Customer Appreciation Spotlight – Meet HH Friend & New Convert/Revert Kara Kamler!
Dec 23, 2022
At Haute Hijab, we are here to help Muslim women to honor and facilitate their desire to adhere to an important aspect of their faith (wearing hijab) comfortably and beautifully. We are constantly motivated to offer a range of hijabs that honors many Muslim women's relationship with their faith, style, spirituality and cultural identity.
We love that our customers include women from a wide range of backgrounds, living their lives and doing their thing in our hijabs. For our first annual Customer Appreciation Month, we are honoring you by sharing some of your stories! One fabulous woman from the HH family is Kara Kamler, a new convert/revert to Islam, who shared why she chooses Haute Hijab, who her shero is in life and where she finds support as a new Muslim.
Tell us about your journey to wearing hijab – how did you come to wear it, and what keeps you wearing it?
After converting, I learned hijab is a symbol of obedience to Allah (S) and to identify ourselves visibly as Muslim. Initially, I only wore hijab to the masjid. I wanted to wear hijab for myself. I needed to fully understand what hijab was and have a strong desire to wear it.
What keeps me wearing it is facing Allah (S) on the Day of Judgement. Pleasing Allah (S) is much more important than [pleasing] any person. On the Day of Judgment, it will just be me and Allah (S). Since I started wearing hijab, over time it’s become much more than just a symbol of my faith. Hijab reminds me every day to be the best person I can be. I feel protected in hijab. I’ve noticed people seem to have more manners around me.
How did you come to find Haute Hijab? What keeps you coming back?
Kara Kamler
I found Haute Hijab through a google search years ago when I first started studying Islam. I was wearing a turban at the time before switching to hijab.
The quality of HH hijabs is incredible. They’re so comfortable. I know their hijabs are made ethically., and the customer service is wonderful.
Do you have a favorite type of Haute hijab (chiffon, woven, jersey, etc) and if so, why?
While I love jerseys, the Bamboo Wovens are my absolute favorite! They don’t slip around, and I’m able to create volume easily if I want. They’re so lightweight and comfortable. Nothing will ever come close to how amazing the wovens are. Jersey is also another favorite because they’re easy to throw on. Jersey is my go-to in colder months especially.
Do you have a go-to hijab? Why is it your go-to?
The Bamboo Woven in Black is my favorite because it goes with everything. I don’t have to worry about whether my hijab matches my outfit. My second go-to is the Light Mink in Jersey.
Have you ever had a bad hijab day? If so, do tell us about it and how you managed it!
I hate when my hijab never seems to sit on my head right and won’t stay in the style I want. When that happens. I usually just tie the two ends behind my head and style it that way.
Another annoying thing is my undercap slipping back. I have slippery hair and no texture. I haven’t been able to find an undercap that won’t slip so I’ve switched to using a volumizer. It has a velvet headband on it that keeps it in place. But I’m going to buy the HH Silk-Blend Satin Underscarf and see how that works.
What’s your pet hijab peeve? What’s one of your pet peeves in general?
Kara is wearing Bamboo Woven in Fawn.
My pet hijab peeve is how the strangest things get caught up in my hijab! It’s so bizarre. My general pet peeves are rattling or tapping sounds – like if you're driving and something is rattling or tapping, making a sound in the back. Noises like that annoy the heck out of me.
What’s your favorite look for yourself? Do you like to dress up? Keep it casual?
I’m definitely not a fashionista. I don’t keep up with any trends. I like comfortable clothes. My go-to normal outfit is a pair of jeans and a nice blouse or long tunic. I do dress up when the occasion calls for it.
What do you like to do in your free time? Tell us something fun or unusual about yourself!
I love reading! I also love hockey and volleyball. I love spending time with family and friends. Right now I’m trying to learn Arabic, so I’m busy studying.
Who do you look up to? Who’s your shero?
My mother. She has been through so much in her life – losing her leg, being betrayed by my father, being cut off and disconnected from her family – and yet somehow she remains the most positive, look-on-the-bright-side, loving, kindest, strongest person I know. She can do anything. She’s such an incredible person, and I’m so lucky to call her my mom.
At HH, supporting our sisters, uplifting them, is at the core of what we do. What does sisterhood mean to you? How can we better support each other?
Most of my support actually comes from sisters online. There is a small masjid here, but it doesn’t seem like people hang out outside of the masjid. Having an online community to turn to for support is so important and has been a huge blessing to me!
Sisterhood is a group of people who you know you’re safe with, who will support you and be there for you no matter what. Being there for each other is so incredibly important.
(Bonus question) – What’s your spirit fruit/vegetable, and why? This is something we always ask anyone who joins the HH team
I honestly had to look this up to find out what a spirit fruit/veggie was, which makes me feel so old and out of touch. LOL! I think my spirit vegetable would be a potato. I’m always there when you need me, always reliable and comforting.
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