How to Revive Damaged Hair and Thinning Edges
Damaged hair and thinning edges are a part of every naturalista’s worst nightmare. But when you’re dealing with constant heat styling or over manipulating your hair, you run the risk of damaging your hair a bit easier than you would if you were wearing low manipulation hairstyles. Even if you aren’t manipulating your hair like crazy or always reaching for your Chi, damaged hair can still come about if you’re not maintaining your hair correctly.
Thinning edges are even worse because there’s no hiding it. Sparse growth in your edges can by caused by stress, postpartum hair loss (very common in African American women), or even just having a fine texture of hair.
The truth of the matter is that if you want to have healthy hair, you have to address where your hair is going wrong. Here are a few ways to recognize your hair’s woes and how to fix them:
My ends seem so thin and dry. What do I do?
Diagnosis: You’ve got split ends.
Remedy: There isn’t a way to really “fix” split ends other than to clip them. If you only need anywhere from a half an inch to a full inch chopped off, you can probably do this yourself if you have natural hair and always wear it curly. If not, go to a stylist so she can give you an even cut. In the future, make sure you stay on top of your trims so that you don’t have to cut off so much every time you go in for a trim.
My hair feels brittle and my moisturizer isn’t helping!
Diagnosis: Your hair is thirsty, you need a deep conditioner.
Rememdy: Your hair is dehydrated, essentially, and needs a good pampering session. Grab your favorite oil or deep conditioning cream and a plastic cap, and give your hair some much needed TLC. (ANGELA, LINK THE EVOO POST WHERE THE TEXT SAYS “FAVORITE OIL”. THIS WILL KEEP TRAFFIC ON YOUR SITE AND GIVE THEM ADDITIONAL INFO ON HOW TO CARE FOR THEIR HAIR.) After you deep condition, your curls should be back in tact and styling should be a breeze.
My edges are thinning and I can’t hide it anymore!
Diagnosis: You’ve got thinning edges (obviously).
Remedy: You should start to try and promote hair growth yourself. Give yourself a scalp massage on your temples with some Jamaican black castor oil. JBCO is great for promoting growth, and if you want to take it up a notch, add two to three drops of peppermint essential oil to your mix. Once you start stimulating blood flow to the area, your hair should start to slowly but surely grow back in.
My hair is stuck at shoulder length and won’t grow any longer. Help!
Diagnosis: You should probably switch up your hair regimen.
Remedy: You should probably try to focus your hair regimen on having healthy hair as opposed to only having long hair. Here are some really simple ways to encourage healthy hair growth:
- cowash every 3-4 days
- deep condition once a week, or once every two weeks
- trim split ends every three months, or as needed
- do scalp massages every night with an oil that promotes growth (JBCO, EVOO, coconut oil, avocado oil)
- wear low manipulation hairstyles (updos, minitwists, buns)
- eat foods that contain hair healthy nutrients and minerals (spinach, salmon, chia seeds, oats, walnuts, pumpkin)