When you are choosing a girls' niqab, your considerations should be to select a face veil that provides adequate coverage while also remaining comfortable. It is likewise important to find a girls' niqab that fits properly, as many niqabs are sized for women. If possible, take the girl to an Islamic clothing store so that she can try on the veils herself. In situations where you are unable to visit an Islamic clothing store, confer with online or mail order clothing sources and ask about the size of their niqabs before making a purchase.
There are several different styles of niqab on the market, so when choosing a girls' niqab, you may want to consider the styles worn in the community where the girl lives. Some niqabs cover only the bottom half of the face, while others cover the entire face, having only slits or gaps for eyes. In addition, these veils may also come with attached sheer veils for covering the eyes. The decision regarding the amount of coverage that a girls' niqab should offer needs to be made by the girl and her family in response to community standards and personal preferences.
Other variations in a girls' niqab may be its color, the material of which it is made and the ease of lifting the niqab or eye veils when necessary for better visibility or for eating. Many women appreciate niqabs made from fabrics that allow some air circulation, making them more comfortable and easier to breathe through. Girls who like to match their niqabs to their hijabs and other clothing may also want several niqabs in different colors to coordinate with other clothing.
Since many Muslim communities do not require girls under the age of puberty to wear concealing clothing, you may find it difficult to find a girls' niqab that fits a young child or pre-teenager. Options for obtaining an appropriate garment may include having one custom made or searching for a merchant who sells niqabs suitable for the very young. When contacting retailers about the possibility of purchasing a girls' niqab, ask if the proprietor can give you the actual measurements of the niqabs that he or she has in stock. Alternatively, you can request that a traditional store owner or online retailer special order a girls' niqab for you. Many will be happy to do this, though you may need to order several at a time to justify the cost of shipping and the extra time required to make a special order.