Whether you’re braiding, getting locs, or adding long waves to your look, you may be concerned about the health of your edges. Those baby hairs help your faux hair look more natural. But, only if you care for them properly. Without gentle care, your edges could easily be damaged or even removed - leaving you looking less than your best.
So, how do you care for and protect your edges when wearing braids or other extensions? Here are a few tips that can help!
Ask Your Stylist to Leave Out Your Edges
The first step to protecting your edges during the extension process is to loop in your stylist to your goals. Don’t be afraid to let your stylist know what you want. You can politely ask them to leave your edges out, or style them separately afterward. Many stylists who specialize in braiding or other styles will be well-aware of this need.
Another option you have before your appointment is to lay down your edges how you’d like them. Using gel or any product you prefer, slick down your baby hairs the way you want them to lay, so they’re less likely to get caught up in the process.
Use Nourishing Oils Around the Hairline
Once your installation is complete, it’s up to you to maintain the health of your edges while wearing your extensions. One way to promote healthier, stronger hair in general is to use natural oils. Castor oil and coconut oil are two strengthening oils that can be applied a few times a week to promote growth. However, don’t overdo it! Oil buildup on your scalp can reduce the integrity of your extensions and cause you to increase your wash cycles.
Choose Silk or Satin-Lined Head Accessories
You’re likely already aware of the affect of silk on your hair. When you wear extensions, silk and satin products can help remote smooth, more hydrated hair - and edges, too! Choose silk-lined caps, wraps, and bonnets for your styling. You can also choose a silk pillowcase to rest your head on at night - a great way to protect your edges while you sleep!
Choose Loose Hairstyles
When you wear extensions, you put your natural hair under extra stress. To help your hair feel its best, and prevent as much breakage as possible, avoid ponytails and elaborate updos when wearing extensions or braids. Instead, choose loose styles or low updo looks.
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