The swirls and waves of those wisp-like baby hair or “edges” add an artistic touch to any hairstyle. However, these baby hairs are incredibly fragile. Constant traction, manipulation, and aggressive hairstyles (like braids and weaves) can further increase their fragility and affect your hairline.
If you have been worried about the edges and your receding hairline, it’s time to reclaim and regrow them. Scroll down to find tips and hacks to regrow your edges and care for them.
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What Causes Thinning Edges?
There are a lot of reasons for thinning edges. These include:
1. Chemical Exposure
Frequently relaxing and dyeing the hair may damage the fragile baby hairs. Relaxers and dyes contain chemicals that damage the internal hair structure.
2. Tight Hairstyles
Braids, twists, tight buns, weaves – any tight and protective hairline can pull and tug your hair and cause damage. This is called traction alopecia, which often affects the hairline.
3. Excess Use Of Edge Control Treatment
Excessive use of edge control gels and creams to style and hold your baby hairs can damage the hair follicles and cause thinning.
4. Excessive Manipulation
You may love to change the edge design pattern often and brush or stroke the baby hairs frequently. This causes friction, hair breakage, and thinning.
5. Wrong Hair Products
Not all products are suitable for natural and coily hair. Products containing alcohol, parabens, petrolatum, mineral oil, and artificial preservatives may affect hair health. Your face makeup may also accumulate on the edges and cause scalp buildup, flaking, and hair breakage.
Hats, caps, beanies, headbands, headscarves, helmets, hairbands – anything that holds around the hairline for long causes friction and thinning edges.
7. Health Conditions And Heredity
Factors like stress, sudden weight loss, post-partum stress, any chronic condition, lupus, and medications (especially steroids) may affect your overall hair health and cause thinning. Also, if you have a family history of receding hairline, you may experience the same. If you think your thinning edges are a result of an underlying condition, consult a doctor.
In most cases, regrowing your edges is easy with proper hair care. Try the following tips to restore your hairline naturally.
How To Regrow Your Edges Naturally: 9 Effective Tips
1. Change Your Hairstyle
One easy way to halt hair loss due to traction alopecia is to change your hairstyle. Instead of pulling your hair back in a tight ponytail or bun, wear it down. If you want to wear a ponytail or a bun, keep it loose and low on your head.
Change your hairstyle every 2-3 weeks, and alternate between ponytails, loose braids, and buns. Don’t wear weaves or extensions for a few months.
2. Avoid Chemical Exposure
Avoid chemical procedures like coloring, relaxing, smoothening, and other hair treatments. This will help your hair regain its natural texture and pattern and minimize hair breakage. Do not use heat styling tools for a few months. Allow your hair to breathe and embrace its natural pattern.
3. Switch To Gentler Hair Care Products
Switch to shampoos and conditioners that contain natural and mild ingredients. Use products that contain natural oils and other hydrating ingredients. Avoid harsh ingredients like alcohol, parabens, artificial fragrance, and colors. Use protective serums and sprays to prevent environmental damage caused by UV exposure and pollution.
4. Keep Your Hair Moisturized
Dry and brittle hair snaps easily. Hence, keep your hair moisturized to minimize breakage. Use natural oils like olive and jojoba oils, nourishing hair masks, and plant butters for soft and smooth hair.
5. Consult A Trichologist
Trichologists are specialists who treat scalp and hair issues. If you are distressed by your recent hair loss, consult a trichologist, and follow the prescribed treatment. The doctor may suggest topical minoxidil to stimulate hair growth (1).
6. Use Peppermint Oil
Mix 2-3 drops of peppermint oil with two tablespoons of any carrier oil, like olive or jojoba oil, and massage your hairline with it.
7. Follow A Healthy Diet
Deficiencies in vital nutrients can cause hair fall (3). Hence, following a diet rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and good fats is essential for healthy hair. Consume healthy portions of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, seeds, nuts, seafood, meat, dairy, and whole grains to improve your scalp, hair, and overall health.
8. Wear A Wig With A Bonnet
Wearing a wig can protect the baby hairs while they grow. However, ensure to buy good quality wigs. Keep your edges moisturized, and wear a satin bonnet under your wig to protect your hairline from friction.
9. Get Your Complete Blood Work Done
Go for complete blood tests to determine any underlying medical conditions or nutritional deficiencies. Your hair will grow back once the conditions or deficiencies are addressed.
While regrowing your edges takes time and effort, restoring your hairline is possible in most cases. Changing your hairstyle, using natural and gentle hair care products, and consuming a healthy diet can do wonders for your hairline.
Hair loss may not just be a cosmetic concern, especially if you experience excessive shedding for a long time. Consult a doctor to rule out any serious underlying health issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can damaged edges grow back?
Yes, you can regrow your damaged edges with proper care.
Which oil is best for growing edges?
Peppermint oil can help restore damaged edges.
Why won’t my edges grow back?
Aggressive hairstyling habits, excessive styling, and processing can strain the edges and cause hair loss.
What is the best product to regrow edges?
Consult a doctor and use minoxidil to stimulate hair growth.
- Minoxidil and its use in hair disorders: a review
- Peppermint Oil Promotes Hair Growth without Toxic Signs
- Diet and hair loss: effects of nutrient deficiency and supplement use