How to restore, prevent hairline loss
Any woman can experience thinning, breaking, or balding edges, not just women who have relaxed hair, wear weave, or are older. There are numerous reasons why your hairline can thin which can be upsetting and embarrassing.
Causes of Thinning Edges
Main causes of hair loss include pregnancy, stress, hereditary, hypothyroidism, chronic illnesses like lupus, iron deficiency anemia, hormone imbalances like polycystic ovarian syndrome, scalp conditions like seborrheic dermatitis, alopecia areata, and excessive tight styling. However, most women are experiencing thinning edges due to tight styling and/or bad styling habits.
The good news is you are not alone. This can happen to anyone and may happen regardless of doing everything right. Sometimes we see the problem occurring before it gets too bad and curtail it but do not make the problem worse. Covering it up may worsen the thinning, so forget the embarrassment and concentrate on re-growing your edges rather than hiding it.
What To Do
. Scalp massages stimulate the skin and encourage blood vessels to increase blood flow and boost circulation to the scalp and hair follicles. This increased circulation brings more nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles and may aid hair growth.
Which oils to use is less important than the actual act of massaging, and this can be done without oil, as the purpose is to encourage circulation. Rub the thinning areas with oil or oil mixture treatments. These treatments will reduce the damage on your edges by repairing the follicles and encourage hair growth. Try a light protein treatment mixed with moisturiser and massage it into your scalp to stimulate growth. Also, black castor oil is an emollient that coats the hair and scalp and it has vitamin E, which helps to replenish the skin.
. Use healthy or natural products around or near your hairline- Try and keep facial cleansers, moisturisers and makeup away from your hairline, as they may cause more damage to the fragile area you are trying to regrow hair. Some acne treatments advices not applying the product to your hairline so check the bottle.
. Take hair supplements- At the very least a daily multi-vitamin will aid in hair growth, but many swear by taking hair, skin, and nail vitamins or biotin. There is no supplement that will give you instant hair growth but many have claimed hair vitamins/biotin encourage hair growth.
. Use satin pillowcases- Start sleeping on a satin pillowcase instead of cotton because the cotton pillowcase absorbs natural oils and moisture right out of your hair and the friction between your hair and cotton pillowcase can lead to breakage. Your edges need those oils and moisture when they are thinning, so pamper them with the right nighttime treatments.
What Not To Do
. Wearing tight styles like braids, weaves and tight ponytails contribute heavily to this problem. Of course we want our style to last but the tighter the style, the more tension you are applying to your scalp and those fragile edges cannot tolerate it.
. Using glues, adhesives, or wig caps which prevent your scalp from breathing. If you are trying to regrow your edges, we suggest you steer clear of them.
. Wearing tight satin caps with non-satin borders is doing more harm than good to your hair. Just sleep on the satin pillowcase or wear the satin bonnet inside out to keep your edges from rubbing against thread from the bonnet.
. No brushes, no edge control
Stay away from the brush, gels for your edges, or accentuating baby hair. Keep the baby hair for your baby and leave your edges alone.
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