Hair loss is a very common problem. It may lead to a lot of embarrassment and stress. The medical term for hair loss is ALOPECIA.
In the year 2017, one of my goals was to regrow my edges, and thanks be to God- the situation with my edges is now under control 💃 💃 . I regrew my edges and I want to help you regrow yours.
Hair loss could be due to
- Reduced hair growth
Some types of hair loss include:
- Traction Alopecia
This is hair loss caused by excessive manipulation of the hair. Excessive manipulation leads to hair loss. This can be due to tight hairstyles or manipulation from woolly scarves, hair nets, even bonnets. It can even be caused by detangling your hair too roughly too frequently.
This can also be known as “Hand in Hair Syndrome”. It is a type of hair loss caused by constantly habitually pulling or twisting your hair. It’s often done unconsciously, and you need to make a conscious effort to stop it.
- Androgenic Alopecia
This is a form of baldness primarily caused by genetics. It can occur in both males and females. It is caused by the increased production of a male hormone(testosterone). Nothing you can do can cause this, it is predetermined.
Other causes of hair loss include :
Hair loss may also be a part of the aging process.
A lot of the time, we may forget to moisturize our edges when moisturizing. Your edges need moisture too girl!
- Undergoing surgery or taking some medication
Hair loss could be a side effect of surgery or drugs. This type of hair loss usually corrects itself after a while.
We really may not be able to do much about many of the causes of alopecia, however some factors are within our control e.g Traction alopecia(due to manipulation or tight hairstyles).
5 STEPS TO REGROW YOUR EDGES
Now that we know why you’re losing your edges, what can you do about it? Basically, you need to employ good hair practices specifically to your edges.
1. Stop the manipulation
Hairstyles should be firm, not tight. Don’t let hairdressers convince you to allow them make your hair tight so that it will be neat.
Remember that it’s only those that have hair left that can make fine hair oh.
Scarves and headbands may lie on your edges and rub on them. The friction caused by this can lead to hair loss also. Before using a cotton or wool scarf, use a silk or satin scarf or bonnet first to protect your edges and even your hair.
Remember that it’s only those that have hair left that can make fine hair oh!
2. Massage with growth stimulating oil weekly
NOTE: Warming the oil is optional. Make sure the oil is warm not hot ooo🤷 (Please don’t fry your scalp).
Massage your scalp gently with the growth stimulating oil for 5-10 minutes.
Some growth stimulating oils include peppermint oil, tea tree oil, castor oil, lavender oil, coconut oil, olive oil, argan oil, neem oil, jojoba oil, etc.
This is probably the most important step. Scalp massages truly work wonders. It helped me grow out my edges and it can help you too. As with any other treatment, consistency is key 👌.
3. Moisturize, moisturize and give it even more moisture
When moisturizing your hair, don’t forget your edges. Moisturize your edges daily and seal with a growth stimulating oil.
Also, don’t forget to deep condition your edges too.
4. Cover your hair (and edges) with a silk or satin scarf when sleeping
In this article, check out reason number 4. You’ll be surprised at how much damage your hair nets are doing to your hair and edges.
5. Keep away from tight hairstyles that pull on your edges
I’ve said this before, but I feel the need to reemphasise. If the hairstyle is too tight, please take it out before it’s too late.
Sisters, sisters!!! Say no to tight hairstyles. Instead of making hairstyles that pull on your edges, start with your hair(brush).
If all else fails, see a dermatologist
A dermatologist is a well trained doctor who can diagnose and help to treat the alopecia, especially if it is caused by factors beyond our control.