I thought I would do a post on… edges. Dun dun dun! They’re quite easy to ignore at first but when they’re disappearing, they become noticeable but for the wrong reasons. Here are some tips and thoughts on edges.
Our edges are the most fragile part of our hair. If you already have healthy and strong edges, keep it up 🙂 there are some remedies that can help you, because it’s still something that needs to be maintained.
Styles that strain ’em… Try to avoid these styles, or very rarely do them. Have you ever heard of traction alopecia?
Traction alopecia is a form of alopecia, or gradual hair loss, caused primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair. This commonly results from the sufferer frequently wearing their hair in a particularly tight ponytail, pigtails, or braids.*
There are many ways we can avoid this kind of hair loss, including:
- No more drying gels but water based ones that are more gentle
- Use satin scarves and/or pillowcases to protect your hair at night
- Relaxing/texturising. Let’s be honest – this does cause hair to become thinner, so it is more likely to break if not cared for
- When doing buns, ponytails and puffs etc. tie your hair loosely
- Move where you put your ponytails, puffs and buns (doing ponytails higher up puts less tension on your edges)
- Try not to brush your edges too much (especially with brushes that have harsh bristles)
- Weaves that are put on with glue – just no no no, even if you have good edges, I would completely run away from this
- Tight headbands or even helmets that you use every day (not as tight maybe?)
- Do less of the styles that cause you to pull your hair regularly
- Less… much less (or none at all if you have hair loss) cain rows, weaves and sometimes even single styles (especially if you are already experiencing hair loss)
- Change where you part your hair – parting in the same place over and over again, will make that area weak and sensitive. I went through a phase where I kept doing a pompadour in the same place at the front. Eventually I had to stop because I noticed the areas on the side started getting weak and felt quite sensitive. Be careful peeps…
Here are some easy remedies and tips you can try to help strengthen or maintain your edges:
- Moisturise and seal your edges every morning and night
- Scalp massages every day, with your favourite oil (I’d recommend Jamaican Black Castor oil/regular Castor oil, Coconut oil or Olive oil)
- Do none of the styles that will put strain on your edges, or do them less often
To be honest, if it’s very serious, to the point where it may be irreversible, please consult a medical professional.
Really hope this helped. What do you do to maintain your edges?
P.S. If you are dealing with medical conditions such as alopecia areata, please contact a medical professional. Thanks 🙂
* Quote from: wikipedia.org