Thinning hair and breakage are not just for women who wear a weave, are relaxed, or for older women. Some women experience thinning edges due to hereditary issues, like pregnancy, stress, hypothyroidism, scalp conditions like alopecia, and many other factors.
See also: Hair Loss in Women
Others experience thinning hair due to excessive styling, tight styles, rough manipulation of the hair, and just bad handling/styling habits overall.
The good thing is, there is hope! Let’s get into 6 ways to care for thinning natural hair:
- Evaluate: The first thing you want to do is evaluate some things, like what you’re putting into your body that might be causing your hair to thin. Are you eating and drinking some of the wrong things? Not getting enough water? Are you constantly stressed? Are you getting enough sleep? This is one of the easiest way to get to the root of your hair thinning issues, and then start making the necessary changes to get on the road to recovery.
- Leave it alone: If you notice that your hair is thinning, it might be best to avoid excessive manipulation to avoid more thinning and unnecessary breakage. This is especially the case if you notice thinning around your edges. The best thing you can do for your thinning edges right now is to leave them alone. Put the edge control and the toothbrush down. I get it – thinning edges are embarrassing, but trying to cover it up and constant manipulation will only make it worse. Leave the baby hairs to your baby, avoid styling your hair excessively, and focus on regrowing healthy hair.
- Be Gentle: Of course, we want our hair to be snatched, but not literally! Rough manipulation of your hair may have very well been the reason why you’re experiencing thinning. It’s important that you are as gentle as possible with your hair to prevent unnecessary thinning and breakage. If you love it, they will grow!
- Nix the Tight Styles: As much as we love our “Poetic Justice” braids and Senegalese twists, it may be time to ease up on the braids and weaves, especially if they’re too tight. It also may be time to ditch the high buns and puffs, as your hair, your edges especially, are too fragile to handle the tension if they’re already breaking and thinning. Your edges will be happy, and so will your checking account. Let your hair and your edges breathe a little as you grow them back in. See also: Do’s and Don’ts of Braid Extensions
- Scalp Massages:Scalp massages stimulate blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles, which aid in growth. While some do this with an oil, an oil is not necessarily needed for a scalp massage, as the goal is to increase circulation to encourage hair growth.
- Essential Oils: Rubbing the thinning areas with essential oils like peppermint, rosemary, or cedarwood oil can aid in regrowing your edges. Essential oils help with stimulating blood flow in the scalp and repairing the hair follicles to encourage hair growth. Many essential oils also have anti-fungal properties, protecting your scalp and hair from fungal infections that can stunt hair growth. Be sure to mix your essential oil with a carrier oil like Jojoba Oil, since essential oils tend to be very potent.