Thursday, March 20, 2014

Protect Yo' Edges: Hair Damage from Weaves

By Tenisha Mercer

I'll say it: weaves are the devil, especially if said weave -- or poor installation or maintenance -- is causing alopecia, permanent hair loss or missing edges.

Now, plenty of naturals swear by weaves to grow their hair long, but what good is a weave if you end up losing your hair -- permanently. Sometimes, you never know how your body will react to a product.

Something is very, very wrong when a product you install to grow your hair instead kills it and forces your edges to go RIP.

What to do when your edges are all wrong

This is in no way meant to embarrass folks; but as someone who deals with thinning hair (not due to weaves and only an annoyance because I remember how thick my hair USED to be) I can't imagine risking my already thin hairline on this. It's just not worth the risk to me.

It's simple: Know better, do better. And that often means STOP wearing the weave that left your hairline jacked up in the first place. It's a problem that hits anyone -- whether you're wearing a $2,000 weave like Naomi Cambpell or a $50 weave like the everyday woman. The potential damage is the same.

In any case, hair growth treatments like Rogaine and even castor oils and finger massages are highly advisable (need to take my own advice, too, LOL).

Check out these photos from

Has a weave killed your hair? What did you do about it? 

Supermodel Naomi Campbell's disappearing edges

TV star Countess Vaughn's receding hairline 

Kim K. has a thinning hairline from weaves

This woman's headline may never recover

TV actress JazMone from Bad Girls Club. Why, why, why is she pressing her damaged edges?

Men aren't immune from messed up edges

It's a problem when your hairline STARTS at your ear


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