A receding hairline is a common problem for many women regardless of hairtype. Here are some tips and diy solutions courtesy of Coco & Creme.
Tips for protecting your hairline:
- Wait. When you get your hair relaxed, have your edges done last so that they won’t be over-processed
- Stop braiding. Braids apply unnecessary tension to your hairline. If you do get braids, insist that they’re not done tightly. Return in a couple of weeks to get loosened braids redone. .
- Don’t brush or comb. Use your fingers and a dab of styling product like a cream to slick down flyaways. If needed, tie your hair down with a hair scarf for at least fifteen minutes.
- Avoid ponytails. Limit the manipulation to your edges. Styles that pull the hair back too tightly can lead to a receding hairline. Try loose buns or chignons instead.
- Go satin or silk. Sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase or wear a satin or silk scarf at night. The gentle fabric causes less friction overnight.
- Change sides. If only one side of your hairline is thinning, it may be the side that you sleep on. It may take some getting used to but try switching sides at night.
And in case you need some intervention, here’s a DIY temple balm.
The following list of ingredients will enable you to make a DIY temple balm, that will not only give your ponytails, updos and buns that “polished” look, but will protect the hair around your temples, stimulate scalp circulation and promote hair growth.The first step will be to decide whether you want an oil or pomade type balm. For an oil based balm, you can choose among the following carrier oils:· Jojoba Oil· Olive Oil· Coconut Oil· Hemp Oil· Neem Oil· Shea Oil· Sweet Almond OilFor a pomade type balm you can choose among the following butters:· Cocoa Butter· Olive Butter· Aloe Butter· Hemp Butter· Shea Butter· Almond Butter*If you have a favorite carrier oil or butter that is not listed, you can use them as well*The next step will be to add essential oils and/or herbs to your oil or butter. Carrier oils can be infused with herbs (see Annies Remedy.com for instructions). Essential oilscan be added directly to your oils or butters. You can also add carrier oils infused with herbs to melted butter.Essential Oils and Herbs· Arnica· Calendula· Stinging Nettle· Rosemary (oil or leaves)· Peppermint Oil· Sage (EO or leaves)· Cedarwood· Saw Palmetto ExtractFor those who would prefer a gel type balm, essential oils and/or infused carrier oils can be mixed with 3 parts Aloe Vera Gel and 1 part oil.DIY Basic Temple Balm RecipeCombine ¼ cup of carrier oil (remember, see instruction link above if you want to make an herb infused oil), or butter in a 4 ounce container with two or more essential oils adding ¼ tsp of each. If you are using butter, melt butter before adding oils to make mixing easier, then let it sit to solidify. Feel free to tweak ingredients to your liking.Use your temple balm as a hairdressing to smooth the edges when wearing ponytails, updos and buns, or just to protect and treat thinning edges. Your temple balm can also be used for scalp massages as well. For the “polished” look, lightly moisturize your edges with water, then add your balm. Gently brush back and cover with a silk/satin scarf forapprox. 20 to 30 mins, or overnight.
Did any of these ideas or the balm work for you? Let us know!