I have written several posts addressing hair breakage and hair loss but none that specifically addresses the hairline. I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long given that thinning hairlines is arguably the number one hair complaint among African women.
Hair loss on the hairline can be caused by several factors like hormones (pregnancy, post pregnancy, menopause, presence of ovarian cysts, birth control pills etc.), it can be hereditary or it can be self-inflicted through hairstyles.
In this post I will address thinning hairlines caused by our hairstyles. This is also called traction alopecia which is hair loss caused by tight hairstyles like braids, weaves, cornrows and ponytails etc.
Here are some tips for thinning hairlines:
- If you notice your hairstyle is making your hairline thinner, change the hairstyle. If you have braids or a weaves, remove them at the first signs that it is destroying your hairline. There is no point in keeping a hairstyle if it is wrecking your hairline.
- Do not ignore the first signs of thinning hairlines. We tend to see it happening and just ignore it until the problem is compounded. We then continue with the destructive hairstyles to hide the problem – simply making things even worse.
- Do not get weaves or braids back to back without a break in between. Take a break of two weeks or more and in this time make sure to deep condition the hair as well as moisturise it.
- Make sure hairstyles are not too tight. Braids, weaves cornrows etc. when done too tight will ruin your hairline. Speak up when getting these hairstyles done. Let your hairstylist know that she (or he!) must be gentle with your hairstyle. You would rather the style not last long than that it damages your hairline.
- If you relax your hair, know that you do not have to relax the hairline every time. You can leave out the fine ‘baby’ hair on the edges. Don’t worry, your hair will blend in and it won’t show. I have been doing this with my own hairline – I haven’t relaxed my hairline since February 2012.
- If your hairline is already damaged, make sure to stop the hairstyles that damaged it in the first place. If you have to have the hairstyle, make sure to leave the hairline out. You could do this by adding bangs / a fringe to a weave so as to conceal the hairline.
- There are many ‘temple and nape’ balms on the market that are marketed for thinning hairlines and napes. I have seen one from Organic Root Stimulator in Clicks. I recommend castor oil. It is natural and many women (including myself) have had great results with it. Massage castor oil to your hairline at least once a week (you can do this daily if your hairline is extremely damaged).
Has your hairline recovered from damage? How did you do it?