We all know how important edges are! Without healthy, full edges, we might not feel comfortable wearing certain styles such as a sleek bun or cornrows. So when we feel our edges are not up to par, it can be a bit embarrassing. Trust me, I’ve been there. When I was transitioning, I did box braids A LOT and although my hair grew so much, my edges were a disaster. I actually had a spot on my hairline that was basically bald! It took a while to restore my edges but I made it! Here’s how I grew them back:
Moisture, Moisture, Moisture!
I found that one of the best ways to get that hair growing thick and strong was to keep the area moisturized. Edges and baby hairs are so fragile, they will easily break off if left dry. By moisturizing my edges I was able to maximize length retention.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil
I credit this thick, sticky, not-so-nice-smelling oil with restoring my edges to their pre-braids glory! I strongly believe this is what has helped my edges and bald spots grow in properly. Not only does it seal the moisture into your hairline exceptionally well, but it softens the hair that grows in.
Watch Those Facial Products
It took me a long time to realize that this was a potential issue. Be careful of getting your skincare products on your fragile little baby hairs, particularly if you’re using strong or medicated products. Just because it’s good for your face, doesn’t mean it’s meant to be used on your hair! I don’t have this issue anymore because I now use natural face products but when I used to use the stuff with chemicals, my edges weren’t so happy. Be sure to cover your edges before washing your face!
Don’t Pull Your Edges Too Tight
This is a big no no! Pulling your hair too tight when you’re doing ponytails or buns can cause traction alopecia (when the hair gets ripped out because there’s too much strain on it). The hair at your edges is already weak! Don’t make it worse by pulling them super tight.
Watch That Edge Control
Hey, I get it! We all want smooth, laid edges, but be careful of the type of gel or edge control you use! Some gels have some really drying ingredients that will dry out that fragile hair and make it break off. Worse still if you proceed to brush that hair harshly! Try using edge controls or gels that nourish the hair (e.g. Curls Blueberry/Passionfruit Control Paste, Shea Moisture JBCO Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment, Ecostyler Gel). And instead of using a hard brush, try just tying your edges down with a silk scarf for 10-15 minutes.
I hope you find these tips helpful! And let’s take the journey towards thick, healthy edges!