30 Jul

I received aquery via facebook recently;
Hi seanice, i wd lyk to ask u smthg hair related, i didnt want to post it on the suqa wall cz am abit shy abt it. I have great hair, that i love but my hairline’s damaged probly bcz of braiding gone bad over the years. Is thr a way i can get it back?
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I decided to write on this today and consult the SUQA team – here’s what we found if, like my friend above – you are wondering what to do about traction alopecia – its important to protect your hairline

❀ DON’T brush your hairline. Brush bristles typically get caught in curlier hair types and can cause the hair to snap. Since the hairline has shorter and more fragile hairs, constant brushing of the hairline can cause the front hairs to slowly disappear. If you want to smooth down your hairline, use your hand to flatten and use a pomade or gel to smooth down the edges.

❀ DON’T tie your hair into tight ponytails. This causes major stress on your hairline. Try to make your ponytails loose. If you feel a lot of tension squeezing your eyes shut or widening your eyes, your ponytail is probably too tight.

❀ DON’T braid the front of your hair too tightly. Whether it is braids with your own hair or extension braids, tight braids can pull out the weak front hairs. Make sure that you are not braiding too tightly. If you feel a lot of tension squeezing your eyes shut or widening your eyes after braiding, they are too tight.

❀ DON’T overuse wigs and weaves. They tend to pull on the hairline and, overtime, can cause breakage in the front of your hair.

❀ It is difficult to protect the hairline from damage when it is constantly being exposed to chemicals (perm/relaxer) that dissolve the hair to make it straight. The front hairs are very fragile and even more susceptible to breakage when they are chemically treated. Keeping your hair far away from strong, harmful chemicals like perms and relaxers will ensure its health. but we know its unrealistic to stop completely so allow your hair to rest in between retouches or go natural!

❀ DO braid or twist the front of your hair. Though tight braiding can cause damage to your hairline, loose braiding or twisting along the hairline can give the hairline a rest from ponytails and other styles that pull the hair back. When styling the front of the hair, try to push the baby hairs out of the style. Baby hairs are the hairs in front, and they are fine and very fragile. It is best to leave them out of front hair styles so that they don’t break and create a halo effect.

❀ DO use styles that do not at all use manipulation on the front of your hair. Try using styles that do not manipulate the hair closest to the hairline. Bangs are an example. Let that hair be!

❀ DO moisturize! Moisture is important to ALL parts of your hair!

No one wants a damaged hairline. Following these practices will ensure you a beautiful, healthy hairline.
some additions;
Take a daily vitamin that contains calcium and magnesium, both of which work to impede hair loss and encourage growth, according to You can also add supplements that contain biotin and niacin. notes that these vitamins will add strength to your hair, which is an essential component of overall hair health.

Apply a spray designed to protect your hair from heat damage if you blow dry it or use a curling or flat iron. Spray the product all over damp or wet hair and comb it through, then style as desired.


* Be careful when using heat tools to style your hair, as overexposure to heat can lead to hair damage.
* Discuss vitamins and supplements with your doctor before you begin taking them. Talk to your doctor about any sudden hair loss or an increase in the amount of hair that is falling out.




  1. Kalondu Makau July 30, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    Hi Sean!
    Great advice there. I agree, although i must admit I am a LOVER of braids. Yes, but i have decided to start being diverse when it comes to my hair. I would also like to add that the hair is an extension of our skin..therefore, the things that make your skin healthy-by extension (no pun intended) make your hair healthy.
    Back to the basics: diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep and LOTS OF WATER!!!
    I am in full agreement when it comes to the use of supplements..and would be more than happy to recommend your distressed reader with the best there is around. Please forward her (and any other interested party) my contact details.
    Thank you,

    • Seanice August 1, 2011 at 7:35 am #

      Thanks for this Kalondu!
      I will recommend you

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