Assalam alaykum warahmatullah.
Having thing edges are one of the various problems most black women face when it comes to hair, both natural and relaxed hair. Our edges are the most delicate area of our hair because the strands of hairs that grow around that area are very sensitive because they are very close the forehead.
Most women have little or no knowledge what caused their edges to thin so drastically so they keep repeating the same mistakes and end up having worsened edges.
Thin edges can be caused by the following:
- Tights protective styles that place so much tension on the edges causing them to be pulled out forcefully creating a bald spot. This is actually done with the intention of making the hairstyle last longer, but in the long run has more cons and pros tight hairstyles should be avoided if you want to keep those edges thick and beautiful.
- Using of alcohol based products and heat to either sleek the edges or straighten especially on dry hair. Causes more damage than good, especially for natural hair.
- Wearing of tight hairnets or caps with the intention of keeping hair neat and making a hairstyle last longer actually does more harm than good. The rope which is usually the material used in making the nets usually get tangled with the hair especially curly hair because it is very prone to breakage causing it to snag, tangle and then break off. This damage is not noticed immediately but with time.
- Stress, health conditions, and even psychological and emotional traumas can cause your hair to fall out especially the edges.
Because thin edges can really take away from a woman’s beauty, here are 5 various ways of restoring those edges
- Onion juice massage: onion is very good in restoring thinning edges and aiding hair growth. You begin by blending the onion, squeeze out the juice, apply the juice on thin edges or bald spots, leave in for about10 minutes or more, and then rinse out. Then apply a moisturizing cream to hair to avoid dryness. You can keep doing this consistently 3 times a week for 2-3 months.
- Ginger juice massage: ginger is very good in stimulating hair growth. Slice the ginger in small shapes, blend the ginger, massage very well to bald/thin areas and then leave in for 20 minutes or more, rinse out and then apply a moisturizing cream to hair to avoid dryness.
- Hot oil treatment: create a mixture of castor oil,jojoba,avocado or any base oil of your choice and ,peppermint oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil, or any stimulating essential oil in an applicator bottle or a bowl, put in microwave for about 20 seconds, dampen hair with water and then massage hot oil on thin areas. You can continue by wearing a plastic cap to prolong the heat process and leave it for as long as you want, even overnight.
- Restrain from styles that require the use of bonding glues or whatsoever if you are planning on growing your edges back.
- Avoid tight protective styles like braids, twists, etc. that will place tension on your hair. You could tell your hair stylist to leave a little space from your edges to the starting point of your style. This will greatly help.
One of the best way to ensure that your hair grows back is to do away with the bad practices which led to the problem, and incorporate healthy hair habits into your regimen. Relax more, drink a lot of water, give your hair breaks from frequent protective styles and keep it moisturized at all times.
Hope this can help my sisters out there and remember to notice improvements, you have to be consistent and very cautious.
Have a great day!.