Many of us have asked or even wondered – how to grow my edges back? It’s no secret, stress and chemicals can take a toll on our hair causing our edges to break and become thin over time. This is my story of how my edges became thin and the steps I took to repair them.
Why Did My Edges Thin
I have shared my tips for repairing edges with many but only a few have cared to ask why did my edges thin? Each time this question is asked, it takes me to a dark place. My edges thinned predominantly from stress and neglect. My husband had cancer as many of you know so stress took a toll on me. Additionally, I neglected my hair because hair was not a priority. Between stress and neglect, my edges thinned significantly.
When my edges first started thinning, I was not blogging, thus I didn’t think to take progress photos. Thankfully, I have a before and after so you can see the start [thin, unhealthy edges] and finish [thicker, healthier edges]. Below is my 10 Step Guide on How to Grow My Edges!
How to Grow My Edges? Well I’m Glad You Asked!
1. Don’t relax your edges every touch-up.
Edges are fragile and grow at a slower rate than the length of our hair. Therefore, relaxing your edges with every touch-up can over process them, causing them to get weaker and thinner over time. Relaxing your edges every other touch-up or every 6 months gives them rest and ample time to become stronger and healthier.Got thinning edges? Try relaxing them every other touch-up to help them thicken. Click To Tweet
2. Apply oils that awaken follicles a few times per week.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Emu Oil are known to thicken and stimulate growth and are great oils to use although you can use any oil that stimulates the scalp to promote growth.Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Emu Oil are known to thicken and stimulate growth. Great for edges! Click To Tweet
3. Add peppermint oil to your favorite oil or oil blend.
Enhance your favorite scalp oil by adding in a few drops of peppermint oil to help stimulate the scalp to promote growth. Word of Caution: Peppermint oil is strong and can irritate the scalp so less is more.
4. Scalp massage for 3-5 minutes.
Scalp massaging for 3 – 5 minutes several times per week will stimulate blood flow in the scalp to promote growth. If you can find the time to scalp massage daily, that would be even better!Did you know scalp massaging stimulates blood flow in the scalp to promote hair growth? Click To Tweet
5. Avoid sharp objects on the scalp!
Just say no to pointed, sharp objects like fingernails and rattail combs. Scratching your scalp with your fingernails and using the end of a rattail comb to get to hard to reach places that itch is a no. Pointed, sharp objects can damage the scalp which may impact growth. Always use the balls of your fingers when working with your scalp to keep the scalp healthy and free of damage.
6. Avoid styles that tug or pull edges.
Stay away from styles that place tension on your edges. Examples include tight buns, updos and braids. Instead, opt for a loose, messy bun, loose french braid or a loose updo if wearing your hair up is a must.
7. Avoid product that harden edges.
Hardening gels can weaken the edges and cause them to break. Instead, opt for gels or custards that offer a soft, gentle hold.Gels that harden can break your edges. Opt for gels that offer a soft hold instead. Click To Tweet
8. No harsh brushes or tools.
Stay away from harsh brushes that tug, pull and cause tension and strain on the edges. Instead, opt for something gentle like a baby brush or soft bristle toothbrush that won’t rip out your edges.
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9. Give your edges rest with wigs or other protective styles of choice.
Wigs can be a healthy alternative for your edges if worn properly and I am proof of that. I have relied on wigs for a year+ and my edges have drastically improved. I quickly learned lace wigs are too harsh on my edges. Full cap wigs offer comfort and less friction which is healthier. Note: You can give your edges rest with other protective styles of your choice so long as they are not causing harm to your edges.
SEE ALSO: Wig Regimen to Grow Your Hair
This is yet another way I give my edges rest!
10. Be gentle, patient and consistent.
Most edges didn’t thin overnight, thus repairing them won’t happen overnight either. I patiently and consistently followed every step of this 10 Step Guide on How to Grow My Edges and my edges improved over time. If following all of these steps seems impossible, perhaps pick one or two recommendations that you can easily implement and track your progress. Do report back as I’d love to hear how this guide has helped you.
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