How to take care of hair edges

The hair edges are the most fragile part of our hair. They frame the face but break so easily, this is why it is really important to protect them. It takes time to get the hair edges looking healthy but once you start giving it some attention, it blossoms. Here are some ways to help take care of your hair edges:

Do not use heat

I haven’t used heat on my hair in years and my hair thanks me for it. If you want to grow your edges back, one way to do this is to stop using heat. The hair edges are the most fragile part of your hair. If you want to take good care of them, you should apply no heat to your hair edges.

Deep condition your hair

Deep conditioning your hair regularly is a great way to grow your hair (and the edges). You can deep condition your hair twice a month or as often as your hair needs. This will help keep your hair strong and healthy.

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Moisturise the hair edges

It is important to moisturise your hair on a daily basis. The hair edges are the most vulnerable part of the hair so they need extra moisture. I moisturise my entire hair with natural coconut oils and focus a bit more on the edges.

Protect your hair while you sleep

Now this tip is a big one for many of us because our fragile hair edges could get damaged while we sleep. I always wrap my hair in a silk scarf and bonnet for extra protection before I sleep. I make sure I tie the scarf on my forehead and not on the edges to avoid friction. Also, I sleep on silk pillowcases.

Ease off on wigs and protective hair styles

Sometimes it is important to give the hair a break from protective hairstyles and wigs. Just letting the hair be in a loose hair style is a great way to nourish and protect the hair edges. Also, when you do decide to put your hair in a protective style, you can leave out the hair edges to preserve them.

How do you care for your hair edges?

 

Tips for caring for your natural 4C hair

The journey to loving and embracing my natural 4c hair has been long but I can finally say I have gotten there. I love all aspects of my hair; the coarseness, dryness, and all. It is growing like a weed these days as I mentioned in my last hair related post and I am happy with the look. My 4c hair needs a lot of tender loving care and lots of oils. I mix my hair oils and I really like how they leave my hair so moisturised and healthy. Caring for your natural 4c hair is not easy. I almost gave up because I didn’t know what to do right and what I was doing wrong.

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Tips for caring for your natural 4C hair

Here are ways to care for your natural 4c hair –

Wash your hair every 2 weeks

For 4c hair, it is best to wash it every 2 weeks. Washing the hair too frequently will make it even drier. The hair products massaged into the hair need time to work their magic. Washing the hair every 2 weeks will keep the hair clean without stripping off the moisture.

Moisturise the hair every day

I moisturise my hair at least twice a day with hair oils, morning, and last thing before I go to bed. My hair gets really dry and I find that it needs more moisture than normal. Moisturising your hair every day will keep the hair long and healthy. Skipping the moisturising bit is not an option for me and it shouldn’t be.

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Keep your hair tools clean

I wash all my hair tools regularly to ensure they are clean for when I need them. The last thing your hair needs is s dirty comb. Dirty tools cause hair breakage, dandruff, and an itchy scalp.

No heat

I can’t remember the last time I have used a hairdryer or any form of heat on my hair. I air dry my hair when I wash and it dries quickly. Excessive heat can damage the hair, which is why I rather stay clear from any form of heat except there is no other way around it.

Careful with the protective styles

I have not had my hair in cornrows for over 3 months now. My hair stays in loose plaits and twists most of the time. I believe this has helped my hair grow even more. Some of the protective styles can damage our hairline. It is also not easy to moisture the hair properly when it is cornrows. You can only moisturise the scalp but not the actual hair. It is also very tricky to give the hair a proper wash when it is in a protective style. These are some of the reasons why I decided to not visit my hairdresser for some time and manage my hair on my own, so I can properly care for it. The rate at which my hair is now growing tells me I made the right decision.

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What do you think of these tips for caring for your natural 4c hair? How do you care for your hair? Do you have any tried and tested tips to share?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haircare Secrets of the Stars

I got this amazing book – How to be adorned; A girl’s guide to Hollywood glamour by Caroline Cox. The amazing book is about all things beauty and I was reading a chapter about haircare secrets of the stars the other day. I found the chapter really interesting. It was fun to dig into all the beauty tips of the stars like a fly on the wall. Here are some of my favourite hair care tips from the book  –

Constance Bennett

Constance Bennett was an American stage, film, radio, and television actress. This beauty washed her hair every 2 weeks (like I do) with soap and eggs! After washing her hair with soap, she would rub in whites of 2 eggs into her hair and rinse it all off with hot water, then warm water and finally cold water.

Irene Dunne

Irene Dunne was an American actress and singer. Her haircare secret was rubbing in hot oil into her hair 3 three hours before washing, followed by a vinegar rinse. She washed her hair once every 3 weeks.

Eva Longoria

The beautiful Eva Longoria touches her roots with hairspray and eyeshadow the same shade as her hair dye to blend in. I think this tip is one to remember. I love her hair.

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Madonna

Madonna loves showing off her roots. She intentionally lets them show to create an edgy look undone look and it works great for her.

Jerry Hall

Jerry Hall washes her hair once a week and doesn’t use a blow-dry. She allows her hair air dry and uses French mink oil on the ends of her hair.

Jennifer Lopez

The beautiful Jennifer Lopez aka JLO rinses her hair with mineral water to flatten the cuticles and help the hair stay shiny. No wonder her hair is always looking so good.

Do you have a tried and tested hair care tip to share?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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