Edges: Get Some

Wanted: Edges

Edges are great accessories.

Want to impress your date? Show up with some edges. Need to give your puff that extra oomph? Add edges. Want a hairline tighter than Mr. Hightower‘s? Edges.

Unfortunately, after years of relaxers, chemical processing, and bad hair practices many of us have all but destroyed our precious hairlines. We’ve sacrificed our bountiful edges for beauty and style.

What a shame.

But don’t worry. I’m here to help you reclaim your right to a full, healthy hairline. Here are the main offenders preventing you from having the hair you deserve.

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  • Ponytails/Puffs

Even I’m not immune to The Ponytail Pitfall. They’re quick, easy,…and can wreck havoc on your hairline. Ponytails and puffs in themselves aren’t bad. It’s trying to snatch up every hair that causes damage. And wearing one in the same place day after day can cause breakage.


Keep your ponytail or puff loose and comfortable. You should be able to touch your head down in every direction without feeling anything pull. If you do, loosen that piece of hair. If you’re worried about your edges looking unkempt, use the gel-and-scarf method to lay them down. And don’t wear your pony in the same spot every day.Rapper Coolio

  • Braids

If your braids cause pain when they’re moved, bumps around your hairline, or changes in your eye shape, they’re too tight. Some years ago I lost a braid and the hair it was attached to. Trust me, it wasn’t pretty. (A moment of silence for my fallen soldier.) Learn from my mistake or risk looking like Coolio. You’ve been warned.


Be kind to your hairline and leave those fragile hairs out. If you can’t bear to give them their freedom, make the braids in those areas bigger than the rest to minimize tension. Also try to give your hair time to “relax” between braid styles, at least two weeks if possible.

Heat Tools

  • Heat

Heat tools like flat irons, blow dryers, and hot combs rob your hair of moisture, especially when they’re used on a regular basis. Heat abuse can spell disaster for fragile edges. Hair that is already coated with product becomes dangerously weak when coupled with heat as sometimes the product can actually increase the temperature of the tool being used. Yikes!


Limit your heat usage and always use some type of thermal protectant or barrier. When using heat appliances, try the lowest temperature needed to achieve the look you want. But remember, every time you use heat you risk permanent damage, no matter how cautious you are.hair products

  • Products

Be careful what you put in your hair. Many of the products we use to “lay down” our edges are laden with petroleum and mineral oil (which block moisture) and certain alcohols (which dry hair out). Using these products every day to achieve a certain look can lead to dry hair and, eventually, breakage. Goodbye, edges. Hello, Naomi Campbell.


Moisturize your situation. Look for products that provide control without using damaging ingredients. (SD alcohol and propyl alcohol are at the top of the list to avoid.) As I Am Smoothing Gel and Eco Styler are popular choices. If you prefer more natural options, aloe vera and flasxseed gel are good alternatives.

 What did I miss, fam? Let me know your secrets to healthy edges in the comments.

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14 Responses so far.

  1. Alethea says:

    Not understanding the saying ,leave it alone. I’ve found that people don’t understand that when grow ing it back in they actually have to leave the hairline alone for about a year or so. It will grow in if you leave it alone. They never believe me when I say that I grew mine back in by leaving it. I’ve had locs for 4 years and have grown 4 locs on my hairline as thick as my little finger each in the last 2 years.

    • nappy headed black girl says:

      This is pretty much my philosophy for hair care period lol Leave it be. I’m all about basics: keep it clean and well moisturized.

      What caused your weak hairline? Was it from the dreads?

  2. Vee says:

    lol…that coolio pic had me rolling. You made my evening because I’ve been sick all day.

    Great tips. Can I reblog?

  3. cb says:

    wanted edges…leave them alone, keep them moisturized…if it looks “nappy” so be it…leave them alone for about 3 months…wait and see…growth!

    • nappy headed black girl says:

      Another proponent of the “leave it be” camp. I’m with you. As women, though, I know it’s hard for a lot of us to take the hands-off approach. We’re often pressured to look a certain way by those close to us. On top of that many of us like to experiment with different styles and techniques.

  4. Zainab 1 says:

    Great post. With great points People often forget how sensitive the hairline is and we must be just as cautious and gentle with our hairline as we are with every other part of our hair.
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  5. Whitney says:

    I so agree about product and manipulation, we’ve caused bad damage. My edges have recovered and now the gray is rushing in, but I don’t mind. My hair is healthy and I love it.
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  6. Sally says:

    Okay, no offense to the article. But i found this article very offensive. Let me tell you something as a little girl I grew up with not so thick edges but not so thin edges ethier. Some people dont know how to take care of their hair Saying “Hello nioambi campbell” are you serious? Thankfully my edges are growing in fully and healthy now. If you ACTUALLY researched niombi campbell has alopecia. Thats something that alot of people have and cant control. So for you to sit there and make fun of peoples thin edges. TAKE a look at yourself and really think about what you post before you post it because some people cant control their issues with their hair…

    • Thanks for commenting.

      Yes, I’m aware of both regular alopecia and traction alopecia, which is caused by tension and tight pulling, which is what this post addresses. Alopecia and TA are different. TA can be prevented and controlled.

      If you reread the intro you’ll see I mentioned chemicals and bad hair practices…things we can control, not alopecia.

      I’ve never seen any confirmation that Naomi Campbell has alopecia, only speculation from bloggers and news reports that she may have traction alopecia, which they think was caused by hairline tension from constant weaves (preventable). Can you provide a link for me? I like to be informed.

  7. Vanessa says:

    My hair fell out on both side, can you please suggest what I can do

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