Q: ‘Last year May after unbraiding my cornrows I realised that my right side hairline had disappeared, Is there anything I can do to restore it? Please! ’

Receding of the hairline or your edges as we’ve come to call it is a common occurrence especially for those of us who constantly put stress on our scalps by weaving and braiding our hair. Thankfully, damage caused to the hairline can be reversed with the correct treatment and if treated early.
Here are ways to start growing your hairline and restore it back to its former glory:

Ditch the tight hairstyles:
Avoid hairstyles that apply tension to the scalp and pull at the fragile hairs on your edges. So, if it requires chemical processing, tight braids, lace front wigs and weaves, give it a break until your hairline recovers. In some instances, the damage to the hairline could be so bad you’d want to cover it up with a wig. If that’s that case, ensure that you remove the wig daily to alleviate your hair from stress.

Scalp massage:
Massaging your scalp stimulates your hair follicles and encourages blood flow back to the affected area. Avoid raking the scalp with your fingernails. Instead, use the pads of your fingers by moving around in gentle circular motions. Incorporate oils like Jamaican black castor oil and lavender oil into your massaging routine. Do this for a few minutes every day.

Ensure you are applying healthy products to the hairline:
There are tons of products on the market formulated to restore damaged hairlines. Essential and carrier oils like castor oil, jojoba oil, tea tree oil, peppermint oil and rosemary oil are just a few products that work well. It’s important to use these oils sparingly together as they are very strong and may burn the scalp if used alone. One or two drops should be sufficient.

Make some dietary and lifestyle changes:
Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains within a reasonable calorie count each day, means that you have a healthy diet, and this will show in your hair and other parts of your body. Taking fish oil every also boosts the health of your hairs. Fish oil pill supplements are available at a pharmacist and they contain strong omega-3 fatty acids that can help your hair, nail and teeth get stronger and stay healthier.

Cover up:
And lastly, always wear a silk or satin scarf or pillowcases on your bed. These cause less friction than cotton pillow cases, and this could help cradle your head and hair more nicely so as to reduce excess hair loss.

Our beauty editor, Ncumisa, answers all your pressing beauty questions. Email her at ncumisa@assocmedia.co.za to have your question featured.