One of the most disheartening things for anyone is to see their hairline wearing away. It is bad enough for a man, but it can be emotionally traumatizing for a woman. African women in particular, are especially prone to damaged hairlines due to the overuse of chemicals and hairstyles that cause stress on their hairlines. The following tricks will help you maintain your hairline.
Minimize Pulling Your Hair Back Too Tight
Pulling the hair back firmly causes tension along the hairline and may result in broken hairs or hair loss over time. Styles in which the hair is pulled back should be worn minimally and or loosely. Opt for loose, pinned up-dos that allow your hairline to breathe and stay away from tight buns. If the style hurts, then listen to your hairline.
Go For A polyester/Silk Pillow Rather Than A Silk Scarf
Polyester or silk scarves worn while you sleep can damage the hairline if tied tightly. Your edges will be happier if you sleep on a polyester or silk pillow case or wrap the scarf around your pillow. Whichever method you choose, you can wrap a scarf around your edges for a few minutes in the morning to lay them down, undo the scarf, and you’re good to go.
Apply Natural Oils And Massage
This is particularly important for a recovering hairline. Natural oils (e.g., coconut, olive, castor oil) contain substances that can soothe and nourish the scalp along the edges. For example, sheer butter and mango butter contain Vitamin A, which plays an important part in the growth and maintenance of the follicles. Additionally, massaging the hairline may stimulate growth.
Do Not Sleep In A Ponytail, Bun, Or Up-do
If your hairline is sensitive, this is the worst thing you can do it. As you toss and turn at night, pulling can occur and your hairline can suffer. Some women can get away with this, but if you have a sensitive hairline, it is best to just sleep with your hair wrapped in a bonnet or in several loose and big plaits or twists.
Avoid Frequent Elastic Headbands, And Tight Scarves
Once in a while is fine, but daily is probably not. Opt for loose scarves instead elastic headbands when you can. The elastic ones will eat your hairline, by ripping it out from the roots. The tight scarves do no justice to your hairline either.
Leave The Edges Alone
Sometimes, you may need to let the hairs in that area be, just leave them alone. Don’t braid it, don’t weave it, don’t brush it, just let it be. You may even have to take a break from applying the castor oil because too much attention might slow down your hair growth.
Limit The Amount of Chemical Processes
Relaxing, dyeing and other chemical processes can wreak havoc on a delicate hairline. Lye-based relaxers have sodium hydroxide as their main ingredient. This is a highly caustic agent, which, if applied incorrectly, will lead to breakage and damage.
Cut Down On The Amount Of Heat You Use
Heated styling tools like hair dryers, curling and straightening irons can wreak havoc on the delicate hair at the hairline. Many women want their hairlines to lie straight, and will use straightening irons pressed right up against the edge of their foreheads in order to get that sleek look.
Just Give It Time, It Will Grow Back
When you start taking care of your edges, don’t expect to see changes immediately. It could take up to a whole year to recover damaged edges. It takes time, so just be patient and give it time. As long as you are doing what you need to do, you will gradually see changes.
Give Your Hair A Break
The biggest step is to prevent hair line drama is by stopping whatever you are doing to it. That means if you are braiding your hair frequently, stop. If you relax your hair frequently stop. Tight pony tails? Stop. Or at least give your hair a break. There are lots of alternative hair styles out there.