As soon as you notice your edges thinning out take action. Ignoring the problem will only make it worse and will lead to permanent damage. If your situation is really bad have a Dermatologist evaluate your hair. If your follicles are not dead and you haven’t suffered permanent hair loss with patience and consistency you can reclaim your hairline! Follow these steps to grow back your edges:
Step 1: Avoid any styles that put too much tension on this area
Stop continuously slicking your hair back into that way too tight bun. Avoid braiding your edges because this is entirely too much tension if you are noticing a thinning issue. You should probably stay away from braids but if you do decide that you must do braids for whatever reason, leave this section of your hair out.
Step 2: Reduce the amount of time you come into contact and manipulate your edges
It’s important that you stick to a low manipulation routine which means: avoid combing, brush, touching or picking at this area. The more you leave it alone, the more it will flourish. If you must smooth this area out, use a good moisturizing gel and wear scarf or wave cap for at least 30 minutes or so for laid edges.
Step 3: Pamper this area with moisture and nourishment
Moisturize and oil this area regularly. Emu Oil and Castor Oil are popular products for thinning edges and are said to stimulate hair growth. Just make sure when you massage your oils you are being very gentle, remember it is important that you practice low manipulation.
Step 4: The growth of your edges is going to take time and consistency
If you continue to avoid styles that put too much strain on your hair, reduce manipulation and nourish your edges they will grow back but it is going to take consistency. It may take a couple of months or more before you notice improvement, but it is well worth the wait.
The culprit of thinning edges is usually linked to the styles we wear and or chemical damage. Braids, braid extensions, weaves and really tight ponytails have a habit of pulling the hair and putting too much strain on the follicles. Over time if the hair is continuously being pulled out this will lead to permanent damage, so always keep an eye out for this. Relaxers or chemical treatments will also aid in weakening the hair further so if you are noticing thinning hair lay off all forms of chemical hair treatments.