If you are struggling with thinning edges there’s help. But first we have to find the cause of the problem. Many times the culprit is how we handle our hair other times the issue can be health related such as alopecia. So here are a few tips to handling your edges correctly. The key is to always be gentle with your edges since that area is more fragile than any other.
Don’t Braid the Edges to Tight
When getting extensions hold down the roots in order to prevent your edges from coming out. This will help alleviate some of the tension on your roots.
Allow Some Time Between Braiding
If you love to braid your hair that’s fine (extensions or natural). Ensure that you’re not doing it back to back to back. Leave some time in between so that your hair can actually rest. Take this time to deep condition and treat your hair. Let your hair loose sometimes get to know your hair :).
Leave Your Edges Out
When getting extensions (weave or braids), leave a small amount of your edges out. You can always use a little bit of gel, hair polisher or a silk scarf to smooth it down.
Try Using Looser Headbands and Bonnets
Sometimes the headbands and bonnets that we use to accessorize may be too tight. It looks cute once the style is done but it’s not so cute when your hairline is gone. Opt for looser bands. And if you’re like me and can’t stand the tension this will also help to prevent headaches.
Try Not to Brush Edges Excessively
I’m guilty of this sometimes. I love the sleek look of my edges whether or not my hair is in a ponytail. Try using a softer bristle brush or a silk or satin scarf to achieve this sleek look.
Stimulate the Scalp
Rejuvenate your hair follicles by stimulating blood circulation. This will help your edges to grow back. Gently massage the affected areas at least twice daily using the pad of your fingertips.
Incorporate Oils in your Hair Regimen
Oils such as Vitamin E, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Coconut just to name a few have tremendous benefits which aid in blood circulation resulting in hair growth. When massaging your hair line try using one of the oils listed above.
Remember hair does not grow overnight so you have to be patient and consistent with your routine. Try using some of these tips and you should be on your way to reviving or improving your edges.