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BN Beauty: “Help, I’m Losing My Hairline”! Find Out 7 Reasons Why You have Receding Edges

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The topic of hair line loss or scanty edges is one that affects a lot of women with different hair types. So, I have decided to help you out in that area.

Your edges have a major role to play in your beauty – they help frame your face and are more or less the introductory paragraph to your hair especially when it’s parked or put in a protective hairstyle.

In today’s topic, I’m going to list a few reasons why you may be having problems with your hairline like Naomi Campbell, and of course how to fix it.

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First of all, you should note that we all have different hairlines – so you should not compare your hairline to that of your friend’s. There are 2 common hairlines out there;

Widow’s Peak: This is basically when your hairline has a V-Shape at the front; and the rest of the hairline is further back.
Round Hairline: This is one of the more common hairlines. In this case the hairline falls into a perfect semi-circle around the forehead. Please note that there are other types out there, and these are just 2 of them.

So, why is your hairline receding?

1. Your edge control is drying out your hair
I know we like to achieve the ‘sleek’ look on a daily basis, but your hairline will do better if you only use your edge control about three times a week.

This is because some (most) edge controls contain alcohol and other ingredients that cause drying and eventually leads to breakage. Constant use of these products in the same area will definitely lead to a receding hairline.

A quick trick is to spray a little water on your hairline, apply a dollop of shea butter and scarf for 20 mins (You can do this before you shower). Your edges will look as sleek as they would if you use any edge control; but the shea butter is all natural and will not dry out your hairline. Below are the results of spraying water and using shea butter on my edges.

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2. Your hair is very fine
Edges are among the most fragile parts of your hair, and the pulling and grabbing naturally involved in styling can put strain on them.

This usually happens when you use a hard brush too often on your edges or your hair in general. Women with fine hair have a harder time with their hairlines. If your strands are fragile and prone to breakage, then you need a gentle hair styling and maintenance routine.

Also when it comes to manipulating your hair and edges; cut back on the edge control and styles that involve pulling your hair back too tight such has ponytails and high buns.

3. You cornrow, flat twist and pull your ponytails too tight
Yes, we all want our edges to look ‘sharp’, ‘sleek’ and ‘on fleek’, but we also have to be realistic. If your hair is very kinky or coily, then the likelihood is that your edges will also have a bit of texture and fuzz to them.

As discussed in our first point, if you want your edges to lay down without having to use any harsh products, spray them with some water and apply shea butter. This should lay them down and smooth them without the use of excessive pulling or a hard brush. If you notice that your hairline has started receding, cut back on the braids, cornrows and ponytails as they pull too tight on the hairline.

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Check out other hairstyles you can try out with your natural hair if you are taking a break from braids, weaves and cornrows here.

4. Your headband and/or bonnet is doing the damaging
Any hair accessory that applies tension or has an elastic band can do possible damage to your edges.

If the elastic of your satin bonnet is creating bald spots, try pulling it down further on your head, or even over your ears. Headbands can also do damage if they’re too tight or used excessively. Figure out how much your hair hairline can take, and adjust your usage accordingly. They also affect your nape area and you can end up with this type of breakage.

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Anything rubbing against your hairline (forehead or nape area) can cause damage in the long run.

5. You have postpartum shedding and hair loss
Sometimes all the pregnancy hormones can affect your hair negatively. New mothers have reported nearly losing their hairlines after giving birth. This is very natural and if this is the reason why your hairline is falling out, you can massage your hairline daily with warm castor oil.
Warming the castor oil will further stimulate the hair follicles in your hairline and encourage growth.

6. You are not moisturizing them
When applying product to your hair, edges and ends are often overlooked. Make sure you treat both sections with TLC (Tender Loving Care). The hair that isn’t moisturized in general leads to dryness which in turn leads to breakage.

To avoid this, spray your hairline with some water every 2 – 3 days, apply moisturizer of choice and then seal with some oil – castor oil or olive oil works best. Don’t forget to use a silk/satin scarf at night to prevent the hair from rubbing against your cotton fabric pillowcase or you could go for a satin pillowcase if you don’t like to tie anything on your head at night.

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7. You have hand-in-hair syndrome
Do you fiddle with your hair when you’re nervous? If you’re in the habit of twirling the hair around your edges, you could be creating bald spots. Go for an up-do if you find that letting your hair down leads to you constantly touching it!

Hope this post helps you if you are having issues with your hairline! And if you have solutions that can help, share them with us.

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39 Comments

  1. purple showers

    June 8, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Sheabutter & water? Seriously? hmmmm…… i have learnt something new today. Many thanks for this info.

    • itsjusme

      June 8, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      it worked for me….my edges were sooo bad….also castor oil helps to thicken the hair

  2. Miss_Flygerian

    June 8, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Shea butter and water…who would have thought? Will try it soon. Thanks Sharms.

    • Sharms

      June 8, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      Yep! Don’t forget to scarf them down for a few minutes (20 – 30) to help them stay in place

  3. Damie

    June 8, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Yeah very useful tips…most ladies do very very tight hairstyles that weaken their front line, not only that but it comes with great pain too…I admonish more women to do less damaging hairstyles, like wearing wigs and natural updo’s. This would give the hair the much moisture it needs to grow.

  4. Fols

    June 8, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks for these useful tips, will surely give them a go.

  5. Ama

    June 8, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Please give ideas on products to use to treat this kind of problem

    • Stitch

      June 9, 2015 at 12:08 am

      Mix equal amounts of Castor Oil and Pure Coconut Oil, with drops (I add a lot) of eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils. Massage on your scalp (I massage in a circular motion for 5 -10 minutes) and apply on your hair regularly, you’ll see great results. For sleek edges like she said, Shea butter, I also use unrefined cocoa butter; I mix both of them together.

    • Sharms

      June 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Castor oil is my number 1 go to!

  6. Onetallgirl

    June 8, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Oh God! I have a bad habit of playing with my edges when I’m studying and taking a test! I didn’t know it was harming my edges. Very good and useful post! Thank you Sharms!

    • Sharms

      June 9, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you for reading and commenting!!

  7. dobzi

    June 8, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Awesome post,very helpful, thanks

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    • Sharms

      June 9, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  8. nugsea

    June 8, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Very useful. Thanks for sharing.

  9. natu

    June 8, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Castor oil mixed with peppermint and eucalyptus is amazing. Most of my customers have seen great improvement by using my oil mix. Remember to eat greens and fruits. Stay away from styles that are detrimental to your hair line. Hope this was helpful ladies.

  10. cutenaijaGuy

    June 8, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Writers/ Authors/ BN Team – men need hair care advice too nah. Please give us tips as well.
    I am a guy and use the Silk scarf/ hair wrap also and it works. when you can fellas, protect ur edges/ scalp from the sun. wear hats.

  11. @edDREAMZ

    June 8, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said..
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    Thank God i be man i swear….
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  12. adaeze

    June 8, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    hand-in-hair syndrome is my middle name. dunno how to stop it oo.

  13. vaillis

    June 8, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    My case is quite depressing having receding hairline V shaped and it is terrible. Biko I need help sincere and genuine please. I have used a range of hair products presently on a mix of essential oils JBCO, lavender and rosemary for 3weeks havent seen improvements but I am hopeful. Please please can someone honestly without been selfish tell me what to I dont braid or fix hair been on wigs

    • Stitch

      June 9, 2015 at 12:14 am

      For 3 weeks? It’s not an automatic process. Be patient. It can take a while, it varies for people but it sure works. I lost by hairline through Ghana braids last year and I was able to get it back. I mixed Castor and Coconut Oils together with eucalyptus and peppermint essentials oils, I massaged my scalp regularly, almost everyday. I didn’t stress over it or pay too much attention to the growth, and in less than 2 months, I got my hairline back. I knew it wasn’t automatic but it helped. I also incorporated lots of onions and ginger in my diet. Then, I took folic acid and b complex vitamins.

    • Sharms

      June 9, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      3 weeks is definitely not enough time to see results. Additionally, make sure you are eating properly, drinking enough water and are healthy in general .

  14. itsjusme

    June 8, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    if your hairline is really bad…try the hair transplant or regaine for men

  15. jide

    June 9, 2015 at 2:29 am

    Please help me. I am number 7. I pull out my own edges mmyself. It’ss like afise and asasii. I can pull my edges for Africa. Pillow and couch with hair droppings. How can I stop ths horrible habit?

  16. Funmi

    June 9, 2015 at 9:39 am

    An easy option -BIOTIN!!!! I used pure biotin supplements to regrow my hairline. (Check Konga./Amazon) .They worked amazingly and were a cheaper alternative to the popular hairfinity which was way out of my budget,especially as a major ingredient in hairfinty IS biotin.

    I also recommend moisturizing hair especially dry breaking hair with shea butter,it works wonders ! It moisturizes hair and prevents breakage. If your hair is too dry especially when relaxed it will break off. Everytime I do a weave ,the leave out part would start breaking because I wouldn’t moisturize it often and it would get dry and break off. This is also why a lot of people who live in colder climates report their hair ”breaking” in the winter and try and do protective styles such as braids where no hair is left out.

    • Sharms

      June 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      I love shea butter!! I have not actually tried any of the hair supplements which is why I didn’t mention, but thanks for bringing it up. Thank you for reading!

    • Funmi

      June 10, 2015 at 2:13 am

      You’re welcome,thanks for the great article xxx

    • bee

      June 11, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you so much Funmi, just ordered from konga, my hair is in a very bad shape

  17. lollly

    June 9, 2015 at 9:39 am

    [email protected] na real afise. please go for deliverance

  18. VIv

    June 9, 2015 at 9:53 am

    I had that problem too and as I knew I would not be able to oil my hair religiously I used a brand of multivitamin tablets called perfectil.. It’s for hair skin and nails , but also treats unique areas like just the hair or skin or nails depending on the type u buy. I used the one for the hair and it really worked wonders in a reasonable time

  19. VIv

    June 9, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I use perfectil for hair,skin and nails- A multivitamin supplement. It works wonders. You can also find the one for just hair or skin or nails. It’s really good

  20. Deizy E.

    June 9, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Pls where can I get the essential oils and eucalyptus in Lagos,on the mainland..Most of the natural hair shops that sell these things are on the island

    • Boma

      June 9, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      You can always get them online, you can go on Konga. I live in PH and most of these places are in Lagos so you’re even lucky. I used to buy online from Vanity Oils, they’re no longer in production so I now buy from Estella’s Pride, a Lagos-based online shop. You Lagosians are lucky, almost everything is within reach.

  21. BoredinLagos

    June 9, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Surprised there wasnt a single mention of Anaemia. Not everything is caused by beauty trends, sometimes its medical. Yawn…..back to my search for something more engaging.

    • Sharms

      June 9, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Hey! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. As I am not a doctor, I usually do not like to include medical conditions in my posts as some ladies will have certain questions that I will be unable to answer. Hope you understand!

    • BoredinLagos

      June 9, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      Yeah i appreciate your honesty. Its just that for many years me along with some others that i know used all sorts of beauty treatment to cure Alopecia. I was diagnosed with anaemia about 5 years ago and even then, not one of the doctors that have treated me then mentioned hair loss, brittle nails, cold feet and fingers as one of the many symptoms. It would have saved me a lot of stress and worry, and i could have invested all the money i spent on products on iron supplement. I got a second opinion outside Nigeria and i’ve been on iron since then, needless to say my hair and nails are doing pretty well.

    • Kelly

      June 9, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      yeah. People forgot that beauty starts inside our bodies first. We need to feed our bodies with the right stuff. If your iron levels are low, no amount of castor or coconut oil will grow your hairline.

    • Sharms

      June 9, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      Yes definitely!

  22. isaid!!

    June 9, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Please where can one get PERFECTIL supplements. i think i would like to give it a try cos i have dry, and brittle nails. in addition to very dry hair. i am going to start using the sheabutter and water treatment immediately.

    • Funmi

      June 10, 2015 at 2:18 am

      I recommend just buying pure biotin(the main ingredient). I have used all sorts of supplements until a professional advised me. A main ingredient in Perfectil is BIOTIN (as it is in most supplements claiming to grow hair /nails). You can buy pure biotin which will always be cheaper and equally as potent as any rebranded one. If you live in Nigeria ,I get mine from Konga for cheap. If you are abroad try Amazon.

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