HAIRLINES HAVE GONE MISSING!!! Has anyone checked the Bermuda Triangle?
ATTENTION, AOPEEPS!!!! This is a public service announcement in support of your hairline aka edges. You need it!! Your oh so gorgeous face DOES NOT look the same without a hairline!! Unfortunately, I have found that more of you are concerned with the length of your hair than the health of your (hair)line. NEWS FLASH: It doesn’t matter how long your hair is if it starts behind your ear! Patches are for Girl Scouts NOT the scalp! In an effort to do my part, I have compiled tips to maintain a healthy hairline.
- Moisturize your hairline with leave-in conditioners made of natural ingredients to the hairline.
- Protein treatments will repair damage and restore strength to damaged hair.
- Monitor your frequency of hairline-stressing styles. Ponytails, micro-braids (cornrows & plaits), and topknots are all great styles but must be worn with great consideration. Do not wear these styles back-to-back. Also, if your hairstyle is straining your hairline, it is too tight. Prolonged stress on the hairline can lead to traction alopecia– hair loss due to excessive forceful tension.
- HEAT CAN HURT. Reduce the amount of thermal styling on your hair. Incorporate rollers, twisting, and pin curls to assist in style longevity.
- Substitute your full-strength relaxer for a texturizer. While texturizers are also chemical relaxers, they are less detrimental than full-strength relaxer systems since, in most cases, they do not straighten hair completely.
- Increase the time span between relaxer applications. Many of you like to have your hairline bone straight for every hairstyle. However, if your hair is being styled every 4-6 weeks, this is too often for your hairline. Begin to ‘stretch’ your relaxer by extending the time in between touch-ups by two weeks. If you can go longer, do it! In addition, reduce the strength of the relaxer for hairline only applications.
- Limit the use of alcohol-based styling products. Alcohol dries the hair and can lead to breakage.
- Take your vitamins. Nutrients including Vitamin E, Biotin, Vitamin A, and Beta-carotene promote healthy hair.
- Know your hair (history). If your hair is fine in texture or thin in density it is more sensitive to damage. If you aren’t sure, look at the hair of your relatives, male and female. Begin with your parents and move outward to aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins. A few generations will expose the truth about your hair’s family tree. Pay close attention to the older men and women as they could very well be a testament to the state of your hair in the future.
You have known your hairline longer than most of the people in your life. Don’t be so dismissive of it for once it’s gone, it may not come back!
In an upcoming entry, I will offer product and tool suggestions for maintaining a healthy hairline!!!
Posted on March 15, 2013, in Article, Glam Kit, Make it Rain, Style File, The Forgotten Files and tagged alopecia, baldness, edges, growth, hair, hairline, health, length, maintenance, scalp, vitamins. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.