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5 Steps to Grow Back a Thin Hairline

Patience Is Key


You've seen it on many people, including young kids: that sparse hairline that's barely hanging on. Maybe it's you who's suffering from this often-avoidable problem. In most cases, even the thinnest edges can recover, although it will take time. Pack some patience, follow these steps and in time, your thin hairline should come back strong.

Disclaimer: Sometimes, edges thin due to hormonal changes (such as during pregnancy/post-birth or menopause) or medications. These steps are intended for repairing a thin hairline that's caused by poor care. If you suspect a medical cause for thin edges, talk to your doctor or, in the case of pregnancy/post-pregnancy, there's nothing else to do but wait for several months, in which case many women see their hairlines return.

1. Stop Wearing Tight Styles -- Immediately

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This is non-negotiable if you have any hope of your edges growing back. Tight braids, ponytails that pull your eyes back, weaves and suffocating wigs are OUT. This isn't to say you can't ever wear these styles again, but the word "tight" shouldn't even be uttered in the same sentence as your "hairstyle."

Some women still want to hang onto wigs. While not the best solution, it's understandable if your hairline damage is especially extensive. In this case, you should only sport a wig when you expect to be seen, either at work or in the company of others. Once you're home, the wig needs to come off right away so that your scalp can breathe.

Tight braids and other styles often happen because once you've spent quite a bit of money on a hairdo, naturally you want it to last as long as possible. However, a fly style should never come at the sacrifice of healthy hair or a hairline. There are plenty of hairdos that don't place unnecessary stress on your mane or scalp. Try any of these if you're not convinced:

2. Step Away from the Chemicals

Everyone doesn't want to take this step, but applying relaxers and other chemicals onto an already-damaged hairline isn't going to speed up the recovery process. There are other ways to straighten your tresses without chemicals; if you can possibly try them, your edges will come back more quickly. Try:

Now is also a great time to consider more natural styles, which you can do with no heat whatsoever. If you've always wanted to go natural, but were hesitant for any reason, a temporary break from chemicals could turn into a permanent one.

3. Get Into the Habit of Scalp Massage

Your hair follicles are in shock and in desperate need of TLC right now. When you massage, it's important to only use the pads of your fingers; don't rake over this sensitive area with fingernails. Move around in a gentle, circular pattern for a few minutes each day. Don't press down firmly on your hairline. For your massages, stick to the next step...

4. Apply Healthy Products to Your Hairline

While you're massaging your scalp, apply healthy products that are as natural as possible. Avoid any that are notorious for clogging up pores, such as products that contain petroleum. It's getting easier to find natural oils in grocery stores, so you don't always have to travel to a health food store or order online to find these anymore. Coconut oil, castor oil and almond oil are just a few lightweight oils that work well. If you have other favorites, that's fine; simply avoid those that are heavy or contain bad-for-your-hair ingredients.

5. Take Supplements -- In Moderation

If you're pretty desperate at this point, you've probably heard about (if not already tried) some supplements that promise hair growth. As long as you understand that instant hair growth is a myth, proceed. Before you take any supplements or vitamins, you should consider all medications you currently take and consult with your doctor.

A daily multi-vitamin should be part of your regular eating regimen, as well as an overall healthy diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and plenty of water. What goes on inside your body definitely shows on the outside. As for additional supplements, some women swear by scalp treatments like Nioxin Intensive Therapy Follicle Booster or hair vitamins that contain Biotin. Do your due diligence and research before investing your time and money.

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