Are braids ok for thinning edges?

Braids Hairstyle

Hey Mireille

How are you? Long time. Hope all is well. I have a question for you. I am nine months almost ten post relaxer and would like to braid my hair. Just six medium sized cornrows. My problem is my edges are quite thin from excessive braiding years ago.I have not braided my hair in about six & a half years.I really want to braid to help protect my hair during this transition phase. Please help. What to do?


Hello T,

It’s going well. Thank you for asking and thank you for your question.

First you should know that braids are not supposed to thin or break your hair. In fact, braids are a perfect way to give your hair a rest and let it grow.

The main reason women’s hair gets damaged by braids is because 1. the hair is braided to tied and 2 and this is truly the worse thing, they braid the hair after their hair is just processed. You can’t add extensions to hair that has just chemically been processed because the hair is just weakened. Since you are natural now, this is not your problem now but I think it may be the culprit to your thinning edges.

If your edges are just thin they can grow back as long as the hair follicles are not damaged. The best thing you can do to grow your edges is to leave them alone and make sure you add no tension to the hairs around your hairline whatsoever. So you can still braid your hair but make sure that your hair is not braided tightly at all.

To prevent tension on your edges instead of pulling the hair of your edges into a braid just leave the strands out and brush them towards the braids using a light oil. Check out our products which is especially formulated to help solve thinning issues. Jamaican caster oil is also often recommended so you can try this as well. I haven’t tried it myself but the reviews are good although I am not sure it works for everyone.

Good luck and I hope you have a great holiday

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