The Struggle is Real!
You have tried everything and you are desperate. Hair loss can be embarrassing, but you’re not the first to through with it. You’ve tried Jamaican black castor oil that your sister recommended, you’ve even tried garlic and onion juice (I’m not judging you!).
Why Is My Hairline Breaking?
There are many medical reasons why your hairline is thinning – aging, stress, postpartum pregnancy, weight loss, traction alopecia and other scalp conditions. You should never feel alone, it can happen to anyone and there’s nothing to feel ashamed about. Your hairline is the most sensitive part of your hair. It takes a lot of stress and tension. Which is why if you are trying to grow back your hairline, you’re going to have to give up a few bad habits.
Stop with the tight hairstyles. Just Stop.
Stop with the tight weaves and wigs
Stop with the tight braids.
Yes, they look good, your colleagues have been complimenting you, you almost got that promotion, your partner is happy and life is good… but your hairline is struggling.
The pressure on your hair follicles can cause them to be damaged for good. We’ve seen the horror stories. We don’t want to be the horror stories. Bleeding edges and scalp sores are not okay. You are worth more than that.
I know, it’s not easy to tell your hairstylist not to pull so tightly. Maybe she’s already complaining that you brought a wide-toothed comb with you or “Sisi, do you want to die? I can’t plait this… this kinky natural hair!” (That’s for another post!). But if you want to grow your hairline, you’ve got to leave your hairline alone.
Solution? You can try loser hairstyles, or buy secure wigs that won’t stress your hairline. Be prepared to wear wigs for the next 6 months at least, while you grow your hair.
Start Daily Hair Massages
Start massaging your scalp at night daily. Massaging stimulates blood circulation to your hair follicles which is needed to grow your hair. Vitamin E, peppermint oil and cold-pressed castor oil are my weapons of choice. Read more about them here.
Start Washing Your Hair More
Healthier scalp leads to healthier hair. You need to make sure that your hair follicles are not clogged up. Once you’ve used a good clarifying soap or shampoo, condition your hair well.
Start sleeping on a satin/silk pillowcase.
Satin and silk cause less friction than cotton, that’s less breakage on your edges.
Less breakage = stronger hair.
Make sure your hair is covered in a silk or satin bonnet when you sleep.
Start Taking Care of Your Health
Consult your doctor about taking MSM and Vitamin C. If your doctor agrees, these supplements can have a positive impact on your hair growth. MSM, methylsulfonylmethane, is a sulfur-based compound that is naturally found in many of the foods we consume. Think milk, onion even green leafy veggies. After salt, it’s the largest compound found in the body and is needed for building healthy bones, hair and nails.
Another issue we don’t talk about often enough is mental health. Are you stressed, anxious or maybe feeling depressed? Unhealthy mental environments don’t just affect your overall health, but the health of your hair too. Speak to people. Focus on your inner well-being and remember that you deserve to be happy, you deserve good things and you are absolutely worth it.
Are you struggling with your hairline?
Have you tried any of these tips?
Let us know in the comments what’s been working for you!