You’d be hard-pressed to find a black woman who has not struggled with thinning edges at some point in her life. Ever heard the phrase ‘’snatching edges’’? For example ‘’Beyonce snatched edges with her performance last night.’’
That’s usually used as a hyperbole to show how surprised you are.
Many practices have led to snatching edges in the literal sense. Tight hairstyles and poor practices have had your edges snatched for ages now. Your edges hair seem not to be growing back no matter what you do. But we’ll let you in on a few tips on how to get your edges back in no time:
1. Tight hairstyles be gone
Say no to hairstylists who braid your hair tightly. Just say no! Apart from giving you a headache and giving you the inability to move your face, tight braids ruin your edges in the long run. You will find that your hairline starts to recede, and if this situation is not corrected, you will end up with a condition called traction alopecia, which is gradual hair loss. Also, avoid tight ponytails, tight pigtails and any other styles you use to get the hair out of your face. Learn how to take care of relaxed african hair.
2. Obey your edges…Take a break
Your edges hair could be desperately crying out for help. If you do decide to braid constantly, take at least a 2-week break from the time you take down your braids or weave. While taking the break, show your hair the TLC it deserves. This gives your mane a chance to recover from all the manipulation and tension placed on your edges.
3. Did someone say massage?
Use your fingers to massage your edges using circular motions. Do this 3 to 5 times weekly for 5 to 10 minutes. If you do this faithfully you will definitely start to see improvement. Before massaging, apply oils such as Jamaican Black Castor Oil or, peppermint oil to aid in stimulating blood flow.
4. Loosen up
When wearing wig caps or bonnets, make sure they are not too tight. If your wig caps and bonnets are on too tight you will start to see a bald spot where the caps and bonnets sit on your head.
5. Eat your way to thicker edges
Load up on foods rich in Vitamin C, potassium, iron, zinc and biotin for stronger hair and a healthy scalp.