Summer is coming to a close,and many women are starting to come out of their braids. Braids are a nice,cool,and convenient style for summer. If you’ve been wearing them from late April to late August though,you are bound to have thinning. Wearing them for three weeks at a time,taking them out,and shampooing. Only to get them put back in within a few days is not a long enough break.
Thin edges are a common and embarrassing issue. This problem can be caused by tight hairstyles,weaves,or braids. It can also be genetics. Sometimes the hair will grow back. Sometimes it won’t. If you have had smooth bald areas around your hairline for years,the hair bulb is probably destroyed. Therefore no matter what you use to regrow hair,it ain’t coming back. Speak with a dermatologist and a hair transplant surgeon for your options on how to get your hairline to fill back out.
For those of you who have experienced only temporary thinning ,there is hope! Here are three products to try:
Anyone who has worn a protective style past two weeks,can see the build up of dirt. Sometimes that build up can cause new growth to mat up at the root. This matting can cause excessive shedding and hair loss. The whole purpose of protective styling is to GROW hair. Not take it out. Some may leave a protective style in past three weeks! Whew! That is a lot of dirt and oily build up! Not to mention the smell!
First, gently remove extensions,protective style. Unravel gently or rake through hair with your fingers. You may also use a wide tooth comb to separate and unravel hair. Next use a clarifying shampoo to strip out all the dirt,product,and oil that your hair has accumulated.
After this,you can also spritz the hair all over with a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle. Massage through. Rinse. Then apply a deep conditioner and also to sit on your hair for at least twenty minutes. Rinse,style as desired.
Crochet styles are the most popular form of protective style right now.
You can keep them in for up to 6 weeks. A protective style gives you the chance to try a different look,while also giving your real hair a break.
Giving the hair a break from heat,products and chemicals will help to aid in hair growth as well.
Taking the crochet style out however, is just as important. If you have not worn the style very long,you may want to reuse the hair. In this case,you may want to section off your style and unravel it at the base of the cornrow or braid. If you’ve had the style in for awhile, it’s probably sour and dirty,simply cut it out. Cut the hair as close to the braid or cornrow as you can. Then pull it out .
Hair loss can be devastating. It can affect both men and woman alike. Genetics play a big part in hair loss. It also may come from how you maintenance your hair and scalp. Stress is known to exacerbate hair thinning as well.
There are however, some ways to fight hair loss… Check out these four hair loss prevention products!
Switch out your shampoo for one that’s targeted to help treat thinning
2. Supplements are another route to explore.
3. Use a stimulating scalp mask regularly to help cleanse and tone your scalp. “Hair grows its best from a healthy scalp that is free from flakes, excessive yeasts, and bacteria.
4. Minoxidil (Rogaine®) and Finasteride (Propecia®) are two popular hair loss remedies that have been proven to be effective at reducing hair loss and, in some cases, even growing new hair.
ARGH ! This has ALWAYS been a pet peeve of mine. Before these jheri curl lookin satin bonnets,you saw the silk scarf covering up a doobie or flat wrap. Or those velcro net wrap headbands.
Look. I am all for convenience. A lot of us have busy lives… You gotta take care of your kids. Maybe you work out. Maybe you work in a hot kitchen all day. For most black women,our hair is a very important part of our lives also. Some wanna keep a blow out “fresh” . Some are just hiding a mess because we “can’t get it done right now.” I have been in the hair game for about 17 yrs now and I hear it all lol ! But MY CLIENTS know better ! I better not catch you in these streets lookin crazy lol !
Here are five ways to avoid covering your head in a rag in public:
Keep it clean. If you can at least find the time to keep your hair shampooed and fresh. It can easily be put in a neat puff or ponytail.
Keep a comb,pick,some hair ties,and hair moisturizer handy. In your glove compartment,purse,gym locker,etc. Throw in your imagination and you can easily throw together a quick 5-10 look. Hey it will beat looking like a lunch lady.
Wear a transparent net over a ponytail or bun,if you work in food service. In the gym,wear a head band and put your hair in a ponytail/bun.
Wear a cute hat or head wrap.
Change up your hairstyle. Some hair styles are too high maintenance and expensive to keep up. This is another major reason why a lot of woman keep their hair covered. If you have a lot on your plate,and can’t keep up the maintenance of a style,you should opt for something else. Braids,wigs,getting a low cut are all lower maintenance styles.
One of the hardest hairstyles (next to being bald) to pull off is the fade. Now that the weather is warmer many woman are looking for cooler style options. Also busy lifestyles and workout regimens play a part in a woman’s hairstyle choices.
If you have the confidence, you can pull off anything,BUT…. For some, having the right facial features and bone structure,can make the difference between looking too hard or incredibly sexy. Honestly, I have seen some women with a really nice fade,but it just did not fit their facial features. They had the right idea,and barber/stylist,but they just couldn’t “sell the look”. Makeup,and accessories also help A LOT. So if this is the look you have decided to rock,do you! Because ultimately at the end of the day,it is how the person who is wearing the look feels while wearing it.
Well, it’s that time of the year and many women are turning to braid and cornrow styles. They are the most convenient way to keep your hair looking maintained and stylish in the summer heat. But even though this protective style is low maintenance, it still has to be MAINTENANCED. Protective styles should only stay in for a month at a time. 2 months maximum. Any longer than that and your new growth will stretch and damage. This completely negates the point of protective styling. In addition to this, your braided style will also need to be cleansed. Sweating,dust and dirt causes odor. Conditioning afterwards isn’t necessary. Masks and conditioners tend to loosen braids because of their silken qualities. Conditioners will certainly affect the wear life span and often times will cut it in half. Use hydrating shampoos and oils sprays on braided hairstyles instead. I attached a video demonstrating the cleansing of a braided style below.