HERE’S HOW YOU CAN RESTORE YOUR EDGES:
1. RELEASE TENSION: Newbies make the mistake of always wearing their natural tresses in a puff. Usually pulled back a tight elastic band, this is a major no-no. After a while, it starts to tug and pull at your edges, making them fragile and thin. Regular ponytail wearers should also take heed. Don’t wear a ponytail style for longer than two days. Let your hair breathe.
2. STOP INFLAMMATION: Inflammation is the culprit for most hair loss. The scalp may be damaged or irritated, causing the edges to thin and fall out. If you have a sensitive scalp plagued by psoriasis or dermatitis, sometimes oils can make it worse. Try switching to pure vegetable glycerin for your edge and scalp remedy. Those who can use oils should try massaging Jamaican black castor oil onto the area everyday.
3. LEAVE OUT YOUR EDGES IN PROTECTIVE STYLES: Make a special request to your stylist to leave out your edges when getting a faux curly style to ensure that they will not be pulled to the high heavens for six to eight weeks. When wearing braids, tell your braider that your edges should be braided securely but NOT tight.
4. USE ROSEMARY & THYME ESSENTIAL OIL (SOOTHING FOR DRY EDGES): These are both anti-inflammatory and soothing when added to carrier oils like olive, sesame and castor. If the herby scent is a bit much for you, add several drops of grapefruit or lemon essential oil for a yummier aroma. Rosemary & thyme both encourage growth and give the slightest tingling sensation that increases blood circulation to your edges.
5. USE A CONDITIONING POMADE: Your Shine ’N Jam Shea Edges is formulated with nourishing shea butter to strengthen edges. You want to make sure to use a silkening agent that conditions your strands.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN STYLE YOUR EDGES BETTER:
1. PINEAPPLE PUFF: Before bed, slick your edges down with your Shine & Jam Black Castor Oil & Flaxseed Oil Styler. Pineapple the rest of your hair and you’ll wake up with sleek edges.
2. BRUSH AND BIND: DO use a toothbrush on edges: Employ your old-school technique to really slick up unruly edges. Use a dollop of the gel on dry or wet hair and brush away.
3. KEEP IT DAMP: Damp, not wet hair, slicks up the best: Your hair doesn’t have to be soaking wet to be easily manipulated. In fact, the gel adheres better when your tresses are damp.
4. GET THE RIGHT BRUSH: Boar bristle brush to the rescue: This is the BEST brush to use with this gel. It catches nearly every single hair and works with any texture.
How do you condition and style your edges now?