Your edges play a huge role in framing your face and how your hair looks, the swoops and swirls you create with your baby hairs and edge control are always the cherry on top of any super-cute hairstyle. However, it comes with a caveat: over-styling can wreak havoc on your hairline, causing thinning edges and maybe even worse, permanent hair loss. But there is some good news if you have not gone beyond the point of no return, it is possible to grow back your edges. Below, we have highlighted some of the ways that can be within your control to prevent and deal with thinning edges.
Avoid Hairstyles that are too Tight Frequently
The first step to follow to prevent thinning edges is to steer clear of hairdos that pull on your hair. The continuous pulling can cause strands of hair to break, fall out and damage, leading to permanent hair loss. this includes protective styles. Even though they have the word protective in the name, if you go for the wrong style, a lot of these looks can potentially damage your edges. That means you are going to have to go easy on wearing your hair in tight cornrows, braids, dreadlocks, as well as sleek buns and ponytails. Instead, try a gentler style like looser braids or crochet braids. Also, let your stylist know if you feel any pulling or tugging during the installation process. It is recommended a braided style should not be worn no longer than two to three months.
Take a Break from Heat Tools
Thick edges are healthy edges, so steer off the flat iron. Excessive use of hair straighteners, blow dryers, and curling wands can cause your edges to dry out, sizzle, fry, and break off. But, if you really need to style your hair with heat, just spritz it with a heat-protectant spray every single time.
Do Not Wear Tight Weaves
As much as weaves and extensions are a great way to add length to your hair, they might also be the reason you are dealing with thinning edges. You should wear weaves for short periods of time and opt for sewn-in weaves rather than those for using bond glue. If your weave is uncomfortable on your head and irritating your scalp, remove it immediately. Your protective style should be doing exactly that, protecting your hair, not harming it.
Wrap Your Hair Before Bed
Show tender, love and care to your edges by wrapping your hair with a silk or satin bonnet or scarf before bed. The smooth texture of the fabric not only prevents friction and any potential breakage, but it also helps your hair retain moisture.
Moisturize Your Edges
Boost the hydration levels of your edges by applying hair oils and doing intensive conditioning. Apply a protein-based leave-in conditioner into your daily haircare routine, as well as do a weekly deep-conditioning treatments. This will boost the health of your edges and make them look thicker, healthier and silkier.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and proteins if you want fuller and healthier edges. A healthy diet is high in antioxidants and they can help your hair grow fuller and thicker especially the vegetables and the fruits. The proteins will boost healthier strands growth.
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