5 Ways To Get Those Missing Edges Back

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December 11, 2013 ‐ By Meghan Reid

Whether your hair is natural or relaxed, making sure it’s healthy is what’s important. We’ve all seen women with missing edges, thinning edges, or receding edges, dry hair, or completely damaged tresses — all of which remind us we need to be a bit more diligent in our own hair care routines.

Healthy hair is achievable with proper maintenance and by using products that work for your texture and needs. Excessive heat is never good and neither is over manipulation. If you’re hair is in a state of shock, don’t fret! There are ways to transform dry hair that is prone to breakage and protect and regrow thinning edges.

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Chill on the weaves

Weaves can be your best friend or your worst enemy if you don’t learn to take breaks. A sew-in is a beautiful style, but rocking sew-ins all year round can strain your hairline causing missing edges. Ask your stylist about different techniques that can be done to save your hairline. For example, tiny cornrows may not be best if your hair is already thin, or maybe a net should be used instead of sewing directly into your braids.

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  • XkwizitLeigh Teardrop

    before cancer I tried it all.. after a year bald as Michael Jordan I gotta say I have a whole new respect for my hair. 2 years cancer-free my hair is now growing back crazy as hell but Natural is definitely the way for me. My edges havent come back in yet and its growing faster on the top and sides than in the back. So I rocked a little afro, then was able to dress it up with accessories (headbands, one side clipped back etc) until the back was long enough to braid. Now I have box braids but completely avoided trying to pull the lil fuzz on my edges in. I keep the braids in a lose ponytail and tie up with a satin scarf at night. I lightly oil my scalp and edges & when possible I let the ponytail go free. Once my hair has grown out more Ill rock 2 strand twists until Im ready to let it dread up. Any advice for me?

  • Th3bask3t

    Natural Hair is the way to go .. Chemicals are not good at all .. Weaves tend to pull out more hair than it’s grown … I suggest Growing it out naturally … When it gets long enough .. Braid it in Cornrows .. .

    • LoveBug

      Now, if we could just get folks to think this way about the foods we put in our bodies.

  • Snow

    I think it would’ve made more sense to have Naomi Campbell’s photo instead of Tyra’s on that last slide…Ijs

  • LK

    Castor Oil brought my edges back! I’m a believer.

    • marshefen

      Did you use Jamaican Black or regular?

      • Alisha21

        I use the Jamaican Black. Try it.

        • marshefen

          Thanks.

        • Danielle

          I’ve been looking for something for my baby’s hair. She has scalp eczema and scratched it all out. Would this be too strong for a 2 year old?

          • Alisha21

            Honestly, I would not know. Perhaps you need something to soothe her itching, have you looked into coconut oil based products?

            • Danielle

              Thanks Yall

          • XkwizitLeigh Teardrop

            I would agree with Alisha.. you definitely want to find something that will soothe her little scalp. Eucerin & Aveeno products worked well for the lil girls in my family.

    • mkc

      Where do you buy this castor oil?

      • Kristen

        Any beauty supply.

        • shortee4

          How do u mix it? In another container?

  • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

    Traction alopecia! There are no ointments or oils that are going to fix that. Hopefully the damage isn’t permanent but stop pulling your hair back so tight and avoid braids, cornrows, and yes even rough brushing that puts added stress on what is already fine hair. Had a friend who always tied her hair at night sounds normal right? Well she used those cheap cotton scarfs and would tie it tight around her head. Well overtime she developed a nice ring of baldness where the scarf had repeatedly dug around her edges.

    I always use a satin bonnet and just loosely bobby pin my hair in a faux wrap to keep my edges from rubbing under the bonnet. Plus it is much more comfortable and allows your scalp to breath.

  • IllyPhilly

    The title was hilarious.

  • guest

    Relaxed means treated with chemicals that can melt a soda can. How can relaxed hair be healthy?Oxymoron at its best.

    • LoveBug

      Not everyone want’s to look like a nappy headed bush baby!

      • http://www.vintageclothesretro.com/ www.vintageclothesretro.com

        it is ignorant to be ashamed of what grows naturally out of your scalp

        • LoveBug

          Just like that clownish make-up right?