On to something more sensitive…
I’ve never been one to really wear sew-ins or braids but I have in the past, however, I do prefer clip-ins and wigs.
September 2013, to help stretch my relaxer, I had Senegalese twists done and after taking them out – it had thinned my hairline a little bit but nothing to worry about in my eyes. So in May 2014, I had these huge beautiful twists done to help stretch my relaxer again and as it was Exams season, I thought they would save me some time in the mornings (and evenings!). A few days after getting them done, I had these little white bulbs appear around my edges and Lord knows the braids felt like I was carrying a sack of sugar on my head! I got a bit worried but instead decided to wear really loose styles and keep my edges oiled to loosen the twists up a little bit…
Fast forward a few weeks later, I took them out and no word of a lie, they had completely KO’d my edges. I cried, I called my OH, I called my girls… I even cried over the phone to my sister. Everyone thought it couldn’t have been that bad but it was bad enough that I wore middle partings and even made a wig that I could take off at night!
If you actually want to see what this madness looked like, hold your breath and scroll down – not my proudest moment but it’s essentially part of life for some of us!
So for all you ladies that have lost your edges, have hope and patience because it will grow back – take pictures to document your progress!
So how did I get it back?
- ORS Fertilizing Temple Balm
- Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Along with regular scalp massages, and looser ponytails which meant throwing out my edge control! It wasn’t easy, it took so so so much patience but I was determined to get back SOME hair if not all – i’m happy I waited.
Moral of the story: if your hair is weak from processing (hair dyes, relaxers, texturizers etc), protect your edges! Be gentle! & Make sure you TRUST your hair stylist!
P.S. As you can see from the pictures below, I even braid behind the hairline now! It’s not even worth the risk anymore! Lol x