feel when comments are made in an unkind manner, whether by the blogger or by the people leaving the comments.
Yes, blog posts are a public forum + everyone have their rights to comment but do you really believe that Allah SWT would be pleased with how we Muslimahs conduct ourselves in these public forums?

Stylish Muslimah said...

Anonymous: I asked people if they like the look of a gamboo3a, I did not say anything bad about the girls who wear it, I simply opened a discussion.

I take on board the hadith that you reposted but please understand that this is a style blog for modest clothing, it is not intended to be a hardcore Muslim site. If you don't like it, sorry but just don't read it.

Salam x

Anonymous said...

@Anon..Im sure that was not the intention of the sister to start up any trouble..but the point is this topic is so relevant in todays society where every other girl i see onda street is wearing one of them mountains on her head. I think it was appropriate to mention it. We always hear the "don't judge don't judge" argument when topics like this arise and i don't think its a matter of judging but simply calling out something that is dis-tasteful of a muslimah or completely wrong according to Islam.
_gawjusGurl

Stylish Muslimah said...

GawjusGurl: Thanks man :)

Salam x

Umm Ibrahim said...

I think that Anon is btaking things a bit too seriously...no where did I see any dissing of women who choose to wear the g=hair flower clip nor did anyone post anything nasty about them. Personally, I wouldnt mind a tiny one, I had a few in Saudi but a big one, no way, they just arent modest. Anything thats a bit too flashy or excessive basically draws attention which in turn negates the hejab, doesnt matter what madhab or scholar you follow...its the same for all.

Asiya said...

Thanks for proving that not every refutation of a ridiculous hijabi trend has to be a religious one. It was so funny to read, and I think you have actually convinced me to be a little embarassed of my fondness for the gamboo3a (I don't wear one, it looks weird in Canada, but I like seeing it on others).

Anonymous said...

It looks like they stuck a muffin on their heads :) But, why does it have to be sooo high? Regular buns are alot more attractive...
-Javeria

EquiiHafs said...

Yup totally agree with you! finally someone who understands :)

Anonymous said...

One word "deception"

Lydia Mills said...

If men find it unattractive, does that mean then it should be part of hijab, because it will make women less of a temptation and more of an eyesore...