Is your hairline thinning out? You’re not alone. Hair loss along the edges or hair loss in general is a very common beauty problem. Our hair is a unique part of our identity and in a society where beauty and physical appearance are literally worshipped, losing your hairline or edges can be pretty daunting and can even cause emotional trauma.
Now, hair loss can be hereditary, in fact this is a common reason and it is caused by some combination of genetics, hormone levels and the aging process. But apart from our genes, there are many factors that can cause thinning edges and we’re going to take a look at the most common ones.
1. Tight hairstyles
It’s crazy how we let hairstylists pull our precious hair into the tightest braids, weaves, buns and even locs because we want our hair to look perfectly smooth, neat and ‘last long’. Yes, we pay a lot of mula to get them done, so why not? I’ll tell you why not: it’s something called Traction alopecia, a form of alopecia, or gradual hair loss, caused primarily by pulling the hair TOO TIGHT. Sometimes the hair extensions we use are so heavy they pull our hair down so much the edges are quick to give way. I’ve seen tight cornrows and weaves installed with glue, peel right off the scalp and of course they leave with the edges. We need to stop it.
2. Hair Products and Chemicals
Relaxing and dyeing the hair frequently are also culprits. They can cause gradual hair loss that’s likely to start at the hairlines. Constant application of these harsh chemicals will make the hair weak and thinned out. Let’s not forget some shampoos, hair creams and treatments also contain harsh ingredients and chemicals that are no good for the hair. Try to use natural and organic hair products or make sure your hair products do not contain ingredients like drying alcohols, petrolatum or mineral oil that can cause damage to our hair and scalp. Here’s a comprehensive list of ingredients to avoid in our hair products.
Now this is a little out of our control or maybe even a lot. Many women experience hair loss or thinning edges either during pregnancy or within a few months of delivery. It can be caused by the crazy hormonal changes, stress on the body, or medical conditions that come with pregnancy, conditions like Iron deficiency. Postpartum hair loss is an excessive hair shedding that’s caused by a drop in the hormone estrogen after birth.
This usually resolves on its own without needing treatment.
A lot of things can cause friction on our edges. Our bonnets, wigs, hats, scarves, headbands or whatever it us we use to cover or hold down our hair can cause friction if they’re too tight around the hairline. Most of these accessories have elastic bands that pull on our edges. Avoid them at all costs. Use satin bonnets that are lined with satin and gentle on the hair. Swap your cotton pillowcases for satin pillowcases too.
5. Over styling
Many ladies take down hairstyles after a week and install new ones on the spot and they do this every week. Even naturalistas make this mistake. You want to show off a new style every week, every day. Stop it. Yes, you’ll look nice and pretty but you might be losing lots of hair. Your hair needs rest, stop stressing it out, it needs to breathe too. Applying edge control gels and brushing frequently will do more harm than good to your hair. We don’t need to force or manipulate baby hair on our edges all the time, leave them for the actual babies. If only hair could talk.
If you are suffering hair loss right now, you can nurse your edges back to health over time. Just know there’s no overnight solution to a lost hairline so you’ll be needing a lot of patience and consistency.
Take a break from braids, cornrows, wig frontals, and other hairstyles that apply too much pressure on the hair and scalp.
Stop brushing or combing excessively or you’ll be pulling more and more strands.
Massage your scalp with stimulating oils and butters like peppermint, olive, castor, shea butter and vitamin E. They will stimulate your follicles, promote blood circulation, help strengthen and thicken your strands.
You can also see a hair specialist who might recommend supplements and other products that will help your edges come back.
Other reasons why you may be experiencing hair loss include a poor diet, medical issues, drastic weight loss or severe scalp conditions.
Have you ever experienced damaged edges? How did you deal with it? Let us know in the comment box below.