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7 Ways to care for thinning edges
One of the most common concerns in the natural community is how to combat thinning edges. Although it may not be something that everyone struggles with, it is something that everyone thinks about and wants to stay away from. Whether you’re currently struggling with repairing damaged edges or if you’re looking for a way to avoid the problem from happening in the future, here are a few tips to keep your hairline as healthy as possible. Give yourself scalp massages regularly. Not only do scalp massages feel great, they also stimulate hair growth and repair follicles. Place extra focus on the areas that are damaged or thinning by rubbing the oil on them. You can even go the extra mile by warming up the oil to create a hot oil treatment (any of our Natural Growth Oil Blends will work great!) or administering a light protein treatment with our Fix My Hair – Intensive Repair Conditioning Masque. Avoid styles that create tension on your hair or cause you to over manipulate your edges for awhile. Slaying your edges and wearing some of your favorite protective styles may have to take a back seat until you re-strengthen your edges. Styles like braids, weaves, wigs, and even tight ponytails can have a major effect on the health of your hairline. Try taking a break from those sorts of styles while trying to regrow your edges. Limit your wear of hats. Limiting or completely eliminating the use of hats in your routine may seem difficult, but your edges will thank you in the long run. Hats and even headbands can damage your fragile hairline by catching onto your hair and pulling it. Likewise, the oils can get trapped at the root and leave your ends dry creating all-around hair breakage. If you do decide to wear a hat or headband, however, be sure it’s satin lined. Add extra strength to your edges by deep conditioning regularly. Are you a person that deep conditions regularly? If the answer is no, you need to start as soon as possible. Our Coco Repair Deep Conditioner or our In Control Moisturizing & Softening Conditioner are great options for this. Take your vitamins. Taking your vitamins wasn’t something that your parents made you do for no reason; they can actually help you improve the health of your hair and edges. Multi-vitamins or biotin can encourage growth and strengthen your hair. Be sure to consult your physician for the supplement that will work best for your hair issues. Consider your nightly routine. If you’ve been one to throw caution to the wind when it comes to your hair at night, that could be the cause of your thinning edges. To help combat your issue, be sure to sleep with your hair tied in a silk/satin scarf or bonnet or choose to sleep on a satin pillowcase to avoid breakage. And of course, moisturize. The way we discuss moisturizing your hair may sound like overkill, but that should prove just how important it is for the health of your hair. If you’re having issues with your edges, you’ll definitely want to ensure you are moisturizing because dry hair increases the risk of breakage and your edges are the most vulnerable. Be sure to take care of your edges just as you would the rest of your hair.