Monday, 22 July 2013

5 Tips on how to regrow the edges of your hair (edges gone wild!)

Do you know that I can easily tell the health of your hair, just by looking at your edges? Many of my friends are relaxed, and I can tell someone who has been abusing their hair with relaxers or extensions by observing their edges. Many people think their hair is at its optimum state because it seems healthy, but many times I beg to differ because their edges are 'just okay'. I use this term because it is obvious that their edges is not as full as God actually created them to be.

Some people have very delicate edges, and they have to be careful. As for me, I have one of the fullest but most delicate edges ever, as I always mention on this blog. Any slight mishandling, my edges are gone. This is also due to the fact that the hair around my edges is baby hair, and can't stand stress. But the upside to mine is that my edges are very forgiving. After some mishandling and loss of edges, it’s always quick to grow back, and fast at that. The thing is many people's edges are not as forgiving, so ease on those tight extensions, and have mercy on your edges.

And please, before you blame your lack of hair around your edges on genes, please, check your baby and childhood pictures. If you had healthy edges then, it means genes are not your problem, but lack of proper hair care. But if you are like 60 years old, maybe we can pardon you. Even then, if the old women in this post have great edges, what is your excuse?

These are different views of my edges in the pic below, with the back of my hair wrapped, and the front pinned inside. The pictures on the left were the ones taken four days after I took down my beautiful threading. I tried as much as possible to be careful that it did not have negative effects on my edges. Read the post to find out how. The pictures on the right was taken two weeks after, with the same style which I left on (You will get to know the story of how I ended up with this style later).

Right view

Front view. See the big difference in the front?

Left view. The difference is clearest here.
You can see the edges threatening to grow up to my eyes after just 2 weeks. Lol

Can you see the difference in the edges? Even though the edges were initially already very full, my edges still found a way to grown even more.

I am starting a new hair project, which I will assess at the end of three years. This project includes me being have very gracious to my edges as it has been gracious to me.

So these are some quick tips on how to maintain and regrow your edges if they are already receding.

1. Don't use extensions and weaves every waking moment you have. Let your hair breathe. Give your hair a break!
2. If you use extensions, don't pick the hair on your edges tiny, neither should it be tight. If the hair stylist doesn't listen to you, stand up and walk away. If you don't, then your hair will walk away from your edges. Which would you prefer?
3. If you have lost a lot of hair on your edges, try not to use extension at all for the next 6 months, then mix castor oil and coconut oil, and regularly massage the area you are trying to regrow. We sell both oils
4. In addition to number 3, you can get the African Naturalistas Lavie life butter cream, which we manufacture especially for this problem. Many people have testified to its wonders, trust me.
5. Ease on caps, hats, elastic headgears and turbans that rub harshly around your edges. If you must use this regularly, consider putting on a plastic cap first, before putting it on.

I believe with these few tips, you will recover your edges, and have farmland edges like mine, lol. One more thing, before you wish for edges like mine, understand that my edges can never sleep nor be controlled with any gel or edge control cream in this world cos they are too full and frizzy (take a look at the side view of the third pic). It means you won't be able to really achieve some hairstyles, such as the third one in this post.

So are you still sure you want farmland edges like mine? To me, what matters most it that your edges are healthy and well taken care of.

P.S: I will be appearing on Moments with Mo on Ebony Life TV, DSTV channel 165 on Wednesday, 24/07/2013, by 8.30pm as I discuss Natural Hair in Nigeria with Mo Abudu, Dolapo Oni & Bolanle. Please, tune in and watch. Thanks

39 comments:

  1. HA! I bow for your edges o...or at least, my iya ijebu edges bow to your igbo ora edges. #Respect!

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    1. I do not use this I only uses olive oil and pink oil

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  2. I go through this site time and time again wondering how to get started 'repairing' my hair.

    Been off 'chemicals' for like 7months running and have no other way to stay off than to use extensions. Result = teary sessions when combing hair on taking out weaves + large chunks coming off + mama mi l'éko edges.

    This style suits you, really.

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    1. Lool. Thanks. When on extensions, do you moisturise properly? Cos I am wondering why taking out your extensions is so painful for you, with your hair falling off.

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    2. I DON'T moisturize..*covering eyes*...Please advise a clueless sister...abeg.

      I've checked and re-checked the products page but undecided on what to get for starters.

      Saw part of the program on EbonyLife, even kept my bambinos up till 9pm for that sole reason. You looked beautiful...repeat..this style really suits you...love your dress..your earrings...(didn't get a good view of your shoes..lol...just kidding) etc etc

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    3. You need to properly moisturise your hair while in extensions o. If not, it will dry out.

      Thanks for the compliment. So sad that you did not see my fine footwear.

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  3. Good post.

    And I like the hair style.

    Oooh, and I can't wait to check you out on TV today. I'm not sure why I wasn't invited *angry face*

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  4. Wow! These styles are really nice. You look great on that!
    Thanks for these tips. This is really quite useful!
    BTW, Do you accept for guest posting?
    Please check out my page: Natural hair regrowth supplements

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  5. Yay! Saw you on EbonyLife Tv! way to go!

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  6. Btw my edges need salvation! thanks for sharing

    dressed2dnines.blogspot.com

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    1. Eeya. I hope these tips are of great benefit to you.

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  7. What if you wear a headscarf everyday n ur edges are going but u still hve baby hair there

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    1. I don't think there's anything wrong with using scarf everyday, so far it is satin, you are fine.

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  8. My edges are kinky and my hair is shrinken but my hair is about two inches and I want box braids. What should I do to grow my hair longer and faster and get box braids. Email me at akinaf16@gmail.com for advice to me. Thanks.

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  9. I want to get box braids and my edges are kinky and my hair is kinky and shrinken. My roots are thick. I am transitioning to natural hair. What should I do to grow my hair longer and fastee and to stretch my hair out to get it braided?

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    1. You can braid your hair, so far it is not too tight, or picked too tiny. Healthy hair care fosters length retention.

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  10. I been natural for over two years and I've bleached my hair twice during that time. I've tried oils, dr. Miracle, rosemary but still no improvement my edges have been gon we since maybe I was 10 year as old and now I'm 22 but it has grown alot since then but it just won't fill in. I do wear sew ins but not that often I normal wear my real hair so it gets plenty of air. I just don't know what else to do?

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    1. Aww, sorry about your issues. I think you should just let the hair rest for a long time. Ease on the bleaching and anything that can encourage hair damage. Stay away from tight ponytails and too much manipulation of extensions around the edges. Add the tips in this post, and you should see improvement in about a couple of months, if its not medical related.

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  12. im almost natural.almost one year and i just started having problems with my edges thinin in and out what could i do to make ot grow and fill in

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  13. im almost natural.almost one year and i just started having problems with my edges thinin in and out what could i do to make ot grow and fill in

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  14. I haven't figured out how to not wear any extensions for the next 6 months any advice on how to style my badly damaged hair whilewithout using extensions????

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    1. Really, you just need to stop the extensions one way or the other. You can invest in accessories that would cover your hair nicely. I would have said you should use wigs, but since you say it is badly damaged, even the wigs' elastics might do you bad.

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  15. I really want to do the 6 month break while treating my hair because my edges are badly damaged from wearing weaves and braids... Any advive on how i can wear my damaged hair out for the next 6 months???

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  16. Hi, bought the Lavie butter cream frm Jumia, to grow my edges cos they are really badly damaged nw but havnt seen any progress yet PLEASE HELP already usingg Jamaican black castor oil and ur coconut oil as well been over a mnth nw

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  17. I have a big problem with the back of my hair, like no matter what I use for it to grow, it won't grow at all. I have no hair back there. I used castor oil, coconut oil, everything on the list. I want to know what exactly can I do in order for the nape of my hair to grow......

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  18. now i know my no edges arnt genetic,cos i remeber i had hair in my teenage years,it jst started getting bad since about like 5yrs ago,n has jst refused to grow........av stopped applying relaxer since last year april and no noticable improvement....i jst hope i avnt permanently damaged my edges....sadface

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  19. Can u grow edges if its nothing at all there just skin?

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  20. I have really short edges. My edges are about a inch thich in width .. from my hairline to the center of my head. I Stopped wearing weaves and heat styling for a few months to go natural ( curly ) and had a hard time because the short edges make natural look unprofessional. So i cut my hair into a bob to do a "big chop" and had to add some extensions again because i realized the wholefront of my hair is only about 2 inches long my hair would be so muxh fuller if the edges were normal. HELLLLLLLLLP !! PLease !!!

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  21. Hi I am 27yrs young. I recently removed my Janet Jackson/ Brandi braids, (my 1st time ever with weave/braids). I have naturally Lucius curlyocks (elle Varner/ Alecia keys eque) but now at my temples going back 2 inches on both sides my hair is "almost scalp thin"!!! I can't believe this! I am relaxer/heat free and have no he what to do! I "apologize to you hair god for ruining my wonderful tresses, but what should I do next??" Thank you in advance!!

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  22. Hi I am 27yrs young. I recently removed my Janet Jackson/ Brandi braids, (my 1st time ever with weave/braids). I have naturally Lucius curlyocks (elle Varner/ Alecia keys eque) but now at my temples going back 2 inches on both sides my hair is "almost scalp thin"!!! I can't believe this! I am relaxer/heat free and have no he what to do! I "apologize to you hair god for ruining my wonderful tresses, but what should I do next??" Thank you in advance!!

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  23. I just turned 40 African american female andall I do is get braids but they are damaging my hair badly my edges are gone please help me before I go bald

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