You’ve seen the photos, we all have. The fierce Naomi Campbell enjoying a beautiful day out on the water… with no edges.
What are edges? It’s a term used amongst African American women. Edges are exactly what they mean. The edge of the hairline. The frontal region of the head starting at the temples, going backwards towards the parietal.
The hair can fallout for many reasons- heredity, use of certain medications, hormonal changes, syphilis,diabetes, and fungal infection. The assumption is that her hair is falling out due to the overuse of extensions and weaves, like so many other young women.There are many hairstyle factors that can cause you to lose your edges:
- Hair that is relaxed too often
- Hair that is dyed too often
- Tight braids
- Too much glue applied to weaves (seriously, it’s 2012, stop gluing tracks in)
- Too much glue applied to lacefront weave
- Locs that are too tight
- Severely dry hair
- Post-natal hair loss
- And the list goes on and on and on…..
So here are a few tips to save your hairline from certain death
1. Read the directions, or get a professional– I hear the horror stories, I read the complaints. You guys leave relaxers and hair dyes in too long, or you are using them too often. Read the directions and follow them according to your hair type. The finer the hair, the shorter time you need to let that relaxer sit. If you feel that you are not capable of following directions, get a professional to relax or color your hair.
2. Your hair follicles, like the rest of you, need air– All that pulling, yanking, braiding, gluing, gelling down, it gets old. Let your hair take a breather every once in a while. Wash your hair with a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, use a good moisturizer and chill out.
3. Something about castor oil– Castor oil, (not just Jamaican Black, but the regular kind too) is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, clears the follicles, moisturizes, and stimulates hair growth. If you notice hair loss, massage the affected area with castor oil and watch your hair come back to life.
4. Moisturize your situation– Dry hair is going to break, so keep the hair moisturized. There are a whole slew of products on the market that will hydrate the hair. I recommend finding a product with Argan or Monoi Oil. Olive oil works, so does coconut oil. The possibilities are endless.
5. Seek professional help- After doing all that you can, keeping the scalp clean, the hair moisturized and you have reduced your risk of perms, dyes, and hair treatments, think about talking to your physician. You hair loss, especially at a young age, could be the result of a medical condition, or it could be due to some medication you are using.
Bottom line– getting your hair back to it’s original state may end up being a chore. I lost my edges back in 2010 after having a baby, and it took about 8 weeks to see even a little growth. I was taking vitamins, using castor oil, and letting my hair breathe. In addition to all of that, I had to wait on my body to regulate my hormones back to normal. So getting your hair back is going to take patience and care.