My edges are making a comeback after a long time. They started disappearing when I got microbraids when I was doing A-Levels. Then they made a brief comeback when I was in uni and had a really awesome stylist who wasn't too rough on my hair and didn't style too tightly (if in Nairobi, go to Roysambu and look for Joan. She's really good). And then I started my HHJ last May after big chopping to a TWA. I did protective styles almost constantly, but my edges were always there. Then my first setback came along in November. I had gone to a salon at the hotel I was staying in (in Nairobi, avoid the salon at Hillpark Hotel). The stylist first tangled my hair up while washing it, and then ripped through the tangles with a blowdryer with the comb attachment. Further mistreatment of my hair happened when the cornrows were done too tightly. I took them out after 2 weeks, when they didn't loosen. But the damage was already done, my edges had receded. They grew back in, but have been fragile ever since.
So I quit weaves (in June), and started babying my edges. I have been massaging in castor oil like a mad woman, and not touching up the edges when I do a relaxer. I also put away my combs, and reduced the amount of direct heat I use. The edges I lost to the cornrows made a comeback, and I started feeling encouraged. I kept on with the castor oil, but now rotating it with coconut oil, and then edges I last saw during A-Levels have started coming back in. My widow's peak is also
making a comeback. The hair is still pretty short and fine, just a few millimetres, but I can feel the fuzz now.
I am so happy I started taking care of my hair. I have fought against traction alopecia and I am winning the war. By this time next year, my edges should be really full, and healthy.
Now, to start educating the rest of my family on healthy hair practices...