Don’t Punish Your Hair: How To Alleviate Stress On Our Edges

May 31, 2012  |  

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A lot of hairstyles these days can cause a lot of stress on our edges. Braids, cornrows, twists, weaves, they all involve pulling of the hair. These hairstyles make us look and feel great, but can be detrimental to our hair. I’m sure we have all seen the pictures of Naomi Campbell or other celebrities with bad edges. Those celebrities are constantly stressing their hair out because they are getting several different styles so soon – one behind the other.

Here are some helpful ways we can be careful and avoid stressing our edges:

When you are getting braids, hold the braid while the stylist is braiding. They need the tension to braid down so to prevent your edges from coming out, hold the braid at the root so there is no stress on the edge.

When you get extensions, leave your edges out. It’s the most delicate part of your hair so don’t stress out the edges. Leave just a small amount out and if you have a straight weave, use a heat protection polisher to keep your tresses safe and frizz free.

When you are straightening your hair, don’t use a pressing comb or get too close with your flat iron. We know you want perfect edges but think about having no edges! Instead, use a product that lays down your edges. Preserve your straightened hair with a silk scarf at night.

If you get cornrows or weaves frequently, give your hair a break in between. Don’t take a set of braids out and then an hour later put another layer of stress on it. Give your hair at least a one week break. Deep condition it with a deep conditioning masque.

 Try these tips out next time you do a style that may stress out your edges.

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