Your edges are a significant part of your hairstyle. Whether you choose to lay them down with your favorite edge control or let them do their own thing, the health of your edges is likely important to you. Here are five things you can do right now to help improve the health of your edges!
Avoid damage from heat tools.
Heat tools in and of themselves are not a bad thing, but you must be careful when it comes to applying heat, particularly to your edges. Hair burns at around 451°F, so temperatures that high should be avoided. Your edges are usually more exposed than the rest of your hair to things like the weather, or materials, such as hats and scarves. As such, they may be more brittle than the rest of your hair.
If you are going to style your edges with a heat tool, use a heat protectant. This will help reduce the chances of your hair experiencing any heat-related damage. As a general rule, never take a direct heat tool to your hair when it’s wet. This includes things like flat irons, hot combs, and curling irons. The steam from your wet hair can burn your scalp, and applying direct heat to wet hair is bad for the health of your hair.
Hydrate your edges
Your hair is like a plant it needs nutrition and hydration to grow. Being that your hairline is the site of a lot of interaction, it’s likely to become dried more often and more easily than the rest of our hair; as such, restoring hydration is crucial for the health of your edges. Additionally, you’ll want to be mindful of hydration stripping materials like cotton pillowcases. Cotton of any kind will pull moisture from your edges, drying them out.
The Vitalize Hair and Scalp Treatment Oil is a special proprietary blend that nourishes the hair and scalp, offering maximum hydration. It also helps reduce scalp inflammation. Massaging the oil into your edges can help stimulate them, and the warmth from your hands will help the oil penetrate the hair and scalp better. If you are sleeping on a cotton pillowcase, switch it to the Vitalize Silk Pillowcase. This Pillowcase is specially designed for comfort and will help your hair and skin retain moisture while you sleep.
Be selective about your edge controls
Many edge controls contain drying alcohols. The alcohol helps the product dry faster once applied, but it will also dry out your edges. Dry edges mean a few things; firstly, your scalp may flake, and your edges could become brittle and more susceptible to damage. Dry skin is also prone to cracking. All those micro-cracks are like little doorways for bacteria to enter which can lead to infection. It’s a bad situation all around. If your scalp becomes inflamed (like it would if infected), the inflammation could choke off the hair’s nutrients supply, causing thinning and falling hair.
Don’t use edge controls with drying alcohols. If you want to improve the health of your edges while you style, then the Vitalize Edge Control is for you! It is alcohol-free and contains active ingredients that hydrate the hair, stimulates hair growth, and provides heat protection from heat styling tools!
Stimulate your edges
On average, we lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair a day, and we can lose about 50% of our hair volume before it starts to become noticeable. Thinning edges can occur for a number of reasons, including alopecia, inflammation, and stress. It’s best to address hair loss sooner than later.
What does it take for hair to grow? The answer is proper nutrition, hydration, and a healthy scalp. The first two are easy enough to understand; however, having a healthy scalp can be a little more complicated. If you are looking for a product that has been clinically proven to help restore your scalp’s natural dermal biome and reawaken your hair growth, then consider the Vitalize Follicle Stem Cell Serum.
Give your edges a break
Excessive combing, yanking, and manipulating your edges while styling can cause hair breakage and traction alopecia (hair loss due to pulling). If overdone, it can lead to thinning edges. So give your hair a break now and then.
Protective hairstyles. A protective style is any hairstyle that frees up your hair from daily manipulation (you can go days or weeks without having to style your hair). The purpose of a protective style is to promote hair growth; styles like two-strand twists, box braids, or twist-outs are considered protective styles. However, it comes with a caveat. Do not have protective styles installed too tightly; this can cause traction alopecia.
Doing even a single one of these things can help keep your edges around for a long time, but combining them will give you the tools and resources for your edges to thrive! If you are ready to step up your edge game, call us at 800-800-7577 now!