Having full, well-laid edges is every girl’s dream. No one wants edges that seem to be crying for help. Sadly, this is not the case for everyone. Many people still struggle with their edges because its bald or they lost it to some sort of hairstyle or even as a result of thinning. Whatever the case may be, it is still possible to get those full, picture-perfect edges back. However, these may take some time because the rate of hair growth differs from person to person but it’s worth the try.
What causes bald or thinning edges?
There are numerous reasons why your edges seem bald or may be thin. Excessive styling and bad styling habits can cause strain on your edges, thinning them over the course of time. Other reasons for hair loss (at the edges and beyond) can include pregnancy, stress, heredity, hypothyroidism, chronic illnesses like lupus, and scalp conditions.
1. Excessive styling
Excessive styling and bad styling habits can cause strain on your edges. The tension on your edges from tight braided protective styles is causing more harm to your hairline. We all love a quick go-to bun or puff (because honestly who has time for complicated styles). However, these pulled back styles cause tension on the hairline from being pulled in various directions.
2. Wigs and weaves
I know you didn’t see this coming. Yes, these can damage your edges. Wigs and weaves are a convenient way to change up your look and can also serve as a protective style. However, the tight braiding, glue, and wig caps can cause thinning along the hairline and edges.
Sometimes, the glue may stick to the baby hairs along the areas of your hairline and break the hairs off when you’re trying to take off the wig. Also, tight wig caps or braidings can cause stress on your fragile edges.
3. Pregnancy and postpartum shedding
For pregnant women or women who have just given birth, it is not uncommon to notice a change in the appearance and thickness of your edges and hair altogether. Hormonal changes are a big contributing factor to postpartum shedding and hair loss. It is best to discuss with your doctor in more detail about treatment for postpartum shedding.
4. Other medical conditions
There are some medical conditions that cause hair thinning. Some of these conditions include stress, hypothyroidism, alopecia areata, chronic illnesses like lupus, and scalp conditions.
Trichotillomania is another unique condition where someone has an impulse to pull their hair out and results in hair loss and bald patches. This is a medical condition that requires professional treatment. Additionally, dietary deficiencies can cause hair loss.
5. Chemical damage
Using chemicals such as relaxers, hair dyes, etc. can cause irreversible damage to the structure of our hair. If you aren’t maintaining healthy hair care habits even with the use of these chemicals, this can further increase the amount of breakage you will experience and lead to the appearance of thinning hair and edges.
How to grow your edges back
Now we know what causes your edges to thin or get bald, let us look at how to grow these edges back.
1. Daily scalp massages
Massaging the scalp stimulates the blood vessels to increase blood flow and circulation to the scalp and hair follicles. This increased circulation brings more nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles and aids hair growth. Ensure you do scalp massages daily for better results.
2. Use hair growth oils
Rubbing your edges with oils or oil treatments that stimulate hair growth can also aid in regrowing your edges. These oils reduce damage to your edges by repairing the follicles and encouraging hair growth. Learn more about hair growth oils here.
3. Moisturize your edges always
It’s easy to forget your edges when moisturizing. But, if you really want those edges back, you need to focus your moisturizing products on your edges too. Don’t be stingy! Apply a good amount of your moisturizing products to your edges. When deep conditioning, don’t forget to apply a concentrated amount to your edges. This will help provide these fragile areas essential nourishment to keep them strong.
4. Say goodbye to extreme styling
I know you love your braids but you would only be saying goodbye to them for a short while. If you are serious about growing your edges back, you need to sacrifice your braids, buns, ponytails, and puffs. Try mini twists, bantu knots, chunky twists or wash and go’s.
5. Quit using edge control or glue
Edge control is a no-no for you when trying to regrow those edges. The constant manipulation of your edges with hard bristles brushes and edge control gel can prevent your edges from growing back. If you’re trying to grow your edges, let them grow naturally without being forced down. You can try any of your regular styles with free, unlaid edges. This saves you more time in the end.
Moreover, if you must wear wigs, avoid those that require glue. Make sure you don’t wear wig caps that are too tight.
P.S: Tying your headwraps too tight can cause your fragile edges to break.
6. Always use a satin bonnet/scarf/pillowcase
You have probably heard this a million times (or maybe not). For naturals, satin bonnet/scarf/pillowcase can be lifesavers when protecting our hair at night. It can help with our edges too. Sleeping on cotton pillowcases can cause friction that sucks the moisture out of your edges. This will undo the benefits of any extra nourishment you’ve added with oils and moisturizers.
Bald and thinning edges can be upsetting and uncomfortable for anyone. It is important to also identify the cause of the thining. Let me also mention that some bald edges are hereditary.
Whatever the case, try not to get stressed out during the time you are growing them back and know that most of the time this issue is treatable and reversible. Once they grow back, you can continue healthy hair care habits to keep them strong and prevent them from thinning again.
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