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Ladies listen up, it’s time to get serious, it’s time to…..save those edges!!!
Shout out to Coco & Cream for shedding light on a very serious matter….EDGES! If this is your struggle then please read on, if it’s your sister, cousin, mother, or homegirl, then forward her this blog post ASAP!
Brought to you by Coco & Cream: The no edges struggle is real, ladies. In high school, my beautician told me tight ponytails were going to be the death of my hair but it took one too many trims that actually looked like cuts for me to get it. Now that I’ve finally managed to stop my hair from breaking off under the pressure of elastic bands I’m noticing there’s just a little something missing around the front of my head—edges.
I’m nowhere near the Naomi Campbell hairline struggle, but just like thinning ends are a sign you need a trim, when you’re edges become see-through you know it’s time to re-evaluate your hair care regimen and make sure you don’t get to the point that you’re rivaling the supermodel.
It’s much easier on your time (and your peace of mind) to get a hold on thinning edges, professionally known as traction alopecia (TA), before things get to the point that the problem can only be hidden with equally-damaging styles. A study last year found that roughly 59% of women suffer from some form of TA, which is any hair loss that comes from constant pulling or tension on the hair—therefore, I repeat: the struggle is real. If you’re serious about maintaining the life of your edges, here are a few things you need to stop doing now.
Lay off the Lacefronts
If you really want to stop thinning edges in their tracks, you’re going to have to lay off the tracks, as in weave. Lacefronts have the potential to be the least damaging of the weave catalogue if the hair is bonded past the hairline, but that’s a big if. The purpose of a lacefront is to make the hair look as real as possible which means women often put them as close to their real hairlines as possible, sometimes even shaving down the hair to achieve the natural look. That process can cause serious damage to your edges, not to mention the chemicals that are in the glue—which means it goes without saying that gluing tracks to your hair does your perimeter no favors either. Sew-ins are less damaging, only if the braids put in your real hair aren’t too tight. A half sew-in where more of the front of your hair is left out is better than doing a full weave.
If you take care of your real hair, wearing a wig can be a hair healthy alternative to weaving it up. No tension is put on the edges when you wear a wig and by taking it off at night you allow your real hair to breathe.
Break Away from the Braids
When I look at pictures from the three times in my life that I had micros, it’s no wonder I’m riding the edges struggle bus. The braider left no hair untouched and those little baby hairs, as we used to call them, at the front of your head are just too weak to endure that type of tension over and over again.
Solution: Soft braids
You don’t have to do away with braids totally but opt for looser styles like a large braid in the front that wraps around to a high bun or low chignon. The soft braid will still give your look an edge but you won’t have to pay for it with your edges.
Chill on the Chemicals
If simple hair styling can make your edges fall out, then it’s obvious chemicals—whether we’re talking straightening or coloring—are no friend to the hairline. If you relax your hair, the edges and roots are the first thing you’re gunning for in the quest for silky smooth hair but if you’re already noticing thinning, it’s time to ease up on the chemical dependency. Semi-permanent and permanent coloring can be equally damaging to already weak hair and the joys of golden blonde tresses just doesn’t compare to the pain of a receded hair line.
Solution: Keratin and Rinses
Keratin Treatments are a great way to straighten your hair without chemically compromising it—just make sure there’s no formaldehyde involved. The process—whether done at home or by a professional at a salon—leaves your hair soft, straight, and manageable for several washes after initial treatment which can help you cope with foregoing relaxers for a while until your edges thicken up.
When it comes to color, rinses are the least harsh way to go. While that may limit your color options severely, it’s better than having the front of your hairline go missing in action.
Stop the Snatchback
Nothing looks sleeker than a perfectly formed high bun or a sleek low ponytail, but all that pulling from the front does a number on your hair line in the long run. Save those styles—and the gel you use to get those edges to lay down like you do—for special occasions and try looser styles on a day to day.
Solution: Messy Bun
Messy buns are the perfect alternative to sleek snatchbacks because unlike the name implication, it actually takes some work to get the I didn’t spend too much time on this/I didn’t just roll out of my bed look. Regardless of how long it takes to get this loose updo’ to your liking, your edges will thank you in the long run for not stressing them to the point that it hurts to move your eyebrows up and down.
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