If you’re beginning to notice your edges thinning, its time to take action! Ignoring it will only make the problem worse and it could lead to permanent damage… but not to fear! As always, we’ve got you covered and with a little TLC you can reclaim your crown with these 5 simple steps! If this interests you, READ ON!
Step 1: Be Gentle and say NO to Tension
When trying to re grow your hairline, you must be extra gentle. Avoid slicking your hair back into that way too tight bun. Don’t use glues or other adhesives (such as tape) on your edges. Don’t straighten or curl this area either because these actions create too much tension and heat if you are noticing a thinning issue. You should also avoid too much of any product, especially those that have a lot of alcohol. Products like thick gels and mousses can dry out your edges. We also suggest staying away from braids but if you do decide that you must do braids, leave this section of your hair out. You can always have the best of both worlds and do a braided wig, just don’t glue or pin it to your edges.
Step 2: Reduce the amount of time you manipulate your edges
It’s important that you stick to a low manipulation routine until you get your regrowth begins coming back strong. That means you must greatly reduce combing, brushing, or picking at this area. We recommend gentle touches only (like when you have to apply a treatment). The more you leave it alone, the faster will flourish. If you must smooth this area out, wear scarf or wave cap for at least 30 minutes to lay it flat. Be sure to not use too much tension when applying your scarf, as excessively rubbing this area can also damage it.
Step 3: Stimulate blood flow and nourish your hairline
Moisturize and oil this area regularly. Just make sure when you massage your oils into your scalp, that you are being very gentle. Remember, it is important that you practice low manipulation. Again, avoid brushing, combing, or putting heat to this area. Use moisturizers that are organic and stimulate blood circulation WITHOUT you having to put tons of pressure there. A mix of invigorating essential oils like Peppermint, Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Rosemary, and Thyme in a carrier oil such as Sweet almond oil, Sunflower oil, Baobab oil etc., gently pressed into the scalp will stimulate blood flow to your hair follicles naturally without having to over manipulate the area. Just remember to put your essential oils in a carrier oil to dilute them before using them, and be sure to talk to your doctor about this home remedy to be sure you have no allergies.
Step 4: Be Patient
The regrowth of your edges will take time and consistency. If you continue to avoid styles that put too much strain on your hair, reduce manipulation and nourish your edges they should make a full recovery, but it may take a couple of months or more before you notice significant improvement.
The culprit of thinning edges is usually linked to styles we wear, or chemical damage. Braids, improperly installed weaves and extensions, and really tight ponytails have an impact and can be too much strain on the follicles. Over time if the hair is continuously being pulled out this can lead to permanent damage. Relaxers, other chemical treatments, dryness, and not letting the hair rest will also aid in weakening the hair further, so it is important to take note of these things and put yourself on a hairstyle diet! Take your time! Thinning didn’t happen overnight, nor will regrowth! Keep this in mind!
Step 5: How to style your hair in the meantime
Ok, so if you’re re growing your edges how do you style your hair in the meantime if you’re using no heat, no glue, low/no manipulation, no tape, no nothing? Well… you know we’ve got you sis! A closure wig is a GREAT option for this! It requires no heat, glue, tape, and you can take it off every night to let your natural hair breathe and be free! A closure also looks natural, so you don’t have to reveal the fact that you’re wearing a wig if you feel uncomfortable! The best way to wear your hair under a wig when you’re in regrowth is the wrap method. Start at your nape and gently brush your hair in a circular pattern so that your ends protect your edges, (if needed) place your wig cap, then put your wig on top! If you have really short hair and the wrap method doesn’t apply, or you don’t /can’t wear wigs during this time, try using a hair filler like toppik or super million hair fibers to disguise the thinning area and style as usual!
What to do if you’re NOT seeing results
If you have been working for months on re growing your edges with very little to NO results, try not to get discouraged! There are still further steps that you can take to restore your hairline. Seeing a Trichologist (a specialized hair and scalp expert) will help! A Trichologist is a person who is an expert on the diseases, disorders, and problems of the scalp and hair, and they can greatly increase your chances of knowing if, and how the problem can be corrected. Worst case scenario, if you think have fully exhausted your follicles (they will no longer regrow hair ) there are still medical ways to achieve a full natural looking hairline again, such as hair implants and other restoration techniques/ treatments like minoxidil (Rogaine) or PRP for hair growth (platelet rich plasma). A Trichologist is not a doctor, but rather a specialist in hair loss and its causes who can refer you to a Dermatologist (medical doctor for skin, including scalp) or a medical hair restoration facility after giving you a full hair and scalp analysis. After the analysis is complete, they can determine what the best treatment will be for you!
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Until next time beauties! Vox Meyers