Getting Back to The Basics of haircare
It’s 2018, and growing edges back is still a thing. Many people can control it but do nothing about it, and there’s some who have a harder time with it but have no direction.
Edges are the first thing people see when they are looking at your hair. Some people feel as if having no edges can make or break a hairstyle too.
Whether you have thin edges or if all of your edges are gone, it can be tough depending on how you handle your situation. But always remember, no matter how bad they might look, you’re still beautiful.
When it comes to growing out your edges, there are several different things you can do. But the common denominator for all of them is going to be consistency. Consistency is key in making sure you see results, regardless of what you’re doing. because what’s on the inside counts.
If you try a new remedy for a week or so and give up because you didn’t see any results, then that’s your fault. Of course, you wouldn’t see the results, because you gave up too soon. If you follow through with something for at least 30 days, you’re more likely to see improvement.
Continue reading as I go through some tips and tricks for growing your edges back!
Scalp Needs to Breathe
If you want to grow your edges back, you must allow your scalp to breathe.
No, I don’t mean rock your favorite braids all summer either. I mean you have to leave your natural hair alone so it can conform to its natural state again so it can perform properly. Too many of us think we’re going to grow our edges back out while still abiding by old hair routines.
If you want to achieve something you never had, you must do something you have never done before.
If you always wear hair extensions, apply glue to your edges, and wear braids, you’re constantly weighing your hair and edges down. You have to let your hair out and retrain it, essentially. Once your hair is out, begin to create a hair regimen.
Your regimen should consist of a shampoo and conditioner routine that will occur on a certain day of the week. You should perform a good deep conditioner to your hair weekly as well along with purchasing natural oils. It’s going to be important that you begin to nurture your hair all over again.
Creating a regimen such as the one I mentioned is going to help your edges as well. If one part of your hair is messed up, the whole thing is too, for the most part.
If you need to repair your edges, you must also repair all of your hair so everything can be in one accord.
The reason you’re growing your edges out is that they have broken off, which also means during that process, it was also dry.
Moisturizing your edges has the same effect as watering a dry plant. If you do nothing to it, it won’t grow and flourish. You want your edges to flourish the best they can.
Below I’ll go through a few tips on how to keep your edges moisturized.
Use Natural Oils
When it comes to repairing, you want to make sure you’re using the best products.
You wouldn’t want to apply creams or grease because those are a top base type of hair products. You will need a product that is going to penetrate the scalp that adds great benefits, like natural oils.
The best oil to use is Jamaican Black Castor Oil. This oil is super thick, powerful and will do amazing things to your edges. Because it’s high in vitamin E and has Omega 6 fatty acids, it’s the best hair treatment on the market.
Vitamin E is a thickening agent and helps promote hair growth by repairing hair follicles. So even if you have edges, but they’re thin, this product would still be great. The omega-six fatty acids also support hair growth and is an anti-inflammatory.
Therefore if your edges are used to tension, then you’re going to want a product that will help in soothing it.
Massage Your Edges
Once you get yourself a bottle of Jamaican black castor oil, three times a week, massage your edges for about 15 minutes.
Incorporating massaging techniques to your regimen will stimulate your hair follicles. When you begin to jump-start the blood flow in your hairline, if done consistently, you will start to see an improvement. Another great oil to use while your massaging your edges is peppermint oil and cinnamon oil.
Both of those ingredients provide a cooling sensation, also known as “tingling” that jump-starts the blood flow to the hair follicles.
Have Protection at Night
There’s no way you can be on the road to recovery, only during the daytime! Protecting your edges at night is crucial.
Many of us aren’t aware, but sleeping on a cotton pillowcase can break our edges, and dry them out, along with our hair. The cotton material acts like a sponge and will soak all the moisture out from your hair. So you have two options; purchase a silk hair scarf (or bonnet) or purchase a silk pillowcase. Whichever option you decide on, just make sure it’s a silk decision!
When you’re wearing a scarf or bonnet, you also want to make sure it’s secured. I know some people, including myself, are wild sleepers and scarfs fall off.
But that’s something that we can control, so it’s important to purchase a good scarf that will ensure it won’t fall off at night.
Use Strengthening and Protein Products
Another way to grow your edges is by using repairing products. Using strengthening and protein products, specifically deep conditioners, is going to be your gateway to beautiful edges.
Below will be a list of the best products to use:
- Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Grow and Restore Edge Treatment
- The Mane Choice Growth Stimulating Edge Control (not a deep conditioner)
- Cantu Shea Butter Grow Strong Strengthening Treatment
- Mizani Intense Strengthening Treatment
- Eden All Natural Temple Balm
The above products that are listed are going to help strengthen your hair as it grows in. All of these products are deep conditioners except the Eden and The Mane Choice products.
Those two products will still strengthen and protect your hair but as a top coat barrier.
When using the deep conditioners, be sure to apply the product after you wash your wash. Use a generous amount, especially on your edges and cover your hair with a plastic cap and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
This conditioning step will ensure your edges and hair gets the proper nutrients and make sure that your hair gets penetrated.
Visit a Doctor
There are times when people try everything they can think of to grow their edges back, and they still see no results.
The reason for that is because there’s a deeper issue at hand. Most times if you don't see any improvements, that’s because the hair follicle bulb might be gone. The bulb is a section that’s connected to the follicle, and if it’s broken, then you could stop your hair growth. A clear sign this has happened to you is if your edge area is completely smooth with no hair stubble.
The best thing for someone to do in this situation would be to visit their primary doctor to go over further details and treatments. You always want to act fast if you’re going through this issue because you don’t want to prolong the process and mess your edges up to more.
Once you have done all that you could to help begin the journey in having healthy edges, there’s one last step you must follow.
While you’re growing back your edges, stay far away from any styles that cause tension. No extensions, no braids, no tight ponytails, etc. You don’t want to offset all the good you’ve done. You will need to research hairstyles that will still look nice, without pulling on your edges.
Try wearing your hair down loose, wear low ponytails, and use soft rollers if you want curls. Your styles don’t have to be boring just because it's not tight!
Now Grow in Peace
As I mentioned earlier, to see great improvements, you must stay consistent.
Remember to create your regimen and keep it on a weekly basis. Make sure you massage your edges and scalp several times a week too. Don’t ever let someone tell you that it's impossible to grow your edges back out. It’s possible if you continue doing what you need to do to see results.
Are you someone whose edges have broken off but they are now repaired? If so, let me know in the comment section what steps you took to repair them!