Worrying about hair edges is a key concern for many people when it comes to hair. Despite all the work they put into making their hair strong and healthy, some folks still suffer from thin hairlines.
If this describes you, you're probably wondering if there is anything you can do to regrow your edges. The answer to this is a resounding yes! You may have forgotten by now but not too long ago I made a post explaining how my mother regrew her edges in on five months.
Before discussing the steps you can take to regrow your edges, let's discuss a few things that could be causing them to thin in the first place. You may suffer from thin edges due to genetics. It's also common to suffer from thin edges as result of aging. There could also be an underlying health issue that's causing the problem. Some common issues are lupus, hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, just to name a few. Pregnancy and recent childbirth are also potential culprits. A scalp infection is another common cause. For others, it's not a health issue that's the cause, but it is instead the result of pressure on your hairline due to the wearing of tight wigs or braids.
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After reading through the list, you probably saw one that applies to you. Once you've found a potential cause of your thin edges, solving the problem gets a little easier.
1. If you do anything that puts pressure and tension on your hair, step one is to stop doing it. If you want to regrow your edges, it is imperative that you do this. That means no more tight pony tails or braids. It is understandable that you want to pull your hair as tightly as possible to get it to be as smooth as possible, but you can't do this if you want to regrow your edges.
2. Let your hair breathe every now and then. The best way to do this is by taking a break from the wigs and weaves occasionally. Sure, using weaves and wigs makes things easier, but it does so at the expense of your edges, which is counterproductive if you're trying to regrow them.
3. If for some reason you can't live without your wig/weave, at least make an effort to apply oil to your edges nightly, while also making sure you moisturize and seal your hair, otherwise you're just wasting your time trying to regrow your edges. Jamaican black castor oil is my personal recommendation, but if that's not an option for you, peppermint oil and coconut oil are decent alternatives.
4. Give yourself a scalp massage using your oil of choice. By improving the blood circulation in your scalp via regular scalp massages, hair follicle health will be improved.
5. If you're losing hair because of an infection on your scalp, there are several antifungal products available to treat the problem. In severe cases, you may need to see a doctor who can prescribe a more powerful treatment. Once the scalp infection clears up, your hair follicles will begin to strengthen.
6. Think about your diet. You could be having hair thinning issues due to vitamin deficiencies from not eating properly. If your diet isn't what it should be, consider supplementing it with a daily multivitamin.
7. Lastly, avoid heat whenever possible. For example, instead of blow drying your hair, let it air dry naturally. Using a flat iron to straighten your hair should also be avoided. While they make life much easier and more convenient, both devices are very damaging to hair.