If you are a woman with Afro-textured hair, you are likely to be familiar with edge control products – those firm-hold gels that help to keep frizzy edges under control and hairstyles on point. What you might not have realised is that these products can damage your hair and even contribute to hair loss.

What’s the problem with edge control gels?

Although edge control products are useful, there are some downsides to using them regularly. Edge control gels usually have a high-alcohol content which can have a drying effect on the hair. Dry hair is weaker and more prone to breakage, especially in the case of hair at the hairline which is often finer than the hair on the rest of the scalp. The problem is exacerbated when the products are left in the hair for several days without washing them out, your hairstyle is very tightly fixed or you wear the same style every day without a break. Over time, these factors can contribute towards the development of traction alopecia. This is a hair loss condition caused by tension at the hair follicle which eventually pulls the hair out, resulting in thin or bald patches.

How to avoid edge control mistakes

If you are a fan of the slicked-back look, never fear. You don’t have to give up edge control products altogether – simply switch up your routine for a more gentle approach.

  • Use alcohol-free edge control products containing hair hydrating ingredients.

  • Avoid applying another layer of product without rinsing out the previous application.

  • Beware of fixing your hair too tightly – it shouldn’t feel uncomfortable.

  • Switch between tightly and loosely fixed hairstyles to minimise tension on your scalp

If you are concerned that you are experiencing hair loss caused by edge control mistakes, help is at hand. Vinci Hair Clinic offer a variety of solutions for this type of problem and are highly experienced in treating Afro-textured hair. Their medical hair restoration treatments include LLLT Laser Cap, PRP therapy, mesotherapy and the Vitruvian Line nutrient complex for hair growth. They also offer non-surgical Long Hair Micro Scalp Pigmentation which can help to create an improved look of density after hair loss, as well as FUE and FUT hair transplants.

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