Girl those thinning edges are NOT cute. Unfortunately whether you are relaxed or natural many of us black women suffer from what I like to call the STRUGGLE! We love our weaves, braids, wigs, high buns, and chemicals. We love all the things that just tear those edges up! Unfortunately, there comes a point where you have to decide is it worth it? Balding isn’t just some condition for old people, it can happen to you! Luckily if you have some hair left around those edges, there may be some hope. If the skin around your hair line is slick and smooth like a scar, you may be in for some trouble this could be a sign of non-repairable damage. The key to grow your edges back is to do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. That’s right, for once you do nothing. The problem is that you’ve been doing to much as it is. Here are the things that you need to STOP doing:
1. Heavy Brushing
We all have that one friend who still uses that hard plastic bristled brush. She routinely takes water and uses the brush to slick down those stray hairs so she can have that smooth desirable style. This has got to stop. Hard brushing with tough bristles is ripping out your hair and thinning those edges. If you need to brush make sure you are using a firm but soft bristled brush. If you want to lay those stray hairs down try wrapping your scarf around your hairline to set things in place.
2. Tight Hair Styles
Ever put your hair in a ponytail or bun so tight that it feels like your head is stretching? Ever have braids so tight that it gives you a headache? Tisk, tisk, tisk. These are ruining your hairline. There is absolutely no reason why you need to wear your hair styled so tight. Unless you want a hairline that looks like its running away from your forehead I suggest you try gentle styling. Your braids don’t have to be so tight in order for the style to last. If your body is feeling pain because of it, its because its not right. TAKE HEED!
Yes, we all have those moments where we want to switch it up. Sort of like how Rihanna has a new hair do each week. What we don’t realize is that when celeb’s change their hair its often times not theirs! Not only that, but they have professionals who are taking very good care of their natural tresses between each transition. So while you may want red hair this week and blonde next, i’m guessing your edges are screaming and crying NO! It is absolutely crazy for you to subject your hair to these back to back chemical treatments.
4. EDGE CONTROL
Okay, so who’s guilty of having their favorite “baby hair” laying gel? I know I am. The problem with this isn’t the FAKE baby hair many of us create with these gels and serums (well actually that is a problem), but rather what we are using. A lot of these products that promise to leave those edges laid contain heavy amounts of alcohol. This can be very drying and damaging to the hair. If you must use something try something with less alcohol, or better yet none!
5. Pressing Combs & Flat Irons
So how many of you ladies heat up those appliance every morning just to hit those edges?! This is a definite NO NO. You cannot, I repeat YOU CANNOT make this a daily routine. Hitting those edges with those hot appliances is the very reason you have no edges. Try to keep the heated appliance usage to a minimum (no more than 1-2 a week). If your a girl who likes to work out and feel uncomfortable with your edges being wavy afterwards, try alternative styling methods. For instance, do a braid or twist out so that the wavy look blends in with the rest of your hair.
I know us ladies love to look good, but trust me having a few fuzzy hairline days will be waaay cuter than when you have to walk around looking like Naomi Campbell did in these shots! YIKES….Happy Hairline Growing!