Edges, baby hairs, ‘naps’ – oh my! Whatever you call them, we all have those small hairs around the perimeter of our faces. If you find that your hairline is thinning, you’re not alone. Here are 5 tips for growing happy and healthy edges:
- Treat While You Tame
Too often, edge control formulas contain alcohol that dries out the hair and can lead to breakage. Swoop™ is the solution to this problem. Unlike other edge controls on the market, Swoop™ is alcohol-free. It nourishes the hair and scalp while keeping any style in place. It’s enriched with pro-vitamin B5, beet sugar extract, and a custom blend of growth-enhancing essential oils that make it smell amazing (all while helping your hair and scalp)!
- Give your hair a break!
According to an article from the New York Times, traction alopecia is the most common form of hair loss in the Black community. It’s caused by the inflammation of follicles when hair is pulled too tightly. Hair loss can be caused by the tension that protective styles, such as braids and wigs, have on the hairline.
Rocking these styles can be done safely and won’t always be the direct cause of hair loss. Too much tension, however, can cause your scalp to become inflamed and your hair to break. Oftentimes, people keep using extensions to camouflage the hair loss, but it’s only continuing the cycle. That being said, give your hair a break! One tip is to ask your stylist to leave your edges out of the braids!
A less permanent form of damage, breakage can ensue when the delicate strands at the hairline are overstyled and manipulated. Let your edges be natural (i.e. not slicked down and shaped with edge control) at least 70% of the time. For those wanting to pamper their edges and support healthy growth, styled edges should be a special occasion, rather than an everyday look.
- Scalp Care
Strong and healthy hair starts at the root. Scalp Therapy™ is a natural treatment for dry and troubled scalps that nourishes growth and promotes health by supporting moisture and circulation. When paired with a scalp massage and a gentle styling regimen, it can help to reverse thinning edges.
Scalp Therapy is made with Australian Blue Cypress and Andiroba Oil, both ancient and powerful remedies for dryness and inflammation. It also has a cooling tingle you can use anytime to refresh your scalp and treat yourself.
- Protect your edges while you sleep
Friction is another cause of breakage. Wearing a bonnet or using a silk pillowcase are both great ways to decrease the friction that your hair encounters from your pillow while you’re sleeping. They also help to minimize frizz and retain moisture. If you use a scarf to wrap your hair at night, be sure that it’s secured on your forehead and not your edges.
- Deep condition!
Regularly deep conditioning your hair promotes strong growth. We recommend using the Intense Quench™ Deep Conditioner. It’s silicone-free and helps to heal your hair from the inside out. Keeping your hair hydrated is a key step in preventing breakage and Intense Quench™ does just that.