A lot of 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. Continue reading “13 Tips To Regrow your edges.”