by Ashley Bivins
Thinning temples and edges are a common problem that affects 2 out of 3 women of African descent at some point in their lifetime. Thinning edges can be prevalent in individuals who regularly style their hair in high tension styles near the crown. Also those who have continuously chemically processed their natural hair over many years. The crown area and especially our edges tend to be straighter and more fragile and its important that we treat our delicate edges with care.
Overly Tight Braids and Weaves
When braids and weaves are properly installed, there may be mild tension involved, however braids should not be extremely tight to the point in which the client feels pain, or experiences blisters or sores. If unhealthy braiding and weaving continues over a period of many years a condition known medically known as traction alopecia, can occur. The chances of hair recovering from traction alopecia varies and depends on how severe the trauma and the amount of time in which the trauma has occurred.
Solution: Catching the issue early will prevent the progression of this condition. Don’t wear braids that cause you small puss filled bumps at your edges, remove these braids immediately.
Be vocal with your braider or stylist while they are braiding, advice them of any excessive pain while braiding.
When wearing weaves if you have thinning edges choose to leave them out of your sew-in.
Over-processing with Chemicals
- Relaxers and any other chemical treatment, break down the natural structure of your hair, and also change your hairs’ PH, making your hair more susceptible to breakage. Misapplication of your relaxer can lead to over processing which can cause severe breakage.
Solution: Go natural! Chemicals and Relaxers do not promote long term hair growth and health. Once you use a relaxer the hair has been changed, the effects are permanent. Many people a miseducated on the use of relaxers and often relax the entire hair shaft instead of the new growth, which further damages the hair. Weaves, and braids that are safely installed are a great choice for ladies who want to go natural.
Using heat on your edges or natural hair excessively can lead to damage over time. Using harsh tools like, boar brushes and fine toothed combs in the temple section when hair is in fragile state can lead to damage as well.
Our Tip: Fight the urge to use the flat iron daily! Choose a style that wont require frequent flat ironing. Ladies also quit brushing your precious edges roughly in-between relaxers. When styling your edges choose gentle alternatives!
- Use an gel specific for styling your edges, and a soft boar brush.
- To ensure a flat overall look minus the heat, spray your favorite hair spray on your edges, brush them gently to submission then use your favorite hair scarf or wrap and leave on your edges for at least 30 minutes or overnight!
- Embrace the texture of your hair of your hair as it grows experiment with natural styles such as braid out’s and twist out’s that hide the new growth, or purchase ethnic wefted hair that matches your own, and opt for a healthy sew-in .
Products that promote hair growth:
Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Castor Oil for Hair: A popular hair growth oil is the Jamaican Black unrefined applied to roots and scalp regularly. Keep reading to find out more.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil is the best kind to use for your hair. You can typically find castor oil at any grocery store or drugstore. You may remember getting castor oil as a child as a regular daily supplement. I
But, castor oil is a wonderful oil to use for hair treatments and the benefits to your hair are astounding and well worth it.
However, if you have difficulties in finding Jamaican Black Castor Oil in a drugstore, you can check out online retailers to get the purest form of this oil. The reasoning behind looking for black castor oil is to have an unrefined oil.
Using the unrefined or purest form of castor oil for hair will ensure that you get the best results because the oil is still closest to its natural state. The color will typically be darker and the scent will be much richer. It generally does not have a scent.
Recent lab research combining the tripeptide GHK with biotin demonstrated a 58-120% increase in hair length. In a study measuring the effect of oral biotin supplementation on nail health, seven of nine study participants with hair loss both alopecia and telogen effluvium reported improvement in their hair. These patients were taking 2.5 mg/day of biotin. Experts suggest taking high dosage (5 mg) biotin to help prevent further hair loss.