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What Are Edges and How to Protect & Style Them

What Are Edges and How to Protect & Style Them

What Are Edges?

Edges are the hair around the hairline and are one of the most delicate parts of our hair.  All edges are not created equal. Depending on our genetics, some people’s edges are thicker and come down further than others. Regardless of your hairline, it is important to pay special attention to your edges in order to avoid breakage and in extreme cases, traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is hair loss around the hairline and edges caused by tight ponytails and braids. 

Edge Protection

If you’re noticing some sparseness around your hairline, or you’re just looking for a routine to help prevent traction alopecia, moisturizing and letting your scalp/hairline breath is key.  Our top tips for growing and maintaining healthy edges are:

  • Moisturize your hairline, and stimulate your scalp with essential oils. Hair oils found in our Anti-Frizz Silkening Growth Serum can help to stimulate hair growth, soothe scalp, create shine, and protect against breakage. These oils aid in rejuvenating and stimulating hair growth as well.
  • Massage your hairline to increase blood circulation and promote growth. You can do this in the shower when washing your hair. Our Sulfate-Free Shampoo creates a lather and will not strip your edges of natural oils.
  • Try to take breaks from wigs, styling your edges, and tight hairstyles to allow your hairline to breathe. If you stick to taking breaks, you won’t have to worry about traction alopecia.
  • Wrap your hair at night with a silk bonnet, and opt for a silk or satin pillowcase to prevent friction when you sleep at night. This will aid in protecting and avoiding breakage. 

How to Style your Edges

Whip that wrist, but don’t hurt yourself! Edges are customized to your liking and preference. Grab your Edge Brush or a toothbrush and let your wrist do the rest. Don’t fight against your hair pattern, rather go with it. It’s your choice to have waves that cascade your hairline, or take it back to the 90’s and have S pattern swirls in the front and sides of your hair. Let your outfit of the day be your inspiration. 

Rucker Roots Restorative Edge Control light to medium hold is perfect to begin or perfect your slayed edges journey while aiding in restoring and maintaining your edges. Begin by applying edge control to your styling tool and brushing them forward. Then use the tool to shape them however you'd like. Remember don’t fight and style against the grain. This will cause endless manipulation, and not to mention wrist fatigue.

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