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Hair Care for Thinning Edges
By Qhemet Biologics
There are a number of factors that can influence how full a persons hair is. In this article, we'll be discussing the density of hair, not the thickness* of each strand.
What Causes Thinning Hair?
Thinning hair is characterized by hair that has fallen out and does not regrow. Many women will experience thinning hair or thinning patches, particularly around the edges, at one point or another in their lives. Here's why:
If you are pregnant, have recently given birth or are experiencing menopause, the hormonal changes your body experiences may be having a negative effect on your hairline. Many women experience a normal amount of hair loss post-pregnancy, but these changes can appear more dramatic given the hair gains made during the nine months prior.
Why do women who are pregnant grow more hair? Pregnant women produce more estrogen, which causes hair to be thicker, stronger and more lustrous. When estrogen production decreases and all of that extra hair begins to fall out, it can cause your tresses to feel drastically bare. The good news is that post-partum shedding generally only lasts a few months at worst after which your hair should begin to recover. To encourage growth and keep your hair from shedding more than it needs to, we recommend following the healthy hair tips.
This type of hair loss is the most prevalent cause of hair thinning among black women. It is caused by tight ponypuffs, headbands, braids, wigs and extensions, when too much tension is put on the delicate hairline and the hair follicle becomes inflamed. For many women, this type of thinning can lead to an unhealthy cycle of using wigs and extensions to cover up thinning hair and subsequent additional thinning due to the hair's mistreatment. Over time, traction alopecia can actually evolve into scarring, which seals the hair follicle permanently and irreversibly. Because of this, it's critical that women who experience thinning around the hairline due to tight hairstyles change their hair care routine before it's too late. We know this can be difficult when you're experiencing thinning hair, particularly if you're using low quality products. Now is the time to permanently switch to products that keep your hair fully hydrated and contain beneficial ingredients that strengthen hair and support hair growth. Certain ingredients like mineral oil, SLS and silicones can stunt your hairs growth and health so its best to avoid them.
Using our L.O.C. method for high or low porosity hair can go a long way towards repairing damage and restoring your crown. Thinning edges can be addressed using our Castor & Amla Nourishing Pomade, a 100% plant based hair and scalp tonic formulated to nourish follicles and support growth. Combat brittle ends by using a product rich in olive and castors oils like our Amla & Olive Heavy Cream. This powerhouse moisturizer keeps your ends soft and pliable, preventing breakage and preserving length.
To avoid additional damage to your hair, avoid combing your hair with thin tooth combs and always coat your hair in a rich detangling conditioner like our Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee before detangling. Keep your hair in gentle natural styles like 2-strand twists that are easy on your edges and avoid styles that involve pulling and tugging. You'll be amazed at just how quickly your hair begins to thrive with the right restorative products.
Chemical Treatments & Heat
If you were initially in love with your newly straightened do but then noticed your edges becoming thinner and your hair becoming drier and brittle, you are not alone. Applying relaxers to your hair, particularly if your hair was already strained and damaged, can exhaust your hairs last defenses and slow its natural recovery process. Similarly, heat is a major culprit in thinning hair. Heat damages the hair shaft and leaves it brittle and dry, whether you are using a blow dryer or a flat iron frequently. While the best thing you can do for your hair is ditch the harsh chemicals and avoid excessive flat iron use, we know these can be difficult to completely abandon. To give your relaxed mane its best advantage, be sure to check out our product recommendations for chemically treated hair.
The Wrong Products
The common denominator at the root of most cases of damaged hair is poor quality products. When the wrong products are used, it may not matter how much care you take to avoid pulling your hair too tightly or applying too much heat. Using products that keep your hair in a constant state of good health will allow you to take liberties with your hair without paying a steep price.
The Right Products
Natural hair is beautiful and even more so when you're using premium, plant based products to support it. Qhemet products look to the tried and true remedies used by our forebears to nourish their scalps and maintain a full head of lush, healthy hair. Check out the healthy hair collections below to begin your journey towards maximum moisture, health and growth.
* If you have fine hair, you may in fact have a lot of it, but it may look stringy or sparse. Fine hair requires extra care too because it tends to respond differently to moisture than a thick strand of hair. If your hair doesn't hold curls well, breaks easily and is prone to fly-aways, you might have fine hair. People with fine hair should use the lightweight yet moisturizing products in our L.O.C. Method Collection for Low Porosity Hair to strengthen and hydrate their fragile strands. Getting regular trims to stay on top of split ends will help your fine hair grow longer and stronger too.