There are a lot of reasons your edges might not be growing well. If you've been chemically treating your curls, that could be a big factor. Edges are generally quite fine, and therefore more prone to breakage. As a result, they need more tender loving care to grow. Here's how you can grow your edges. If these tips work for you, please let us know. We love hearing from you!
How You Can Grow Your Edges
Keep chemicals off:
Whether you're thinking of, or in the process of transitioning from relaxed to natural curls, keep chemicals off of your edges. This includes any relaxers or straighteners. The chemicals in these treatments are caustic, and can damage your baby fine curls before they ever get a chance to actually grow in. Damaged curls break off, so won't grow.
When using or selecting products, avoid any with harsh or drying ingredients. This includes ingredients such as parabens, alcohols, sulfates, or artificial fragrances. Hard gels can also adhere to your fine curls and break them before they have a chance to grow back in, so choose lightweight products. The more natural ingredients included, the better.
Blood flow is really important to increase blood flow to the scalp. When there's good blood flow, hair is able to grow. Therefore, you're going to want to massage your scalp several times a week. You can do it inverted, or upright. Using an oil can also help break up any dandruff or product that might be clogging your scalp. When massaging, consider adding peppermint or tea tree oil to your massaging oil to help stimulate the scalp. This will increase circulation. Another great option to consider is Jamaican Black Castor oil.
Give it a rest:
When it comes to taking care of your edges, try to avoid over manipulating them. This includes keeping your hands out of your strands, not using harsh brushes or combs, avoiding heat, and limiting the use of protective styles. Any type of style that pulls harshly on your edges and scalp should be avoided until curls can grow back in.