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Best Tips on How To Protect Your Edges & Keep Them Healthy!

“I’m about to lay these edges down real quick”, many women say this! But if you don’t take care of those precious edges, there won’t be anything to lay down! So many of us want to keep our hair done at all times while forgetting how important it is to still take care of your hair in between styles.

From conditioning your hair to keeping your ends clipped and even protecting your edges, it’s all a crucial part of having healthy hair. Some people don’t realize it, but the ends of your hair and your edges are the most sensitive!

So follow below as I discuss several ways on how you can keep laying those edges down!

Inversion Method

This is an ancient remedy for natural hair growth that’s pretty simple. It’s a process in which you apply natural oils to your scalp, massage it in, and then flip your head upside down for four to five minutes.

The blood flow going to your head aids in promoting hair growth by stimulating the hair follicles. This could be essential if you’re trying to grow your edges back from being damaged.

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Natural Oils

In addition to the inversion method, the natural oils that are used are crucial. First, making sure they are 100% natural is key.

A lot of may say ‘essential oil’ but beware; this is not the kind you want. A lot of the fake oils will have that title and will have a very inexpensive price tag on it. Look for ‘pure essential oils’ or any that come in a black glass jar.

Some of the best oils to purchase for the massage portion are rosemary, jojoba, castor, and cedarwood oil. All of these oils help stimulate hair follicles. Even if you’re not up for putting your head upside down, spend about 10 minutes massaging this oil all over your head. Focus more so on problem areas, such as your edges. Do this a few times a week and I guarantee you will begin to see a difference.

P.S.- Take before and after pictures so you can track your journey and have something to be proud about.

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Silk Scarfs

What takes place throughout the night is just as important as what you do to prepare for bed. What are you wrapping your hair with or are you even wrapping at all?

If you’re doing all you can to take better care of your hair, when you go to bed you want to continue that process. Wearing a silk scarf is the best thing you can do.

Most of us were taught that cotton is our best friend, and while it probably is, that’s not the case when it comes to your hair. Cotton will soak all that oil and moisture right out of your hair. Leaving it dry and brittle. A silk scarf won’t do that. It will lock in shine and moisture.

Most women wear cotton scarfs, and when they tie the knot, it’s in the front. This is putting more pressure on your edges, and it’s taking the moisture out. Protecting your edges at night means wearing a silk scarf and secure from the back.

Also, if you don’t want anything on your hair, you can invest in a silk pillowcase! It works the same way as the scarf.

Leave Your Edges Alone

Yes, sometimes leave your edges alone! Like, just don’t touch them, at all.

Taking the stress off of your edges is very important. Some don’t realize all the stress we’re adding to our edges when we’re getting our hair done every other week. If you’re someone who enjoys wearing extensions, try taking a break from them for a few weeks. Or if you wear your natural hair, try doing low maintenance hairstyles like low ponytails or just letting your hair flow in the wind.

Sometimes, your hair just needs a break.

Also, leaving your edges alone also means, when getting extension braids or a weave, leave your edges out! That’s right, tell the stylist not to touch them. Once your hair is done, utilize edge control or some oil based edge style. It’s not necessary for them to be in all styles.

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Speak Up!

“When you see something, say something” but in this case when you see you’re edges aren’t in sight, speak up! Remember, you’re the one who has to pay the hair stylist to make sure you’re paying for great quality. If the stylist has your eyes pulled all the way back after getting it done, then you’re in trouble.

Some stylist is careful with your hair and others aren’t. Which is why it starts with you, first! Don’t be scared to speak up and tell them you don’t want your edges touched. Don’t be afraid to tell them there’s too much tension on your edges. Shoot, don’t be afraid to tell them you don’t like the style!

It’s important to make sure you take the time to invest in a good hairstylist. Do your research on their background and talk to their current customers. You want someone who will help educate you and take care of your hair the right way. Otherwise, your edges will be broken off, and hair will be damaged. Whatever you do, just always speak up.

Your edges are so tender and delicate you want to make sure you’re doing everything in your power to protect them.

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Quick Tip

If you put relaxers in your hair, apply the relaxer to your edges last. Remembering that your edges are really sensitive, so apply the relaxer right before rinsing the formula out.

Onion Deep conditioner

After reading this article, you should have more ways to protect your edges. Too many of us are giving up on the care of our hair. Some feel like once their edges are damaged, there’s no returning from it, but there is! It all starts with what you want to do about it.

I once saw that someone created edges that you could buy. I thought that was the strangest thing ever, but to some, it isn’t. I’m here to tell you that, you don’t have to go that route.

Remember, what you pour into, will always grow. Will it happen overnight? No. But remain consistent and have patience in the process, you’ll thank yourself one day.

Let us know some of your tips to protecting your edges. We’d love to hear from you below!

About Brit Tea

Brit Tea is an American Author. She has written two books so far and isa copy/content writer as well. She believes words can change the world.

10 thoughts on “Best Tips on How To Protect Your Edges & Keep Them Healthy!

  1. Ivona says:

    Great info! I feel like too often do we get caught up in the beauty of a hairstyle and we forget about our natural hair underneath. With the trends of baby hair and the rave of all the new gels and edge control, I always remind people that what works for someone else isn’t going to always work for you. One thing that has always worked for me is using a little bit of black castor oil on my edges at night and tying them down with a silk scarf. Wild growth Oil is also a good one that helped my hair grow underneath my weaves.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Heyy Ivona! I totally agree with you! Many of us forget just how important our own natural hair is. Self-care should always be number one. Thanks so much for supporting us!

  2. Khloe' says:

    These are great tips I oil my edges daily and I sleep in a silk scarf. I don’t let my stylist include my edges in my installs nor do I put any heat on my edges EVER!

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hi Khloe! Yes, that’s right! Continue to let your stylist know about your edges! It’s so important to speak up on things you want! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  3. Melissa Brown says:

    Great Article! That is so true that we have to speak up when it comes down to our hair and edges. I have learned that braids are not always good for my edges so now I rarely get braids. I have used castor oil before, but not the other oils you mentioned above. I usually wear silk scarfs, but sometimes I tie my hair down with the cotton ones. Now that I know that cotton dries your hair out I will only be using silk scarfs. I really enjoyed this article.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey Melissa! Correct, cotton is not good! I’m so glad you were able to take something away from this article! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  4. Jo L. Hampton says:

    This article reminded me of how much I have been slacking on my natural hair…I have been natural for 8 years now but I am the type that loves to keep my hair done & I love to switch it up every few weeks! With that being said, I know that I sometimes neglect my natural hair, even though I know what to do to take care of it. I think that is just an example of us getting caught up in making sure our hair is done & looking good on the outside, but not thinking about the foundation…which is actually is the MOST important!

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey There Jo! Yes, you nailed it! Another comment above mentioned that very same thing! Sometimes we get so caught up without beauty that we forget about our own natural hair…which is our foundation and MOST important! Thanks so much for supporting us!

  5. Sha’Keisha says:

    I agree with this article in its entirety. A few wise naturalists told me that the best thing you can do for your edges is nothing at all. Leave them be!
    I stopped wearing braids because of the excessive strain it put on my edges. I was so ashamed to wear my natural hair out. During my hair journey back to health, I began wearing sew ins as my protective style but I would always leave my edges out.
    To grow my edges back & care for them, I would do scalp massages 3x/week with Wild Growth Oil (love this stuff). I also became a true advocate for deep conditioning.

    1. Brit Tea says:

      Hey Sha’Keisha! Yes, I agree! The best thing to do with your edges is nothing at all! It’s the most sensitive area of our hair. Another comment mentioned Wild Growth too! I used it years ago, very good product! Thanks so much for supporting us!

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