How to Regrow & Prevent A Busted Hairline

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Let’s talk about how receding hairlines happen in the first place. 

Receding hairlines are a type of progressive hair loss. We do not lose our edges overnight unless of course you have a horrible sense of humour. Over time and sometimes prematurely we begin to lose hair. While some women experience this type of hair loss, it is most often a problem for men. 

Genetics, nutrition, stress-related illness, hormonal imbalances, certain medications and scalp infections are some of the main causes of sparse edges or hair loss. For most people mechanical hair breakage occurs because of the way they manipulate their hair through styling or rough handling.

Your thin edges may be purely genetic or a result of ageing. It could be an underlying or diagnosed health issue such as a thyroid disorder, alopecia,lupus or a scalp infection. It could also be postpartum hair loss if you've recently had a baby. 

For any treatment to work it has to be done consistently and patiently. Many people think that the only way to regrow lost hair from the hairline is with expensive and painful treatments. While some treatments that are offered by dermatologists can indeed help you grow your hair back, my personal experience is that it’s better to use natural remedies as you know exactly what's going on your scalp and the price is vastly cheaper. 

There are several home remedies that are completely natural and that can help you with your receding hairline.

One of the best of these remedies is to massage oils into your scalp to help regenerate new growth. Castor oil is one of the best oils for doing this. Castor oil can be mixed with a few drops of lemon essential oil. Mix this in a bowl, warm it up in a water bath before massaging the mixture onto the area of the head that is experiencing less hair growth. 

Castor oil should be applied sparingly as it is thick and may feel uncomfortable. You can also use rosemary, lavender and cedarwood oils as an alternative or "dilute" the castor oil with the aforementioned oils. Please note that essential oils are very potent. Consult a doctor before using them, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a medical condition.

I've noticed that the oil I use for my hair doesn't matter as much as the massage action. By incorporating scalp massages (to increase blood flow to my scalp) I managed to strengthen my hair quickly and effectively. A daily 2 minute scalp massage is great way to de-stress as well.

Your hair, skin, nails and eyes keep a log of how well you take care of yourself. If you eat loads of fruits, veggies, lean proteins and whole grains this will show in the quality of your hair and skin; unless there is a deeper medical problem.  Eat as much healthy food and try to exercise to increase blood flow to your scalp.

If you aren’t already; consider taking fish oil every day to boost the health of your hair. Fish oil in a pill or liquid supplement can be purchased at your local pharmacy or health store. Fish oils contain large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids that can help your hair, skin and nails get stronger in addition to boosting your cardiovascular health.

Stop combing or brushing your hair so aggressively and too often. This is one of the most common ways to break your hair. 

Low manipulation goes a long way.  Don’t pull back or bind your hair too tightly as this may be damaging your hair follicles. 

If you want to slick down the fine hair on your temple and nape - try using an old toothbrush with soft bristles. Let your hair air dry and avoid straightening your hair using of flat irons and other heat-styling tools. 

Clean your hair tools and scalp often and properly. Along with your own hygiene it’s very important to keep tools of daily use clean as well. Your brushes and combs trap germs, dust, hair products and old hair. Make sure you clean them often.

Avoid hair care products that contain harsh chemicals and toxins. This includes hair dyes and bleaches. Make sure you remove all traces of face wash, makeup and facial creams along your hairline. I dab rosewater or witch-hazel as my daily toner to remove dirt or cleansers left behind after cleaning my face.

Wrap your hair, use a silk bonnet or silk or satin pillowcases. These cause less friction than cotton pillowcases. Dry your hair using an old t-shirt. Cotton towels tend to snag in hair causing tangling and breakage.

I live in box braids. I love them so much because they're great way to for me to not have to style it daily. Be careful with extensions and weaves and let your hair breathe...

In between month long styles, I leave my hair out for 2 weeks at a time to give my scalp a break. Enter other protective no-extension styles and head-wraps. There are loads of tutorials on YouTube to help you switch up your look. If you're going to go with caps, hats and turbans make sure the elastic isn't too tight or rubbing against your temple and nape. I wear a silk scarf underneath or on days that where I'm feeling lazy I will use a plastic bag (also a great way to to do a conditioning method if you're pressed for time).

Weaves and wigs are actually one of the major causes of sparse edges, especially when installed incorrectly and you can see the white bulbs at the roots of your hair and little bumps on your hairline. The hair surrounding your hairline is very fragile. 

You’ll need to be extra careful with this area since the hair isn’t as strong as the hair on the rest of your scalp. General manipulation like brushing, combing, braiding and detangling must be done carefully.

Be very careful with "edge taming" products. If it contains alcohol which has a drying effect on hair - bin it. Opt for a little hair oil applied on an old toothbrush to keep your edges neat.

Good luck and may this never be your portion...

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