Rescue that hairline

By Drum Digital
04 September 2014

Even the thinnest hairlines can recover, although it will take time.

Pack some patience, follow these steps and in time, your thin hairline should come back strong.

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.

 Stop wearing tight hairstyles

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."

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.

Steer clear of the chemicals

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.


  • Flat ironing
  • Gentle blow drying
  • Wrapping
  • Wet sets

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.

 Massage your scalp

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...

Feed your hair healthy products

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 favourites, that's fine; simply avoid those that are heavy or contain bad-for-your-hair ingredients.


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