Learning how to style and care for your hair while in the process of regrowing your edges isn’t exactly easy.
You can’t tug, braid, wrap, or updo like you’re used to because you’re trying to reduce tension on your hair and scalp.
Not to mention that because your styling options are so limited, hiding thinning or balding edges can be difficult to do, as well.
We feel your pain, sis—and I mean it, we been through it and empathize! Luckily, there are a few things you can do to get through the awkward stages of getting your edges back to their former glory.
Here are 3 ways to keep them covered and protected in the process.
Headbands and headwraps are your best friend.
Headwraps are so lit because they’re so versatile.
They can be worn fashionably, as means of hair protection, for religious reasons, and to cover up some thinning, sparse edges.
I think we can all agree that headwraps are THAT girl.
They’re especially useful during the hair regrowth process because they give you an opportunity to style your hair comfortably without wondering if your thinning is noticeable or even if factors such as hot weather or hair products are going to be too much on your hair.
In short, headwraps eliminate the complications that come with the process.
The only thing you should keep an eye on is if your headwrap is too tight, the fabric causes too much friction on your hair, or they’re collecting sweat and hair product residue and leaving it on your skin.
These are all things that’ll work against your healthy hair regrowth journey.
Consider investing in a wig with bangs.
Learning how to style your hair while you’re trying to grow your edges back is a little bit like learning how to walk again because you can’t do the same styles you’re used to. Heavy braids and twists, sew ins, and even most wigs will only cause more tension and hair loss for already thinning edges.
Not to mention that you can’t wear headwraps every single day and finding a low maintenance style that adequately covers your thinning or balding areas is a difficult task in itself.
Believe me, I’ve been through it before and it wasn’t easy for me, either. However, I did find a solution I totally loved—wigs with bangs! Not only did they conceal my edges as I worked to regrow them, but they were adjustable and breathable enough to wear without rubbing up against my trouble zones.
Plus, you have a lot of options available in both style and construction. You can do crochet flexi rod curls, a 4B-textured lace wig, a throwback straight wig with the china bang—do whatever you want, sis! Just keep those edges tucked away and those wig caps breathable, and you’re good to go.
Reduce friction by caring for your edges underneath.
No matter if you’re doing a headwrap, a wig, or going the haircut route, make sure you pay attention to those edges! I know it’s super tempting to just let your edges be when you have them covered half the time, but try your best to avoid that.
You still need to make sure your scalp is cleansed and your hair is moisturized and sealed if you really want to see some noticeable hair growth in a reasonable amount of time. But at the same time, don’t over manipulate your hair, either!
Touching on your edges too much while they’re bouncing back may hinder the process more than create progress!
The solution to all of this? Balance.
Touch your hair when you need to and leave it be when you don’t. It’s as simple as that.