Well if you know me, l literally protect my edges. I love my edges so much but a few months ago l suffered from a few bald spots and l have been working on my edges and l must say l am back on track. l have quite a few ladies who ask me on how to prevent thinning edges or baby hair falling out.
So your edges are those soft, wispy baby hairs that grow along your hairline and frame your face. They are the most fragile hairs on your head and it doesn’t take much to break them or to pull them out. This means they need extra care when you wash, moisturize, deep condition, and style your natural hair. But even if you have thinning or severely damaged edges, it’s not too late! I have a few tips to help you grow back your edges. And if your edges are healthy and you want to keep them that way, follow these same tips to let your edges thrive!
A big NO to tight or high maintenance styles that pull or put tension on your edges. If you feel any pain around the temples of your hair, that’s not good. Even high puffs and twists can damage your edges if you make them too tight. If you do get extensions, ask your stylist to leave out your edges. Hunnay, l repeat have your edges out or else your edges will moon-walk all the way back to your head and we are not about that life, right!
Minimise the use of gels that causes friction on the edges.I know kinky hair is not so neat and there’s a tendency to lay down the edges with gels but in the long-run our edges become so thin and we can lose them. I don’t use any gels, l just spritz water for a clean look.
Wrap and protect your edges at night with a silk/satin scarf or bonnet. Any other fabric (even the cotton of your pillowcase) will absorb oils and moisture from your hair, making it dry and brittle. Friction with the pillowcase will also snag and break your edges. Tie the scarf on your forehead instead of directly on your edges, to avoid friction.
Be careful of headbands, tight headwraps and hats. Look for headbands with a silk lining, or use a thin satin scarf in between your hat and your hair. Satin or silk will protect your fragile edges from catching or breaking on hats. Whenever l tie a headwrap or dhuku l always have a satin scarf underneath!
Whenever you moisturize your hair, don’t neglect your edges. Dry hair increases risk of breakage, and your edges are particularly vulnerable. Give them special attention and care, and always seal in moisture to prevent them drying out and breaking.
Massage edges with natural oils to keep moisturized and stimulate growth. The oils themselves stimulate growth and protect and strengthen your hair, and massaging your scalp also stimulates blood circulation and promotes growth. Castor oil, hemp seed and amla oil are great oils to promote growth and a healthy scalp!
Stop using heat. Since your edges are the most fragile hairs on your head, heat tools have the potential to completely fry them. If your edges are thinning, take a break from heat, and even if your edges are healthy, turn down the heat and use it less often.
Deep condition regularly to strengthen your edges (along with the rest of your hair.) Either make a home-made or off the shelf conditioner, which only contain natural ingredients that nourish, moisturize, and strengthen your hair.
Patience! Growing back your edges takes time. Just follow these steps, you’ll see results.
**So there you have it ladies, lets keep our hairline intact! Please share below if you have other tips that are helpful**