Q: “My edges are thinning from having my braids in too tight this last go around. What are some things I can do to help grow them back?”
A: We are definitely #teamedges over here so WE GOT’CHU COVERED, BOO!
Let’s not cry over spilled milk. The edges are the most sensitive and fragile part of the hairline. We are going to be proactive in getting those edges back in tip, top condition by preserving what you've still got and providing a platform for healthy growth. Let's start with the following:
Scalp massages. These are beneficial as they promote blood circulation. Where blood is flowing, growth is happening. I like to apply a little olive oil laced with a few drops of peppermint essential oil to my temples/edges and just massage for about 7-10 minutes (about .5% of your day – you’ve got time for that). The menthol in the peppermint oil gives off a great tingling sensation that indicates it's up to some good! Peppermint oil stimulates the hair follicles to promote hair growth and the olive oil acts as a carrier since peppermint oil alone can be very strong.
Sport low tension styles. Your edges need a vacay. They don’t need any tension so stay away from styles such as puffs or ponytails as they encourage tugging and pulling around the hairline. And please, by all means, if you decide to get braids or twists again make sure whoever installs them does not pull too tight. If it pinches, take it out (that goes for puffs and ponytails, too).
Hair vitamins. I’m not a huge advocate for them per se, but I’ve seen them work for others. You will have to do more research on this option to see if they will be beneficial to you and your situation.
You can always shave your sides like me… no? Not an option? I mean, I still have edges, though!