Many black sisters struggle with hair problems, but one of the most common problem that we face is thinning hair/edges. This can be very frustrating since we invest a lot of our time into making sure that our hair is healthy and beautiful. However, in the quest of having luxurious weaves, braids, updos, wigs, etc we sometimes sacrifice the health of our hair which in the long run creates thin hair and scalp issues.
Regardless of what type of hair you have (relaxed, natural, colored, etc), making sure it’s in great condition should be your main goal. Healthy hair is achievable through proper maintenance by using the products that are right for your hair and of course some T.L.C.
Anyone can experience thin edges. This problem isn’t reserved for women with relaxed hair, who wear weaves, or who are elderly. But what causes us to lose our hair?
What causes thin edges?
There are many causes of thin edges such as postpartum shedding, stress, vitamin deficiency, hypothyroidism, hormone imbalance, alopecia, etc. Thin edges may be genetic for some women, but a very common cause/factor that plagues us all is tension from our hairstyles and hair accessories.
Styles that are installed too tightly will pull at the scalp and can remove the hair (sometimes permanently). So please be aware of the different ways that you can cause harm to your hair and try to steer clear of them.
Tips to regrow your edges.
- Visit your Dermatologist.
If you have been experiencing hair loss of any kind that you can’t rectify at home, I would suggest seeing a Dermatologist. There are some scalp conditions such as alopecia that are out of our area of expertise to deal with at home and we might find that it’s not really getting better regardless of what we do. So, I strongly suggest that if you find something strange happening with your hair and scalp then go on down to see your doc about it.
2. “Chill out wid di weaves mon”.
Yes we all love to switch up our styles from time to time, but if you want to grow your edges back then you’ll have to cut back on your hair installations (weaves, braids, wigs, etc). Wearing tight protective styles create tension on the edges that in turn remove the hair from the scalp and leads to receding hair lines and alopecia. The more tension applied, the more damage that is being done.
I know you want your style to look “fly” and last long, but you have to take into consideration the possible damage being done to your hair.
3. Less brushes, more edges.
Brushing your edges back for a sleek look can be cute, but brushes can actually help to slow your regrowth. The brush bristles create tension on the hair and scalp that may cause further damage and can prevent the hair from growing back faster. Put all your brushes and combs aside until you notice significant progress.
4. Say no to ponytails!
While I love wearing a ponytail from time to time, I would not recommend them if you are trying to get your edges back. Pulling you hair back puts a lot of tension on your scalp and edges, and it will prevent the hair from growing back quickly. I would suggest letting you hair hang loose or put them in loose braids or twist to take the pressure off of your edges.
5. Lay off the heat!
I know you want to rock that straight, sleek look sometimes, but it’s imperative while trying to grow your hair back to reduce your heat usage. As a matter of fact I would suggest no heat during this time. Heat makes the hair very brittle and dry, and if used on a regular basis it will cause breakage and hair loss. Air-dry your hair and use heatless styles while trying to grow your hair out.
6. Incorporate anti-fungal treatments in your regimen.
Some scalp and hair conditions such as dandruff and some forms of alopecia are caused by bacteria and fungi that is present in the hair and scalp. While they might not completely eradicate the problem overnight, anti-fungal treatments can be very helpful and may treat the issue over time. By eliminating any possibility of fungus or bacteria your scalp will have the chance to be healthy and produce hair growth.
Some natural forms of anti-fungal treatment are coconut oil, castor oil, garlic, and tea tree oil. You can mix 2 or more of these together and apply it to your edges 2-3 times per week and continue treatment until you see progress.
7. Scalp Massage.
Massages stimulate the scalp to produce blood flow which also helps to promote hair growth. Massage your scalp gently with the pad of your fingers 2-3 times per week or everyday if you wish for 3-5 minutes. I recommend 2-3 times per week because you don’t want to add pressure and tension to the scalp by manipulating it everyday. You may also add an oil to the mix to help add nutrients to the spot affected.
8. Nutrient Deficiency!
Being deficient in nutrients such as iron, vitamin D, vitamin c, or b-complex vitamins (such as biotin) can be the reason why you’re losing your hair. This is pretty much how the body works. If you are not taking in enough vitamins to sufficiently satisfy body functions, the body will take what little it’s getting and give it to the most important organs in the body to keep you alive. The hair and nails are not on the top of the list to receive nutrients, so they will suffer and eventually you will start to lose them. Make sure that you are eating a healthy balanced diet to see progress in your hair.
Biotin is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin that helps the body’s metabolism to process energy and transport carbon dioxide from cells. If the body goes low on biotin then the hair and nails may become brittle and start to break. Taking biotin supplements is an option to help regrow your edges, but I would recommend seeing your physician before changing anything in your diet.
10. Natural products.
Try to keep any products that aren’t natural away from your edges. Any chemicals in your products have the ability to sabotage your growth process. Keep any facial cleansers, make-up, etc away from the spot affected.
11. Lay off the gel and edge control.
Let your edges be free and be able to breathe. Don’t pack on multiple layers of gel and edge control to hold your edges in place. This is actually clogging your pores and it creates tension on your strands.
12. Castor oil and protein treatments.
Castor oil is a great oil that provides a lot of benefits to the hair (learn about the benefits here). It is anti-fungal/bacterial which will clear the scalp of any bacteria that may cause dandruff and scalp infections to help restore the hair. Protein treatments will strengthen the hair to give it the boost that it needs to get back on track. Massage your edges with castor oil 3-4 times per week until you reach your goal, and use a light protein conditioner once per week and a protein treatment every 5-6 weeks.
13. Proper Styling.
How you style your hair can dictate if and how fast you grow your edges back. I would recommend leaving your edges out when you style your hair. What do I mean? For example if you are braiding your hair (I would suggest not braiding tightly), you would go ahead and leave out the hair around the perimeter of your head and put them in a loose flat twist.
This will eliminate any chance of tension caused by pulling the braids back or simply putting the hair into a braid. I use this technique to grow my edges out and it has worked very well.
So ladies what do you do to restore your edges?
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