Have your edges thinned out? You're not alone. A lot of women suffer from this a lot whether they keep natural or relaxed hair. What leads to it though and how can we minimize its occurrence? Let's get to it
Post Partum Shedding
Some women experience hair loss right after giving birth. For some, they lose patches of their hair whilst others fall culprit to their edges thinning out. The good news is that with proper care, the hair will grow back.
When you're stressed out, your natural hair growth cycle can be affected which temporarily affects hair growth. During this period, you may lose some parts of your hair. Ideally, when that stress passes, your hair will grow back.
Styles that pull on your edges
Tight braids, twists and styles that generally pull so hard on your edges is the major cause of thin edges. Using too many styling tools such as hair glues on your edges also causes it to thin over time. If care isn't taken, you develop a condition known as traction alopecia which becomes very difficult but not impossible to grow back.
Heat styling your edges
One thing you should have in mind is that the hair along the edges are fragile. Using heat appliances such as hot combs, straighteners, etc often on the edges could permanently damage them.
Avoiding all these things mentioned above would go a long way to keep your edges intact. However, if you're already experiencing thinning edges, there are a few things you could do to grow your hair back
Leave your edges alone
We're tempted most times to touch our edges to check if it's growing back or not. Hint - leave your edges alone. They're already too fragile for constant touch.
Protect your edges at night
Wearing a satin bonnet or scarf at night instead of cotton would protect your edges from getting pulled on whilst sleeping. Please don't compromise on this.
Avoid styles that pull on your edges
Tight hair styles are a no-no. Sleek backs that pull on your edges, constant glue wigs, tight braids, crochets and twists should be relegated to the background.
Moisturize and oil daily
Deep condition regularly
A regular deep conditioning treatment for your hair (including your edges) helps strengthen your hair and edges making it less susceptible to breakage.
Avoid heat styling altogether
If you can, avoid the use of hot combs and all heat styling methods. If this isn't possible, please use them sparingly and always apply a heat protectant.
Foods rich in vitamins and minerals would help strengthen your hair and edges. Foods such as milk, yorghurt, poultry, avocados and others are good for your hair.
Growing your edges back takes a lot of time and patience. Be consistent with your regimen for re-growth and you'll eventually see progress. In case of further consultation, please do not hesitate to contact +233 204 600 464 or @eyanaturals on Facebook and Instagram
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