Have you ever found yourself in a situation you vowed never to be in? If you have, then you are in good company. I had vowed never to have damaged natural hair edges but look at me now!
What are Edges?
Natural hair edges are also referred to as the ‘baby hairs.’ They are the shorter hairs that grow along the hairline. The name comes from the fact that they grow along the edges.
Edges are a pretty big deal in the natural hair community. However, it’s not a monopoly as they are important to those with relaxed hair as well. They are vital in every hair journey. The fact is: you cannot have Rapunzel-like hair or a killer hairdo and have sparse or ragged edges. It just doesn’t add up! This is why there are so many tutorials on how to lay your edges.
Natural Hair Breakage around Edges
Unfortunately, like the rest of your hair, edges are prone to breakage and thinning out. The damage on edges can be due to reasons such as:
- Hormonal changes
- Mechanical damage due to continued pulling
You can read more about other causes here. It helps to know the cause if you plan on growing back your edges. Personally, my thinning edges are as a result of protective styling (braiding). If you pay attention to the left side of my head, you can also see a thinning patch that is a result of parting my hair the same way.
Now that we find ourselves in this predicament, is there a solution? Can we grow back our edges?
How to Grow Natural Hair Edges Back
Growing your edges back is possible. However, I will not try to sell you on “how to grow back your edges in 7 days.” That, my people, is a lie. I will, however, direct you to resources that share how you can grow your edges back. This one has general tips while this other one deals specifically with the best oils for struggling edges. Personally, I take all the information with a pinch of salt until I can use myself as a case study.
How to Get Healthy Edges Challenge
With all the remedies I’ve come across while looking for ways to regrow my edges, there’s one popular one that I am going to try out – Jamaican black Castor Oil (JBCO). From 14/01/2018, I started my journey back to #healthyedgeschallenge. My plan is to:
- Apply JBCO on my edges/ around my hairline at night before bed
- Massage the area gently so as to stimulate circulation
- Leave it on overnight
- Rinse it off with warm water in the morning
- Follow these steps three days every week for the next 12 weeks
- Keep track of progress every week
I like this challenge because it is simple and easy to follow. It doesn’t take much time, effort or a million and one products. In fact, the only thing I will be using is JBCO. If you are in Nairobi, you can get it from any Super Cosmetics shop or from our friends over at Hair Culture. I’ll be using my Tropical Isle brand since I already have a bottle in my stash.
I hope to see progress over the weeks and would love if you could join me on #healthyedgeschallenge. We can finally see if this black castor oil thing actually works.
HOW ARE YOUR EDGES DOING? HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF THE M? WOULD YOU WANT ME TO DO AN IN-DEPTH SERIES ON GROWING AND CARING FOR YOUR EDGES? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS 🙂