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!). If you haven’t yet, read our 5 tips to grow longer, healthier hair. First Things First Remember that getting your hairline back is about healthy hair habits and healthy products. Using a product alone will not help maintain your hairline. You need to put these tips in practice. 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. THINGS TO STOP DOING Stop with the tight hairstyles. Stop with the tight weaves and wigs. Stop with the tight braids. Stop with tight ponytails and updos. 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. 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. You can also keep your hair in twists, but leave your baby hairs out. Be gentle on your edges or ask your hair stylist to be gentler on your edges. If you braid your hair and it doesn’t loosen after a couple of days, or sores form because it’s too tight, take the hairstyle out. You are damaging your hair follicles. Don’t tie your hair up tightly for long periods of time, this places a strain on your hair follicles and we don’t want that. THINGS TO START DOING Start Daily Hair Massages THIS. I cannot emphasize this enough. 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 (or Jamaican Black castor oil) are my weapons of choice. If you don’t have time to do your whole head, just massage your edges. Read more about scalp massages here. MOISTURE ME DAILY SPRITZ QUICK TIP: You can also add castor oil and peppermint oil to your shampoo and conditioner to strengthen their benefits. Start Sleeping on a Satin/Silk Pillowcase/ Bonnet There are two reasons why you want to use satin or silk when you sleep. Satin and silk will not absorb the moisture in your hair like cotton will. Number 2, Satin cause less friction than cotton and 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. If you don’t have a silk pillow, and your bonnet keeps falling off, try this: wrap a silk scarf around your pillow. 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, a clay or diluted Apple Cider Vinegar, you can condition your hair as well. You can try water washes or wash your hair with sulfate free shampoos once every two weeks. If your hair feels itchy, wash it, massage your scalp or spritz your scalp with diluted apple cider vinegar and rinse with water. AFRICAN BLACK SOAP 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. Most of the popular hair vitamins have MSM as the main component. Mental Health 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!