There is a lot of talk about “edges” in the black hair community. The term refers to the outer front perimeter of your hair just to clarify. They are delicate, they are sacred and they are important.
Too many black women have experienced what experts like to officially call traction alopecia. We have seen celebrities like Tamar Braxton become the target of mean memes, hair articles, and Internet bullying because she, essentially, lost her edges. Traction alopecia is a fancy way to describe the situation, which usually happens due to excessive or forceful pulling. It occurs too often and the main hairstyle culprits responsible for the condition are extremely tight braids and lace front wigs.
Regardless of how you may have lost your edges, the good news is there are steps you can take to stop traction alopecia and even regrow your hair. Here are some tips to guide you along the way.
Stop the Madness
Whatever it is that is causing the issue, stop it at once. That means take out the braids, lay off the corn rolls and stop wearing the lace front wigs that you glue to your head. You have to put things in perspective. Losing your edges is a serious issue from which some people don’t ever recover. You have to decide that what’s causing the loss is less important than gaining control of the problem. Stop the madness. Now!
Add the Moisture
You want to stimulate growth in the area of loss by rubbing a hair repairing oil on it to help get the process going. And remember just that -it is a process. While losing your edges may have been quick or sudden, that will more than likely not be the case as you aim to grow them back to a healthy state.
Pack The Protein
Some women don’t get enough protein into their hair. As mentioned above, stimulating growth is key to getting the results you want and protein is a great way of achieving that goal. A light treatment mixed with some essential oils or your favorite oil that you can work into your hair by massaging is an excellent combination. You can use something like Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque or black castor oil, the latter of which countless women swear by.
Take Your Vitamins
If you have never really been one for taking hair vitamins, this may be the time to consider the trendy practice. There are all kinds of products you can take that are formulated to help in hair growth. From pills that contain ingredients known for strengthening hair to taking specific vitamins like biotin, you have options. The great thing about it too, is that your hair is not the only part of your body to benefit if you do decide to go this route. You will see a difference in your skin and nails as well.
Relieve the Stress
After you have realized the reason for your traction alopecia (and done away with it) relieve your hair of any other stress that can hinder the re-growth process. This can be heating tools, harsh shampoos, damaging styling products and definitely hairstyles. During this time, you are going to have to be creative in how you deal with your hair but remember it will be worth it in the end.
All is not lost if you experience traction alopecia. It can be heart wrenching and traumatizing but don’t lose hope. It takes a lot of effort, patience and time but it can happen. Use these tips and you will be in a much better place.