My award-winning hair range, Nylah’s Naturals, was created with my daughter in mind as there was no hair care range that aptly dealt with her eczema prone skin and scalp. At the time, there was a gap in the market for products well suited to the black woman and her hair woes. Unfortunately, thinning edges are one such anguish that we deal with, but it doesn’t have to be this way. This article explores this adversity and how to tackle it.
What Causes Thinning Edges?
Since time immemorial, the black woman has used her crowning glory 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 slightly brainwashed to think that they always have to be ‘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. Ever tried the inversion method? This involves hanging your head upside down to encourage blood flow to the scalp and ultimately healthy hair growth. 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 for your scalp massage has added benefits. I cannot talk about my range enough as it really is made with healthy hair in mind. The Nylah collection is growing and we will soon be launching a new scientifically proven serum to stimulate vigorous follicular cycling and hair growth. Watch this space!
How to Combat Thinning Edges for Men
We shouldn’t forget our male counterparts in the conversation around thinning edges. Male pattern baldness is of course a thing, but men and women alike can help combat thinning edges by not wearing hats too often. Hats cause added friction which leads to hair loss. These tips can aid in the prevention of thinning hair, but when baldness and traction alopecia set in, only specialist care can reverse the damage. Traction alopecia is a scarring of the hair follicle which only medical intervention can resolve. I hope that these tips and tricks will help you on your healthy hair journey. Please share this article if it had helped you and check out my website (http://www.nylahsnatural.com) for more information on caring for your precious mane.