So, I ran an Instagram poll a few weeks ago on the biggest hair struggles, and most chose thinning edges. This is a common pain point in most of the women on my hair course. So, if you are dealing with thinning edges, you're not alone. As always, regardless of all the tips you read here and it feels like I have shared these a million times! Prevention is better than cure.
Common causes of thinning edges or loss range from hereditary/genetic factors to medical conditions such as traction alopecia. Other common causes include: nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalance, bad hairstyling practices and even ageing!
Many people struggle with this issue, but the good news is that there are steps you can take to improve your edges and promote healthy hair growth around that area.
Here are five tips to help you get started:
1. Less wigs:
Wearing wigs can be a convenient way to switch up your look, but they can also cause damage to your edges if you wear them too frequently. Try to limit your wig-wearing and please give your hair a break!
2. Less braids:
Braids are a good protective style, but they can also put tension on your edges and cause breakage, especially when they are too tight. Consider getting braids at much longer intervals. In fact, if you can, avoid them altogether!
And if you do get them, always opt for looser braids, or try out other low-manipulation protective hairstyles that won’t exert as much tension on your edges.
3. Less edge control or gels:
Yes, I know you love to lay your edges, but you should be more concerned about letting them grow properly!
These gels are full of alcohols and fragrance which isn’t good for the health of your edges. They can cause a lot of product buildup and clog your hair follicles in the process! Try to use these products sparingly, or opt for natural alternatives like aloe vera gel or flaxseed gel.
4. Swap scarves for silk or satin pillowcase:
Going to bed wearing a scarf for 7-8 hours can cause a lot of friction between the delicate skin and fine hairs on your edges and the scarf fabric. Consider swapping your scarf for a silk/satin pillowcase or a silk sleep hat. This will not only be gentler on your edges, it will also help retain moisture in your hair.
5. Stop constantly massaging your edges:
I’m well aware that a head massage can be an effective way to promote hair growth, there’s nothing wrong with stimulating your follicles. But you might be doing it wrong! Head massaging takes skill, and you might literally be rubbing your edges away! Try to limit your massaging and please, be gentle when doing so - use the pad of your fingers in a slight circular motion.
If you’ve been diagnosed with traction alopecia, this extra tip is for you – Use Minoxidil at 5%. Please note that this may or may not work for you. Some of our clients got great results, while some didn’t. You could also consider getting a hair transplant, we have seen some spectacular results from this too!
Following these tips and focusing on your overall hair health is sure to create renewed hope for your edges.
Remember, it’s important to be patient and consistent, you can’t expect to see results in one to two days – it’s not magic! And if you're still struggling with thinning edges or are unsure about the root cause, you should consider consulting with a hair care professional for personalised advice.