Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I do Solemny swear to preserve and protect my edges

“Aw man! What's going on with ole gurl's edges?” Maybe even you've asked this about your own hair. There are two main causes of this problem: chemical abuse wrought by relaxers and texturizers and daily hair care/styling practices.

When we subject our hair and scalp to such harsh chemicals, there are going to be adverse effects,one of them thinning edges. The best way to combat this is to immediately stop using all chemicals; but I guess if you're reading this you're in transition or already natural.

Women who have just bc'ed (big chopped) and have short hair tend to style it tightly in order to keep the short hair in check. For instance,your afro puff is cute,but it may be a lil' too tight. Stylin' and profiling' can be done, but not at the cost of your edges.

Loosen up, literally;try a new style if that doesn't work. Wearing tight scalp braids,micro
braids, and glueing in tracks are also big no-no's. You shouldn't need a bottle of Tylenol
after getting your hair done. Tell the stylist to go easy; If you're too intimidated to do
so,then it's time to find a new stylist.

Another culprit may be using a gel with too much protein. Protein is good, but
like everything else it's only good in moderation. Excess amounts can harden the hair
causing it to snap off. Instead of that protein-enriched gel, try IC Fantasia or Eco styling
gel. They always relax my rebelous edges.
There are a few ways to reverse these effects and get your edges to be lush
(again) .Try massaging the scalp with rosemary-infused evoo*. It's not so hard to loosen
your hair accessories from around your hairline. More obviously you should be more gentle when brushing and
combing your edges into submission. It may take a while, but you will notice a difference. And remember, don't sacrifice the health of your hair for the sake of looking

* If you can't find rosemary-infused oil or don't want to make it yourself, then add10
drops of rosemary essential oil and 4 drops peppermint essential oil to 4oz. Of evoo(extra
virgin olive oil) or any natural,organic oil of your choice.