Why is it that your edges or in my case, my edges, seem like they are the first to go? Especially after I had my children, it seemed impossible at times to grow them back. It seems like once I had my second child my edges didn’t grow back and he is 2 years old. Of course, I couldn’t walk around with no edges. I had to find a way and do some research to grow it back. The usual covering up method didn’t work for me but I know I was tired of looking in pictures where it was obvious that my edges needed some help. I know I’m not the only one that struggles with this. So, in my journey of getting my edges back, of course, I know this could help you out as well. Some ways that can make it easy to lose your edges are too tight of a protective style around that area, tight satin caps/bonnets, or weave glue around your edges. If you see your edges going away let’s work this out together in growing them back.
I. Taking Care of Your Edges
W.O.G (Water, Oil, Gel)
I like to do little acronyms to help me easily remember what I need to do. When styling your many times we tend to use gel. What you may forget, is that your edges need tender loving care just like the rest of your hair. First, Spray your hair with Water (W) so that it is damp you don’t want it soaked. Then place an oil, such as castor oil or a nice oil mix consisting of beneficial oils like coconut oil, almond oil, and castor oil to name a few to your hair so it can retain moisture. When your hair soaks up the moisture then you can place the gel. However, I recommend using edge control over the gel. As gel tends to have alcohol that will dry out your hair causing it to be brittle and break.
Sometimes it is easier to minimize your tools by using the same brush you use on your hair on your edges as well. However, obtaining a brush specifically for your edges is very important. If you can not find an edge brush I recommend using a soft bristle toothbrush. The work is great also! When you have a toothbrush or edge brush it makes it easier to style and lay your edges in the directed you want them to go without causing stress and breakage from bigger harder brushes. When you want your edges to stay down get your favorite satin or silk scarf to tie them down for at least 10 minutes.
Wash Product Off
When washing your hair it’s important to get the gel and product off your scalp. It can be beneficial to use a clarifying shampoo or apple cider vinegar diluted with water to really make sure you have a clean scalp. You want to make sure it’s free from products prior to applying even more products on top when you’re finished washing your hair. This will help prevent your edges from breaking off frequently.
II. Growing Back Your Edges
What’s better than a good scalp massage. Especially a scalp massage with your favorite growth oil. I actually found out that the best growth oils tend to have peppermint oil mixed with castor oil or Jamaican black castor oil. Make sure to rub your hair with your fingertips in a circular motion gently to get your blood circulating.
Styles that free your edges
Wearing styles that hold your edges back too tight will make it difficult for your edges to start growing and actually further contribute to breakage and damage to your hairline. Styles such as tight braids and weaves can easily pull your edges back. Especially with the constant brushing and manipulation of that area daily. Try styles that leave your edges alone. It’s best to have styles that can free your edges. Freeing your edges can be something like loose twists or clips in, that can give your edges a break
Sleep with the right material
Just as it’s important to take care of your hair in the daytime, it’s just as important at night. Cotton pillowcases cause breakage due to the cotton absorbing the hairs natural oils and moisture. It’s great to sleep in a satin scarf and bonnet. However, be careful not to have the scarf directly on your edges. I would recommend using a scarf around your hairline then put the bonnet over that as the elastic in the bonnet can create friction and further breakage.