What Causes Thinning Edges?Since time immemorial, black woman have used her hair styling to express her culture and personality. Braids and extensions are well rooted in African heritage and it is commonplace for us to switch up our styles on a regular basis, even from a very young age. Unfortunately, our styling choices make us more pre-disposed to traction alopecia. Protective styling is all well and good, but tight braids, constant weaves and wigs that rub against our edges can kill our hair follicles. Beyond this, using hair relaxers and other styling tools with excessive heat and products such as alcohol-based gels that dry hair out, could also be contributing to the damage and breaks.
So, How Can You Grow Your Edges Back?
So, what can be done to tackle thinning edges you say? When opting for braids and weaves, don’t be afraid to tell your stylist not to braid your hair too tight and to omit plaiting your edges. Now when it comes to edges, we have been conditioned to think that they always have to be S‘laid’. Euro beauty standards dictate that straight and slick is best, but don’t be fooled, your natural hair is acceptable and beautiful too. Let your edges be free and give the gel a rest at times. Your hairline is fine and delicate and should be treated with care. Avoid placing scarves and headbands on your hairline as the tension can lead to thinning edges.
To help with growth Ever tried the inversion method? This involves hanging your head upside down to encourage blood flow to the scalp and ultimately healthy hair growth. We don't recommend this if you suffer with dizzy spells or any other condition that could be made worse by using the inversion method.
Another way of helping with general hair health is to give your hair a good scalp massage. This encourages blood flow to the scalp which aids in hair growth and vitality. Using a quality oil such as Nylah’s vitamin-packed super seed hair oil or our flourish scalp serum for your scalp massage has added benefits. I cannot talk about my range enough as it really is made with healthy hair in mind.