#TeamEdges : How to Treat and Prevent Thin Edges



Any woman can experience thinning, breaking, or balding edges. It’s not just women who are relaxed, wear weave, or are older. There are numerous reasons why your hairline can thin. Hair loss is not confined to men; women actually make up 40% of Americans suffering from hair loss, according to American Hair Loss. Thinning edges can be upsetting and embarrassing, and many of us are haunted by pictures of super models with bare edges. So it is no wonder so many women are desperate for answers.

The Causes of Thinning Edges
Prevention attributes the main causes of hair loss to pregnancy, postpartum, drastic weight loss, stress, hereditary, hypothyroidism, chronic illnesses like lupus, iron deficiency anemia, hormone imbalances like polycystic ovarian syndrome, scalp conditions like seborrheic dermatitis, alopecia areata, and excessive styling.

Many women, whether natural or relaxed, are experiencing thinning edges due to excessive styling and/or bad styling habits. First off, do not feel like you are alone. This can happen to anyone and may happen regardless of doing everything right. Sometimes we see the problem occurring before it gets too bad and we curtail whatever the problem is.

Always Have Split Ends? Learn How to Stop Them, Now.

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Question

No matter how many times I cut my hair I always have split ends. How can I stop this?

Castor Oil: The Natural Solution to Hair Growth

By Dr. Phoenyx Austin of DrPhoenyx.com

I’ve known about this natural emollient since I was waist high. And I particularly love this oil because it is extremely rich vitamin E and essential fatty acids that are important for healthy hair growth.

A few benefits of castor oil:

  • Is an excellent emollient and humectant for skin and hair
  • Is a treatment for hair thinning and hair loss
  • Prevents the dry and itchy scalp
  • Has anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties- so it can be effective for treating skin/scalp infections like ringworm.
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Do Hair Vitamins Really Work?

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by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

You've seen questions about them in the forums and pictures on the 'gram. Reality TV personalities, rappers, and models, pose with a bottle (or cup of tummy flattening tea) praise supplements that promise transformations of your hair from the inside out.

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5 Tips for Unbelievable Length

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by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

#Hairgoals. We all want strong, healthy hair, but we also want to have incredible length. Shrinkage is an ego killer--but here are 5 ways to get the unbelievable length you've been dreaming of.

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5 Secret Tips for Growing Long Natural Hair, Fast!





1. Keep It Simple!
I know this sounds easy for an intro and it is, do keep it simple. There has always been this notion that natural hair requires high-maintenance, and while it does require time and patience, you don’t necessarily need a complicated regiment or apply all the products in this world to maintain a healthy head of natural hair. A good and consistent regiment consisting of a shampoo, conditioners and essential oils is fantastic and simple. Now you might be thinking “It can’t be that simple, can it?” Yes darling, it can and it is. Keep it simple.

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Try This Easy Protective Style for Maximum Length Retention!


by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

Loose twists are a versatile long term style that can help you retain more hair length. They require very little upkeep and look great on medium to long length natural hair. Love the look of locs but not too crazy about the commitment? This style is for you!

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Detangling Natural Hair- Frequency and Length Retention

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Detangling
For many of us, it might as well be a four letter word. Some of us avoid it until our hair is on the brink of disaster, while others may do some form of it a few times a week or even daily. We all know the dangers of pushing detangling sessions too far back -- from breakage and matting to cutting out clumps of knots. But what about detangling too frequently? Is there a such thing as doing too much detangling?

There's an old adage that says, too much of anything is bad for you. By and large, that tends to be true. Detangling is great for releasing shed hairs, making the removal of buildup easier, and not to mention, it is the cornerstone of every fabulous natural hair style. But when done too often, detangling can lead to the following:

How to Troubleshoot Your Natural Hair Growth Problem

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by Aziza Glass of www.azizaglass.com via BlackNaps.org

I’m a scientist. With most problems I encounter, I tend to solve them as if they are an experiment. If I know that certain predictions should come to pass and do not, the problem is most likely located within my protocol or process. Fast forward to the moment I realized my hair just wasn’t growing the way it should. I decided to attempt to identify the culprit.

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3 Habits Guaranteed to Make Your Hair Grow Longer and Healthier

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by Kanisha Parks of ShesSaved.com

In the natural hair community, there’s a lot of emphasis placed on getting healthy hair, growing long hair, and retaining length. All too often, we tend to think the answer is a certain product, vitamin, or “grow hair overnight” scheme, when it isn’t.

I’ve been natural for about six years now and in the beginning, there was a lot of trial and error involved: emphasis on error. I wanted my hair to grow long and healthy but I wasn’t equipping myself with the three habits necessary to get it there. You don’t need an arsenal of products, 10,000 tools, or even a personal hair stylist. You can grow long, healthy, strong, and beautiful hair, no matter your starting point or texture. Start implementing these habits and your hair will prosper!

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Do tea rinses really make hair grow faster?

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by Jonna of BlackNaps.org

Any other tea lovers out there? I know I’m not the only one who is a fan of a variety of teas. Drinking tea has so many benefits, whether you’re looking for energy or relaxation. I actually drink tea similar to how most people drink coffee, with milk or creamer. So tasty! Naturalistas are known for taking everyday kitchen items and using them in our hair care routine, and teas are no different. There are several benefits of using tea for your hair care regimen. Herbal hair rinses have been used for centuries to naturally soften hair, increase manageability, and restore luster, body and bounce.

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3 Super Simple Rosemary Recipes for Hair Growth

by Shanti of A Curls Best Friend

Antoinette's Results of a Rosemary Rinse

Before Pantene, Queen Helene and Head and Shoulders, women turned to their gardens, woods and fields for plants that met all of their beauty needs. Whether it be a cure to dandruff, premature balding, dull strands or a desire for a new color there was a plant that they knew could meet their specific demands. I think that as the world is beginning to become more synthetic the less we truly understand the implications of allowing such chemicals, toxins and mad men creations into our bodies. It is important to be knowledgeable and at the very least know that there are natural alternatives to every single demand that humans require whether in sickness or health. With that being said, I have begun my research into herbs that can treat and assist in hair. Let's begin with Rosemary. (My source for today's research comes from the book entitled "Back to Eden" written by Jethro Kloss).

Why Rosemary?

Rosemary is very common and easily accessible herb. It is green in appearance with thin, needle-like leaves with a deep, pungent smell. When it comes to it's contributions to hair it seems to be all purpose. Here is a brief list of its uses and benefits to hair...

-Stimulates and improves circulation to the scalp thus encouraging hair growth
-Due to it's antibacterial quality it gently cleanses hair
-Increases shine
-Fights premature graying
-Relieves irritated, dry, flaky, dandruff ridden scalps

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DIY Ayurvedic Conditioner for Natural Hair Growth



by Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

I enjoy making and creating products when I have free time. Ayurvedic herbs are wonderful for the hair and skin.   

"According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Ayurveda is considered one of the oldest healing sciences that have a holistic approach to health. It is designed to help people live a long, healthy, and well-balanced life. It has been practiced in India for at least 5,000 years. It has recently become popular again in western cultures and is used to treat illnesses and maintain balance in the body, mind, and consciousness through proper eating, drinking, and lifestyle.  Our hair, which is a vital parameter of external beauty, can also benefit from Ayurvedic treatments to maintain its health and look beautiful. These time-tested herbal hair care remedies have been the backbones behind the healthy and long hair of Indian women. Whether dealing with scalp problems, nourishing the hair follicles, or trying to steer clear of sulfates, parabens, or ingredients you cannot pronounce, Ayurveda can bring health and beauty to your tresses."
I am sharing my own recipe for a home pre-poo/conditioning treatment that encourages healthy hair growth.

How to Tell if Your Natural Hair is Damaged



Do you know what damaged hair looks like, feels like, and even acts like? Often, we get used to the way our hair behaves (or doesn’t) and ignore the signs of true damage. Bald patches, clumps of hair falling out, or thinning edges — these are easy to spot. But what about the other, less-obvious signs that your hair is in serious trouble?

If you comb, brush, shampoo, chemically straighten, or use heat-styling tools or permanent color, the fact is, you are in some way or another harming your hair. Even pulling your hair into a ponytail too often can be destructive. Before you throw your hands up in the air and surrender, know that it is possible to prevent this damage. You just have to know what to look for.

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7 Easy DIY Recipes for Stronger & Healthier Natural Hair

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Many woman want longer, thicker, shinier hair. We always see women flaunting their bouncy tresses in shampoo and other product ads. However, we buy into the advertisement without stopping to think that maybe there’s more to their hair care that using the branded shampoo or conditioner. Let's face it...people have different types of hair. Some people have thick and coarse hair while others have soft and thin hair.

Even growing pollution has increased our worry about hair. We have forgotten nature and its many ingredients that help us to make our hair soft and shiny. No shampoo or conditioner can stand in front of natural ways of nourishing hair without any side effects. I personally believe that treating hair issues naturally helps to keep the hair healthy and shiny. In this article, I am going to share some natural ways to treat your hair. Let’s get to it...

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I wish my hair would stop growing...said no one, ever. Curly and wavy women especially can relate. Even when our hair grows at a normal rate, tight curl and wave patterns make it seem as if the length barely budges. Sigh.

But before you Google “hair growth supplements”, we need to have a chat. Slow-to-grow hair probably isn’t the reason you’re longing for Rapunzel-level length (or just a lob that makes it past your shoulders). As we age, hair can become thinner and even starting falling out, which often tricks us into thinking that our length is the problem. These nine supplements have been shown to promote thicker, stronger hair that looks fuller, healthier, and yes, longer.

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4 Green Smoothies for Optimal Hair Growth

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

I'm all about green smoothies and how great they are for our bodies, but did you know they have amazing benefits for our hair too? With many of us over 30 and looking for ways to keep our hair healthy, vibrant and moisturized, what we put into our bodies is the best way to get and keep healthy tresses.

Whether your hair goal is length, regrowing edges or staving off grays, there is a green smoothie that can help you with achieve it!  Optimal diet leads to optimal health and optimal health gives you optimal hair growth! Check out the four green smoothies below as they are great for your hair's health.

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DIY Hot Oil Treatment for Dry, Brittle Natural Hair



by Tina Munzu 

Hot oil treatments are my go-to for repairing dry brittle hair. They strengthen and condition the hair, give shine and help fight off dandruff. Best of all, they can be easily customized to meet your needs. I do a hot oil treatment monthly but I also love to treat my hair to one after my hair has been flat ironed or been in a long term protective style. Watch this quick and simple video to discover how you can start reaping the benefits of hot oil treatments today!

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Stop Doing This to Your Natural Hair

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Hair care is all about preservation. Your hair is not living like your scalp; it can be temporarily repaired but not permanently restored. Everything in hair care is meant to help maintain and style it. As your hair grows and you retain length, your hair is healthiest at the roots and usually the most damaged at the ends, which is why trims help to retain length. Before purchasing products and building a new regimen, it is helpful to understand how damage occurs and basic ways to maintain your curls.

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The Best Dietary Supplement for Thicker Natural Hair



Hola Chicas!

I field hella emails about hair vitamins:  

Nik, have you tried Viviscal?
What about Hairfinity?
Will I see faster growth? 
How long will it take to see results?"  

I've addressed the subject of supplements before, and I'm pretty sure everyone knows what I'm gonna say next--

There are no quick fixes, magic potions or lotions, just patience, consistency and a healthy lifestyle.  

But wait, there's more!  And there is (at least) one supplement I honestly believe contributes to my luxuriousness. 

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