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Many of you have requested a post on restoring a damaged hairline/edges and it’s a trending hot topic in the South African Naturals group on Facebook. I did some reading and research, gathered what seems to have worked for most so here goes my homies;
What are the main causes of a damaged hairline?
- Protective styling gone wrong. Wearing a protective style too long can damage the hairline. This is especially true if the style is too tight or heavy (aka those super long box braids perhaps), this puts stress on the temples, pulls and tugs on the hair follicles. This also goes for tight pony tails or those slicked-back buns.
- Rough brushing/combing/tugging. Repetitively brushing or combing hair, especially when dry, causes breakage. Remember, in order to prevent breakage on natural hair, it has to be brushed/detangled ONLY when damp and never dry.
- Other reasons (which I’m not covering in this post): Medical…Genetic…
How do you prevent damage to your hair line?
- Obvious one here is to make sure your styles are not too tight! When at a hair salon, be vocal and let your hair stylist know if he/she is pulling too much. Some stylists don’t know how to do otherwise even when instructed, and that’s when you have to get out that chair and chuck deuce! Leave boo. Run!
- If your hair breaks easily and you battle with keeping a strong hairline, avoid color treatments or any similar chemical treatments as they may weaken your hair and make it more prone to breakage.
- Reduce your use of the flat iron and blow drier = heat damage = breakage.
- If you install weaves and wear wigs, you have to make sure to give your hair a break often. They can’t be worn 24/7/365. Your scalp literally needs air, and hydration.
- Wear a satin scarf to bed to avoid friction between your hair and the pillow!
- Once you notice breakage, you have to act fast! If you neglect the area and repeat the above-mentioned mistakes, it may turn into traction alopecia which is a headache to deal with and not so easily reversible at home without a dermatologist.
How to treat and restore the damaged hairline…!
- Stimulate the follicles by massaging the hairline area with oils. This Jamaican Black Castor Oil is great for treating hair loss, promoting faster, thicker and stronger hair growth. Peppermint essential oil mixed with a carrier oil like coconut/jojoba/sweet almond oil should also be used. This can be mixed with the castor oil. Peppermint oil stimulates hair growth. It’s rich in essential fatty acids, nutrients and antioxidants that aid in your scalp’s health – batting away infections and promoting blood circulation. Peppermint also keeps dandruff away. Other than that make sure to not use any oils that will clog the pores, especially those with petroleum. Stick with natural growth promoting moisturizers. This may seem obvious but massage the area with the pads of your fingers not fingernails – DAILY.
- Exercise & Drink plenty of water! Exercise stimulates blood circulation and this is important for hair growth. Water helps with hydration, promotes hair growth and wards off dandruff – remember dandruff and hair growth don’t go together.
- Take a daily over-the-counter multivitamin to supplement what you may not be getting in your diet. Iron, Vitamin C, and Biotin are key in promoting growth. Even those who follow a healthy diet can benefit from taking a multivitamin, we don’t always get all that we need from our foods.
- You’ve got to let go of the braids, wigs and weaves, altogether. Until your hairline has been somewhat restored.
Last but certainly not least, time and consistency ya’ll! Religiously taking care of your hairline will definitely show results!
Well, I’m super happy I covered this topic – heavily requested! Really hope it helps and for those who have tried other methods that worked, please leave them in the comments to help others! Thanks homies.
Peace and Nappy Love!