Posted November 13th, 2017
Many ladies write to us looking for a miracle product that can restore the hairline to its former glory but the truth is that damage to the hair line has taken many years to occur and it will take time to restore. There are no miracle concoctions to bring back the hair line and I am sorry to be the bearer of the bad news.
What causes hair line damage you ask?
Continued pulling and breaking of the weak front hairs. Some protective styles, although good, cause traction alopecia, which is the scientific name for hair loss. Heavy braids or dreadlocks, tight high buns or tightly woven cornrows lead to damage to the follicles. Some woven in weaves and hair extensions are also culprits of this terrible and embarrassing condition. Imagine how many years of weaves and cornrows are required to lead to this kind of damage? It certainly does not occur over night.
How do you know you are causing damage?
You may stop this process in its tracks by looking for clues of whether you are causing damage. When you spot itching of the scalp, hair roots in the braids, bumps or inflamed follicles, you know that something wrong is taking place. There is no such thing as beauty is painful when your hair stylist pulls hard when plaiting your hair. STOP it there!!
How can you prevent this condition?
If you already have damage to the hairline and scalp, depending on the severity, you might need to visit your dermatologist. If you see some hair growing along the hairline when it it left alone, then it means that your hair follicles are still active and you may do a home treatment.
Home treatment option
I personally went through the whole situation. My hairline was damaged and I was conscious about it. People would comment about it and I would say, that is how it has always been. I did not know any better then. I cut my hair in 2012 with the hopes of recovering the hairline. This was the second time I cut it, to grow back the hairline but because I went back to the destructive hairstyles this lead to some semi-permanent damage on the right hand side of my head. I forged ahead and developed healthy hair styling habits. I changes my hair routine, changed salons and hair stylists and even resorted to doing some of the hair styles myself. Today as i wrtite this, I have short hair again in the last attempt to recover the semi-permanent damaged side of my hair line. I use castor oil as well as Brownchild's Shea butter mix diligently and I am seeing some results. There is some hair growing but it is not as thick as I would like it to be but I have resolved to giving this process a year. I still have a long life ahead of me and my hair will grow once more, for now, I am working on the hair line