Hair thinning is one of the most common beauty issues, but it’s most daunting when the thinning happens at the hairline. Thankfully, this problem is easy to solve without having to buy a laundry list of products. By paying extra attention to the problem area, while abstaining from a few styling methods, you can nurse your hairline back to health over time. The key to bouncing back from damaged edges is patience. It’s best not to expect an overnight solution to hair loss, but with enough effort and consistency, you can guarantee your edges will regain its strength soon.
SOME POSSIBLE CAUSES FOR DAMAGE EDGES
- Tight tension on hairline (can be a result from ponytails, weaves, braids, etc.).
- Chemical treatments
- Poor conditioning habits
- Vitamin deficiency
- Health issues
WAYS TO TREAT
1. DEEP CONDITION
When conditioning your hair, pay special attention to your edges. That may mean, applying a bit more conditioner to your hairline and allowing a longer sitting time for it to deeply moisturize.
2. TAKE A BREAK FROM PROTECTIVE STYLES
Thinning hair is too weak to withstand tight hairstyles, so take a break from braids, cornrows, ponytails, and other pulling styles. If you must do some form of protective styling, wear styles that don’t add too much tension, like chunky french braids or pinned-back updos.
3. STOP BRUSHING
While treating damaged edges, do away with your brushes and combs. You don’t want to further pull any more strands. Use your hands to style your edges.
4. STIMULATE THE SCALP
Massage your scalp with stimulating oils like peppermint mixed with olive and castor. The peppermint will awaken your follicles, the olive oil with promote blood circulation, and the castor oil will help strengthen and thicken your strands. Daily scalp massages will make a great difference in your hair health.
5. TAKE VITAMINS
Perhaps your hair loss is due to a vitamin deficiency. Consult with your physician to know for sure. There are several hair vitamin supplements out there to choose from. If you’re not into the hair pill craze, you can also go to your local drugstore and pick up multivitamins, biotin (which is a form of Vitamin B found in many hair supplements), or iron pills (as iron deficiency is a common cause of hair loss).
6. SLEEP ON SATIN
For curly and kinky hair textures (aka natural hair), it’s best to sleep with a satin bonnet or scarf, or on a satin pillowcase. The smooth fibers won’t rob your hair’s moisture and will prevent friction that can lead to breakage.
7. GO HEAT-FREE
It’s no secret that heat can add more damage to our strands. While your edges regain its strength, take a break from heat tools and blow dryers.
7. GO CHEMICAL-FREE
If it’s possible, stay away from chemicals and relaxers while you are nursing your hair back to health. If you must use chemicals, go for gentle products that include beneficial ingredients. Limit your chemical treatments and increase your conditioning treatments.
8. PROTEIN TREATMENTS
Using a protein enriched conditioner or masque will restore strength and elasticity to your strands. Be careful not to overdo it though, as too much protein can leave your hair feeling stiff, thus causing more breakage.
9. USE ONLY NATURAL OILS AND BUTTERS
You can never go wrong using natural ingredients. Styling with only natural oils and butters will nourish your scalp and strengthen your entire hair shaft root to tip.
10. SEE A SPECIALIST
There are many reasons why you may be experiencing hair loss and thinning. If you know it’s not due to poor styling and conditioning habits, it could be an issue best cared for with the help of a physician.
How do you deal with damaged edges? Let us know below!