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9 Tips For Maintaining Healthy Strong Edges

Published On October 5, 2015 | By Aishia Strickland | Hair

Edges are a hot topic among Chocolate Curl Beauties, mainly because they have become at risk.  With all the styling options available some women are sacrificing their edges in the name of beauty.  We’re here to tell you there is a solution and we want to share 9 edge saving tips to avoid this tragic pitfall.

1. Know Your Hair

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You simply may have fine hair or your genetics won’t let you be great, however understanding these elements are beneficial in keeping your hair as healthy as possible.

2. Limit Tension

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Tight ponytails, tight bonnets, tight braids and heavy hair extensions are not ideal for creating a healthy environment for strong edges. We know you want your braids, ponys and extensions to last but we strongly believe that sacrificing your edges isn’t worth it.  Also make sure you beauties are only allowing experienced braiders at your scalp…getting a $50 dolla holla is not worth the heartache and pain you will suffer when your edges are compromised.

3. Avoid Excessive Use of Gels

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Yes you want to have those edges lay down for the Gods but using loads of gel can backfire, leaving your edges fragile and broken.

 

4. Add Follicle Cleaning/Stimulating Products to Your Regimen

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Follicle Cleaning/Stimulating products are known to stimulate growth by cleaning out the follicles and stimulating the scalp.  Such products include Jamaican Black Castor oil, Peppermint and Jojoba oil and Aloe Vera.  Jamaican black castor oil is scientifically proven to remove toxins and impurities from the scalp.  Peppermint Essential Oil is an antibacterial, known for removing impurities causing growth obstructions. Its cooling effect also relaxes the follicle, promoting healthy hair growth. Since Jojoba is the oil closest to that of our own natural oils, it is the best choice for a carrier oil. A soothing carrier oil is crucial when using Peppermint Oil because of how potent it can be. As for Aloe Vera it contains anti-bacterial properties to help you maintain a build-up-free scalp. While unclogging, it also balances and restores the pH, aiding in hair growth, shine and overall health.

5. Eat Right and Exercise

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It sounds cliche but it’s true…eating right and exercising is uber important in the journey to healthy strong edges.  Eating a balanced diet of healthy proteins (after all the hair is made up of keratin which is a known protein) loaded with essential vitamins is very important.  As for exercise it’s known to increase blood flow which is known to deliver the nutrients needed for optimal hair growth.

6. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

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Nothing to see here…moisturizing is important to overall hair growth but it’s essential and it’s so key and very important that we point it out.

7. Reevaluate the Brand or Strength of Your Relaxer

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While we believe there is nothing worse than a bad relaxer however we think that it’s even worse when a bad relaxer collides with fragile hair follicles.  Not all relaxers are made the same and you along with your stylist should be very mindful of the relaxer brands and strengths that are being used.

8. Stay Clear of Products That Contain Alcohol

Hair products that contain alcohols have the ability to make the hair dry and frizzy.  The tresses of Chocolate Curl Beauty’s needs all the moisture it can get, so avoiding products that contain drying alcohols is pivotal to overall hair growth.

9. Take a Break

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Anything done in excess never leads to a pleasant outcome.  So beauties, please take some time away from your sew-ins, your braids and even your relaxers before re-installing or reapplying to your scalp.  Trust us your edges will thank you later.

Listen ladies at the end of the day no one want’s to be that girl…you know…

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About The Author

Editor of Chocolate Curls Beauty, Co-Creator of the 30dayhairdetox, Contributor to BlackDoctor.org , Beauty School Student and Full-Time Mom to a little Chocolate Prince.