You can tell a lot about the Health of ones hair just by observing their edges. Whether your hair is Permed, Natural, Locked, Braided/Twisted or Weaved...Edges will tell the Story of whether Hair Care or just simply Hair Styles MATTERS to you. Many of us, including myself, have very delicate and fine edges and I have to be Mindful of how I handle them or they will be Gone within days.
What Causes Edges to Recede & Break off
WEAVES & WIGS
There is nothing Glamorous about Receding Hairline (bald edges). Many just ignore the problem or don't know how to deal with them or solve the underlying issue. Some resort to covering up the problem with wigs and weaves. Weaves (especially lace fronts), when they are fixed too tight & mishandled can reek havoc on your edges. When taking them down, remove glue improperly, use plenty of oil and DON'T comb the glue out. Try purchasing looser wigs or sew-in weaves. I can't stress enough the importance of Moisturizing when wearing weaves, wigs, braids (which are considered also as protective styles) to keep your hair & edges from breaking off due to dryness.
The best thing to do is Prevention. Doing away with bad practices and incorporating healthy hair habits, a consistent regimen & especially hair styles that will Overall lead to less stress on your hair & edges. Many women like to wear tiny or heavy braids/twists extensions but they can be detrimental on the hair, especially your edges, as well as heavy braids which pull on your hair and edges. Limit how often you wear extensions and give your hair time to breath in-between wearing them. Also limit wearing headbands & ponytail holders, instead opt for silk or satin scarfs (less friction & slides on/off easily) to hold styles. Puffs, Ponytails and Pin-ups should be worn loosely, don't focus on sleeking your edges down which intensifies stretching those delicate strands to break off in know time. Switch up your Puffs/Ponytail styles and be sure to take them down before bed to allow your hair & edges to relax; Always, Always wear a silk or satin scarf and/or cap to bed every night.
BE EXTRA GENTLE
Your hairline is super fragile & delicate; it is Not the same texture and doesn't have the same resistance as your mature hair. Overall gentle Manipulation is the Key; lightly wash, deep condition, detangle, brush, comb, etc. I personally, don't use brushes on my edges by rather smooth them down with my hands which is gentler and snag proof. Take extra care with styling tools, blow dryers & styling products. If you must use gel, etc. for edges, opt for gel creams, flaxseed gel, aloe vera gel, butters or heavier oils. Try to stay away from mouse, gels, etc. that contain harsh chemicals (alcohol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes/fragrances, etc.).
How to Grow Your Edges Back
1. Limit weaves, wigs & extensions. Your hair & edges needs to breath and have as much of a break right now as possible. If you must use them, don't grab your edges at all!
2. Try to stay clear of hats, caps, turbans, etc. that constantly rub your edges. Keep them as free as possible from styling accessories until they began to grow back to a healthy state.
3. Keep your hair MOISTURIZED especially your edges to keep it supple & soft to combat dryness & breakage. Be sure to seal the ends which is the oldest part of your hair.
4. Oil your edges regularly with nutritious oils like Castor or Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Massage gently to stimulate hair growth.
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Remember: You didn't lose your edges overnight so it will take some time & consistency to grow them back. If you avoid stressful styles, maintain low manipulation & baby your edges...They will Grow Back. Try to Avoid chemicals, synthetic hair dyes, excessive heat while nurturing your edges back. With theses simple Practices & Tips, not only should you Recover your edges but you will be able to Maintain them and keep them healthy. If the Problem persists & it appears that your hair is not growing, Please see the Doctor.
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