Are you embracing your edges? If so, you've come to the right place. We're all about embracing your natural strands and edges are no exception. Learning how to care for your edges is part of the natural curl care experience. Here's how to care for edges on naturally curly hair. If you have any tried and true edge care practices that work for you, let us know! We'd love to hear from you.
How To Care For Edges On Naturally Curly Hair
Don't chemically treat your edges:
Edges, or baby hairs, are particularly delicate. As a result, it's important to avoid using any type of chemical treatment on them while you're growing them out. Chemicals can damage the delicate strands, resulting in curl loss. If you do need to use a chemical treatment, try to limit it to twice a year or less.
If you want oils to grow strong, consider using Jamaican black castor oil to massage your strands. Castor oil will help stimulate the curl follicles, increasing blood flow and growth. Therefore, you'll soon see thicker strands growing in if you do this 2-3x per week. Gently massage your edges to help stimulate growth. Even if you opt to skip the castor oil, regular edge and scalp massage will help your edges (and curls) grow in faster.
Add essential oils:
Essential oils can be true helpmates when it comes to natural curl care. Edges are no different! Consider adding essential oils to your favorite curl care products to help boost your strand growth. Peppermint oil or tea tree are both wonderful for supporting healthy edge growth.
There are a lot of styles out there that can put pressure on delicate strands. Protective styles, twist outs, and other looks that pull curls back hard from the face can damage baby hairs. Instead, choose styles that won't skin curls back from the face.