Having sensitive areas where your natural hair breaks off easily can be a big problem for naturals. Everyone has sensitive areas that need extra TLC, and mine include the edges of my hairline. It can be frustrating and confusing to see other areas of your natural strands growing to victory; meanwhile, fragile areas are breaking off. Just like your relaxed hair, your natural hair is not going to be perfect, this is all apart of the experience. Don’t worry there are solutions to getting those edges or other problem areas growing again. Lets take a look.
Hair Care Regimen
Are you checking your regular hair care regimen to see if you are maintaining the maximum amount moisture in your hair? Are you deep conditioning on a regular basis? What about protein treatments every 6-8 weeks?? Are you making sure that the styles, or accessories you are choosing wear are not putting too much tension on your hairline? Are you using hair tools too much? All of these can be reasons why your hairline is breaking.
If you said yes to any of the above questions and still are having issues regarding breakage, lets see what the problem could be. Generally all areas are your hair require a different amount of moisture and/or approach to remain healthy. This means that each part of your hair needs different methods to maintain growth. The edges of your hairline for some people is the most sensitive part because they are often pulled on when styling, conditioning, or washing.
Source: BeautiFroHair (Youtube)
Traction Alopecia is hair loss specifically, hair loss around the edges or temples of your hair, due to repetitive or persistent pulling or traction on hair roots. There are many styles that can cause damage to your edges including ponytails.Growing up I almost, always wore my hair too tight, especially in high school because I played sports, so putting my hair up in a ponytail or a low bun was my go-to style. This caused a bit of traction alopecia. Buns and tight braids can also pull hard enough on hairs to make them fall out. If this happens it’s best to choose hairstyles that put less tension on hair, because the result can cause permanent damage. The sooner this is done, the better. (Source) Do not get me wrong, protective styles are great! I wear them all the time, but who has experienced their protective style (braids) were so tight that you could not move the top of your forehead?
lol I have experienced this more time than once because my “stylist” (no shade) wanted to make my hair look nice, so they would pull and smooth my edges. But I most definitely did it on my own as well.
Disclaimer: Just these elements alone will not regrow your hair, continue using your healthy hair care regimen including washing/cowashing, deep conditioning, protein treatments, etc.
Castor Oil is a wonderful carrier oil specifically Jamaican Black Castor Oil, aims to restore strength and resilence to brittle b-r-o-k-e-n hair. It is typically used in aiding and regrowing the hairline as well as other broken areas of your hair. Apply oil to the edges or broken area of your hair nightly (gently massage).
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary oil is a great essential oil that stimulates the hair follicles ultimately stopping any hair loss. This oil has a strong smell, but is beneficial in helping stimulate blood circulation in the broken area. Apply nightly and gently massage.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Unlike rosemary oil, peppermint essential oil has a great smell to it. This oil stimulates your hair follicles and clears the pores of your scalp allowing for hair loss to decrease and moisture to be absorbed.
Warning: if used too often your scalp can become inflamed. So it is important to dilute peppermint oil with liquids (water) or other essential oils. Be mindful in using only a few drops during different applications because peppermint essential oil can also cause headaches.
Other causes of hair loss around your edges and/or temples:
- male/female patterned baldness.
What do you do to help grow your edges?