Of all the hair types, Afro hair is by far the most fragile. It is for this reason that women of Afro-Caribbean descent are particularly prone to hair loss conditions.
This hair loss is caused by the fundamentally different physical structure of each strand, making it much easier to snap. Breakage and thinning commonly occurs around the edges/ hair line and there are a number of reasons for this.
Figure out WHAT you are doing to your hair to cause your edges to break or thin.
What could be causing the edges of your hair to break?
+ Pulling your hair back into tight ponytails
+ Wearing your braids too tight so much so that they make your eyes slant upwards
+ Using styling products with alcohol in them. Alcohol products can dr dry out your hair
+ Using chemical products, e.g relaxers, perms, dying your hair too often
+ You neglect your edges when applying product
+ Wearing polyester, rayon, nylon or cotton scarves/ head-wraps to bed at night, to protect your hairstyle- These materials can cut and rip hair at the hairline.
+ Wearing hats too frequently and too tightly
Once you have established what it is you are guilty of doing that may be causing your hair line to weaken, you are half way to solving the problem. Identify the problem, eliminate it, then you need to start stimulating you hair growth by moisturising your hair daily, or twice day if u can fit it in.
Ways to prevent your edges from thinning and promote growth
+ Vary your hairstyles or change the way you tie your hair back
+ Don't put your hair into styles that put tension on the sides of your hair
+ Try and stretch out the period of time between which you chemically treat your hair
+ Don't wear hats and headbands too often
+ Oil your edges often (at least once a day)
+ Don't neglect your edges when distributing product throughout your hair
+ Always try to use silk head wraps and pillow cases as they help lock the moisture in
The key thing is to make sure you are showing your edges love. I hope this helps. I am going to start using Jamaican Castor Oil on mine as I have heard nothing but great things about it. I will let you know if it's any good.x