Losing your edges can have adverse effects on your emotions daily. It robs you of the freedom to flaunt your hair the way you want and be proud of your mane, especially when you had full, healthy edges that you gradually lost. Like on those days when you would take special time to brush them back, maybe even put on some edge control and really make them look sleek. Unfortunately, you can’t do that anymore because they are not what they used to be.

So, what causes the thinning of edges and hair loss at your edges? There are a number of reasons why a person might lose her edges including illness, excessive weight loss, pregnancy and postpartum, stress, lupus, scalp conditions such as alopecia areata, and tight hairstyles. In many cases, you can’t do anything about it, but for situations where you can, you should. That’s why we are here, to tell you just how. 

The first thing you must STOP doing is trying to cover your thinning edges. That isn’t going to help your edges grow back at all. In fact, you are only making it worse.
With the tips we will tell you in this post, you can ignore the embarrassment and concentrate on growing your edges back.

Moisturize Daily
Your hair contains tiny blood vessels that are delicate and are responsible for feeding the hair. Moisturizing your hair keeps it healthy, which in turn prevents breakage and falling off. It's one thing to moisturize, its another to moisturize using the right products for your hair that will do all the good it deserves. Using products that contain certain chemicals and ingredients can worsen your hair loss, that's why we recommend our Leave-In Conditioner that moisturizes your hair, leaving it feeling soft and fluffy. It contains no harmful chemicals and has been tested and trusted by many of our amazing customers. Apply daily to your hair from the roots to the tips. Of course, don't ignore your edges, they need the TLC as much as everywhere else to prevent thinning. Applying African Naturalistas Edge Restoring Cream to your edges helps booster its growth. One more thing to add to your daily hair care routine is a Daily Hair Mist. Natural hair tends to lose moisture pretty quickly and this can lead to your hair breaking. A portable spray bottle filled with carefully formulated misty goodness such as this Daily Hair Mist will help your hair stay hydrated and moisturized all day.

Scalp Massages
The blood vessels located in your hair follicles circulate blood and oxygen, which in turn help in the growth of hair. When there is a limited flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients, it may lead to a decrease in the growth of your hair and this may cause thinning, especially at the edges due to reduced concentration of hair there. Scalp massages help stimulate the blood vessels and encourage an increase in the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles. Massaging the scalp daily can help foster hair growth, even thinning edges. You may or may not use hair oils for your scalp massage, however, using certain hair oils can aid hair growth. A combination of specific hair growth oils can make all the difference. When carrying out your daily scalp massage, apply African Naturalistas Hair Growth Oil Elixir, a specially formulated elixir that combines different hair growth-boosting oils in one bottle. Massage gently, working your way from the front (your edges) to the back.

Cut Back on Stressful Hairstyles
We know it’s great to go with current trends so you don’t feel like you are losing out on something spectacular. But also remember that not all hairstyles are great for you. Natural hair requires special care and treatment, even more so when you have thinning edges. Hairstyles that pull your edges or are too tight are a no-no for you. Reduce or better still, completely stop using edge control creams and gels on your edges. It may look great when you are done, but doing that consistently will leave you with no edges at all after some time. Hairstyles like braids, weaves, and even pulled back ponytails are very stressful on the scalp and your fragile edges are unable to withstand that level of stress. Such hairstyles are one of the major causes of hair loss at your edges. If it’s too tight, then it’s a no. Also, styles that require glue or adhesives can result in hair loss at your edges. Some hair types react to these chemicals that are often too strong for your fragile hair. Go for more protective hairstyles that will allow your edges the time it needs to heal and grow back. Apply an Edge Restoring Cream while you wait.

Use Satin
Cotton materials are absorbent and are capable of removing all the natural oils and moisture from your hair. Imagine spending all that time moisturizing your hair, applying special conditioners that are supposed to give you the results you desire, and then wearing a cotton cap or scarf, or sleeping on a cotton-covered pillow. You end up wondering why you wasted money on these products. Use a Satin bonnet especially after your nighttime hair care routine to reduce friction between your hair and the cotton pillowcase. Watch out for the type of satin cap/bonnet you use. Ensure that it is not too tight and that it has satin borders, else, you would be doing your edges more harm than good. For satin caps with non-satin borders, you can simply turn the cap inside out or go for a reversible satin bonnet that will protect your edges every time. Another alternative is to use a satin scarf to protect your hair and edges. However, be careful not to make the scarf too tight as that will put undue strain on your scalp, preventing adequate blood circulation.

Eat Healthily
You may be wondering what your diet has to do with your hair and thinning edges. Like we said before, there are many different causes of hair loss and thinning edges, one of them is poor diet. Foods that are very greasy and junk food, in general, can have a negative impact on your hairline. Eating fruits that are rich in vitamins and other hair growth-boosting minerals will give your hair follicles the nutrients they need to grow your hair. 

These are some of the things you can do to get your edges back like a boss without resulting to using harmful chemicals on your hair that will later cause more harm than good. However, some hair loss is a result of genetics or hormonal imbalance, in which case you may want to have a chat with a Trichologist

Done all of this and nothing still works? We can design a special hair care regimen just for you. Click here and we will get you sorted in no time. 

What other hair care methods have you used to grow your edges back like a boss? What current hair care regimen do you use to protect your edges? Tell us in the comment section or shoot us an email with questions or comments.

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