If your hairline is thin or barely there, you are one of many women who have the same issue. Your hairline may naturally be thin, or you may be making it thin by using hair styling techniques or products that contribute to a thinning hairline. Here are some of the little things that destroy hairlines over time:
- Scarves: If you wear a satin or silk hair scarf at night, you are protecting and nourishing your tresses overnight. However, if you tie the scarf way too tight, you are suffocating your hairline and causing intense friction between your edges and the scarf, creating thinner edges.
- Headbands: If you wear tight hairbands all around the hairline, you may have hair breakage in that area because the bands oftentimes put way too much tension and friction on the hair (especially if the hair is chemically processed), leading to weak edges.
- Product Residue: If you wear hair gel to smooth your edges, make sure to wash the chemicals out before going to bed. Otherwise, the smoothing product can suffocate your follicles and possibly break the hair off (especially if the gel has alcohol in it). Also, make sure to wash shampoo out of your hair thoroughly. Otherwise, the shampoo residue can dry out your hair (especially your edges) and lead to breakage.
- Hairstyles: If you wear really tight ponytails and buns, check to make sure your edges aren't too snug or tight in the hairstyle. Otherwise, your hairline may be suffering from too much tension (leading to hair breakage or even alopecia).
- Chemical Application Technique: If you apply hair straightening chemicals to your hair, like relaxers, make sure to have the relaxer chemical applied to your hairline last. The hairline is the most fragile part of your hair, so relaxers left on the edges for too long can easily break the hair off and make it even more fragile.
- Split Ends: When searching for split ends, we often just focus on the ends of our hair and not the shorter hairs around the hairline (including around the nape). Make sure to search and destroy split ends along the hairline. Otherwise, the hairs will continually grow and break off once the split destroys the hair shaft.
- Extensions: If you wear any type of hair extension (weaves or braids), be careful to avoid tension along the hairline while having extensions put into your hair. Also, avoid wearing the extensions in hairstyles that put extreme tension on the hairline (like tight ponytails). If you chose to wear your hair up, make sure that the hair along your edges is not tugging into the style. In addition, if your extensions weigh your own hair down too much, you could be putting too much tension on your follicles and damage the hairline.
-Written by: Cafe Belle's Healthy Hair Barista