Why Do My Edges Keep Breaking Off

Are your edges breaking off? Don’t be ashamed of it, you are not the only one dealing with this problem, there are lots of people dealing with breaking edges or edges that are about to be gone or have already reached that point.

For your edges to grow back healthy and for you to maintain healthy edges it’s probably wise to know why your edges keep breaking off, once you know what the cause is for your edges to keep breaking off, you know what to work on.

Why Your Edges Break Off

  • Medical Issues. Hair breakage can be an indication that something is wrong with your health, you may need to go to your physician to get a health check so, if something is wrong with you, you can get the right medical treatment.
  • Stress. Suffering from stress can push your hair follicles into a ‘resting phase’, which is called the telogen phase. Over time, hair fall out more easily, just by touching, washing or combing it.
  • Depression. Many people who are suffering with depression are dealing with hair loss. When you feel depressed you don’t have the strength to take care of yourself as you supposed to. Feeling down, discourage and having a low self-esteem can be a factor in reducing the hair growth state. Also, the use of certain medication can cause hair breakage.
  • Tight hairstyles, like ponytails, cornrows braids, wigs and weaves, and the need to always have slick edges and your baby hair ‘on fleek’ will cause a lot of tension on your hair follicle, which eventually will lead to your hair breaking off, especially your edges.
  • Using the wrong hair products. Some hair products have a lot of harsh chemical and alcohol in it which in time can lead to damaged hair breaking off.
  • Poor diet. Whatever you consume will eventually show on every part of your body, including your hair. Your hair needs vitamins, minerals and lots of hydration. Take a look at your diet, is the way you’re eating making your hair fall out, maybe it’s about time to make some changes in your eating habits.
  • Medication. Drugs cause hair loss by interfering with the normal cycle of scalp hair growth. The normal cycle of hair grow goes through the anagen phase and the telogen phase. During the anagen phase the hair grows, this can last about two to seven years. During the telogen phase the hair rest, this can last about 3 months. Some drugs can interfere with the normal cycle of hair growth, which can make you go quicker through the anagen and the telogen phase.
  • Drastic weight loss. Hair loss after drastic weight loss is usually associated with a condition called Telogen Effluvium, which is temporary hair loss due to excessive shedding of resting or telogen hair after some shock to the system. Losing weight rapidly causes physical stress, which signals the hair follicles to move into an inactive stage. Make sure when losing weight you do this gradually.


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