When it comes to hair, it’s the million dollar question: Are your edges full and healthy OR is your hairline pulling a disappearing act? After all, can you be happy and confident with your hair if your hairline is running away from your face?! Having no edges not only compromises the overall appearance of your hair, but it can also drastically limit your styling options and lead to further hair damage. However, despite the importance of edges, we’ve all seen them – photo after photo of celebrities who seem to have lost all or most of the hair in their hairline.
How on earth does this happen? And if it can happen to people with such wealth and access to top notch styling resources, then does anyone stand a chance? The truth is whether it’s celebrities or everyday folks like you and me, women and men alike can easily find themselves with a runaway hairline. In this blog we discuss the leading causes of thinning edges, and the concrete steps you can take today to reverse the damage and have a thick, healthy hairline once more.
Leading Causes of Thinning Edges
Tension From Protective Styling
One of the quickest ways people destroy their hairlines is through protective styling. Protective styling is supposed to do just that: protect your hair! However, weaves, ponytails, box braids, twists and other styles that are sometimes worn for months at a time can be a source of constant tension and strain on your hair, especially the delicate strands around the perimeter. While it can be tempting to wear one protective style after another, if not done with caution, this choice can lead to severe breakage and a condition known as traction alopecia – gradual hair loss by pulling force being applied to the hair.
Believe it or not, some seemingly harmless products we incorporate into our daily routines can be yet another powerful cause of weak and thinning edges. When it comes to product choices, it’s not just the obvious products – such as chemical peroxides, dyes, chemical relaxers and texturizers – that we must use with caution. Many hold products, such as gels, hair sprays and edge control, contain less harsh agents, but their properties can still cause some serious damage to the edges. In recent years there’s been a steep rise in the popularity of sulfate free shampoos because people have now come to understand how severely sulfates can weaken and dry out the hair. Gels and edge controls contain some of those same harmful sulfates as well as drying alcohols that can compromise your hair when used consistently.
Aging & Hormonal Changes
A receding hairline can start to develop in people as a natural part of aging – though this is more so the case for men as compared to women. The key for men would be to ensure that this process does not commence prematurely or to combat it aggressively in its early stages. For women, hair tends to thin all over the scalp as opposed to the hairline receding, however hormonal changes can wreak havoc on the perimeter. Countless women experience the horror of losing substantial amounts of hair in the front surrounding pregnancies or menopause
So what can you do right now to regrow edges and protect them from future damage?
A full and healthy hairline is as easy as 1, 2, 3..
1. Regrow & Thicken Your Edges ASAP
Regenerexx Follicle Stimulator is a concentrated serum made with natural and plant based ingredients that can help you get the hairline you want quickly. This ultra-concentrated serum provides anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory benefits at the scalp, stimulates growth at the hair follicle and drastically thickens hair. It contains no sulfates, phalates, parabens, dyes, mineral oil or other fillers that can clog the pores and stifle growth. Instead, Regenerexx uses real ingredients and delivers real results. Use a small amount a few times a week to achieve full healthy edges and noticeably thicker hair.
2. Use Protective Styling Wisely
Protective styling can be a fantastic and effective part of your hair care regimen, but you’ve got to use it wisely. The health of your hair must be your number one priority – more important than convenience or achieving a certain style or “look.”
- Avoid wearing sew ins, braids/twists or other extensions for more than 8 weeks at a time, if possible. Taking protective styles down after 2 months will give you a chance to gain full access to your scalp and give you hair, and most importantly your edges a chance to breathe!
- Rely on a stylist you can trust has the skills to give you the style you desire while protecting your hair. When it comes to hair, sometimes you get what you pay for. A super cheap “quick weave” isn’t worth it if you’re left with no edges afterward. Take a little extra time to find an affordable but still experienced stylist who takes pride in helping clients maintain healthy hair. Your edges will thank you for it.
3. Adjust Your Daily Routine to Protect Your Edges
Product substitutions are super important when it comes to protecting your edges. Natural gels like flaxseed gel and aloe vera gel, can still help you achieved a sleek and polished finished look, but without the harsh drying chemicals of other hold products. Take a look at the products you use currently, and consider making some swaps. Nighttime routines should incorporate silk not satin scarves and bonnets, and avoid cotton pillow cases and clothing that can snag your hair, cause friction and increase dryness.
By: Jessica Landry