Hair loss, especially thinning edges, is probably one of the most devastating things that a naturalista could experience on her hair journey! Can you imagine spending countless hours caring for your curls just to end up with a hair loss/thinning edges setback? The unfortunate thing is that many afro-textured hair women deal with this very common problem, but the good news is there are things that you can do to prevent hair loss and also a few things that can help to regrow the hair. But hey prevention is always better than cure.
What causes thinning edges/Hair loss?
Hair loss or thinning edges can be caused mechanically or by an internal condition. Mechanical hair loss (traction alopecia) is caused by harsh combing, tight braids, excessive tension on the edges via pulling the hair back, and extreme or too much stretching of the hair while hair loss via an internal condition is caused by a condition that attacks the hair follicles which leads to hair loss and thinning edges. Two of the most common causes of hair loss that I have personally witnessed is in the form of extreme and excessive stretching of the hair and traction alopecia which is a result of tension on the hairline caused by tight styles.
Too much stretching isn’t good for your hair
Too much of one thing (even if it’s a good thing) is never a good idea, and this holds true for stretching the hair. Stretching the hair gives you the opportunity to wear your hair in stretched styles, it helps to prevent tangling of the curls, and it also gives the hair volume. But if the hair is stretched too often it will lead to wear and tear in the hair strands and that will eventually lead to weak hair and breakage. Whenever the hair is stretched it goes through a series of events:
1. Even though it may not seem like it but the strands endure tension from being held in an unnatural state over a period of time. When I say an unnatural state I’m referring to the curls being in a lengthened state rather than its naturally curly state. If you take a piece of your hair and pull on both ends that strand will become straight, and if you continue to do this to that piece of strand eventually it will break. This is what happens over time to the hair on our heads, it will either be pulled from the scalp or be damaged along the hair shaft.
2. The hair will become very weak. Like I mentioned before continuous stretching will render the hair strands fragile and eventually lead to breakage, so it is extremely important to give the hair a few weeks to a few months after stretching to regenerate.
Stretching the hair can be very beneficial if done correctly, and I would recommend giving your hair some time to recuperate before adding tension to it again.
Traction Alopecia is very common among afro-textiured hair women, and the condition is defined as hair loss that is caused by excessive tension on the scalp and hair (especially the edges). Traction Alopecia can be caused by tight braids, sew-ins, wigs, or pulling the hair back in a tight ponytail (among other things). Traction Alopecia is very preventable and the condition is totally controlled by the individual that it affects, so if you are currently experiencing it then you can take a stand and regrow your hair. Here are 3 natural remedies that you can use to get your hair healthy again.
3 Natural Remedies To Regrow Your Hair and Edges
- Neem, Magnesium and Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Growth Serum
- 2 oz Magnesium Oil
- 2 oz Jamaican Black Castor Oil
- 2 oz Neem Oil
- 5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 5 drops Peppermint Essential oil
- Applicator Bottle
- Combine ingredients in the applicator bottle.
- Apply mixture to the scalp/affected area 4-5x per week (or daily depending on your needs) until results are noticed
- There isn’t a timeframe in which you will see results because every individual will experience results at a different time as it is based on the level of damage done to the hair. Just be patient and consistent until you get results.
Benefits of Magnesium Oil
- This oil is used in many hair growth remedies (Wild growth hair oil is one of them) because magnesium helps the scalp absorb calcium which would otherwise clog the pores of the scalp and cause hair loss. Topical magnesium cleanses the scalp of bacteria and other irritants that would otherwise cause scalp conditions, soothe the scalp, and break through build-up on the surface of the scalp.
- It aids in reducing itchiness of the scalp.
- Promotes hair growth
- It is also beneficial to ensure that you are receiving adequate magnesium through your diet because this will help to fight the condition from the inside.
Benefits of Neem Oil
- Helps in hair regrowth
- Aids in eliminating dandruff from the scalp
- Treats head lice
- Promotes hair growth
- Anti-septic properties
2. Onion and Ginger Hair Masque
Onion and ginger are great natural remedies for hair loss. Studies have shown that these natural foods have helped to regrow the hair significantly, so if you are looking for an all natural solution then you should give this a try. Remember to always check with your doctor before trying anything different with your diet and/or hair and body.
Read this article for full details on the ingredients and method of this masque.
3. Guava Leaves for Hair Growth
Guava leaves work great to regrow the hair because it is packed with vitamin B, C and collagen which helps in the regeneration of the hair. I recently did a post on 4 ways to use guava leaves to regrow the hair, so I will leave the full article here for you!
Always remember that healthy hair begins internally so ensure that you are coupling these treatments with a healthy diet. Also remember to consult with your doctor before trying any homemade remedies.
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