Edges Falling Out – The Causes and Cures

Thinning edges, the causes and cures for traction alopecia


Edges falling out/thinning hair lines is an ever increasing problem amongst black women and men. African American women's dependence on weaves, dreadlocks, braids and tightly pulled hair styling, means that they are more likely to suffer from edges falling out which is medically identified as Traction Alopecia. For African American men, dreadlocks are becoming increasingly popular and consequently increasing numbers of African American men are being afflicted with Traction Alopecia. It is important to note that Traction Alopecia will not go away by itself and can get worse over time if not treated. If your edges have fallen out, or other parts of your scalp are experiencing hair loss and you want re-establish hair growth, do not despair because there is effective treatment available which will restore your edges and hair to its former glory, click here to get treatment or read on to find out why your edges have fallen out and how they can be restored.

Traction Alopecia is a form of Alopecia which is one of the main causes of hair loss for African American men and women. Because Afro hair is fine, it is more susceptible to hair breakage if styled in a way that puts excessive and repetitive pressure or pulling on the hair and the outcome over time will be gradual hair loss and thinning or receding hair line.

The constant pulling and tugging on the hair due to various hair styling techniques causes a mechanical loosening of the hairs from the hair follicle which can also trigger perifollicultis, which is presence of inflammatory cells in the scalp and around the hair follicle, which causes further hair thinning and hair loss.

hair follicle separating from hair bulb due to strain causing hair loss and breakage

Sustained tension around the scalp can cause the hair follicles to waste away, becoming atrophied, resulting in hair becoming so fine it is barely noticeable and gives the appearance of a receding hair line.

The following types of hair styling can cause Traction Alopecia:

  • Tight ponytails
  • Hair pulled tightly in a repetitive style
  • Weaves which are sewn, braided, glued or clipped
  • Dreadlocks
  • Tight Cornrows or braids
  • Tight wigs
  • Wigs that are glued along the hair line
  • Hair extensions
  • Using hair straighteners

If you style your hair using any of the techniques mentioned above and have noticed thinning around your hair line (edges fallen out), or are noticing thinning or bald patches around your scalp, then there is a possibility that you are currently suffering from Traction Alopecia.


African American men and women are more likely to suffer from Traction Alopecia because of our hair type. Firstly, Afro hair is fine, making it more sensitive to tugging and pulling. Secondly Afro hair is kinky which means that the cuticles do not lay flat because of the curved nature of the shaft. Hairstyles which defy the natural curls/kink of afro hair through straightening, pulling and braiding can cause the hair bulb to gradually separate from the hair follicle, causing sustained hair loss.

Repetitive and sustained pulling of your hair causes tension around the hair follicles can result in inflammation which can cause scarring around the scalp and permanent hair loss or balding.


The only way to stop the symptoms of Traction Alopecia is to redistribute the tension in the hair by changing your hair style. Wearing dreadlocks, weaves, braids and cornrows must be abandoned to halt the progression of Traction Alopecia.


If you recognise symptoms of Traction Alopecia and have thinning, dry or brittle hair, then the hair products you are using and the hair care regimes you are following are not working for you, so why not try ProTress? Changing your hair style (i.e. styling your hair in a looser style) combined with effective treatment can prevent the perpetuation of Traction Alopecia and restore your edges. ProTress Essential Scalp Therapy Energising Lotion facilitates recovery from Traction Alopecia because it contains the patented Si MATRIX PF which is a revolutionary treatment for the connective tissue recovery and revitalising hair follicles. Once the ProTress Essential Scalp Therapy Energising Lotion is applied to the scalp, the peripheral micro circulation (flow of blood around the scalp) is reactivated causing the scalp to tingle as the lotion massages the scalp, improving the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the hair bulbs, which improves hair growth whilst revitalising hair follicles, restoring hair growth from the damage caused by Traction Alopecia. So if you want your edges back, ProTress is the answer. Check out the results below:

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  • I have finally received the package of the Protress hair formula. When I finished washing my hair with the shampoo, do I leave my hair still in a wet state then apply the lotion, or make sure that I am pretty dry to apply it?

    Alvin Miller
  • Dear Temitope,
    We are sorry to hear you are suffering from Traction Alopecia. We understand hair loss is traumatic and want to congratulate you on having the courage to seek solutions and treatment.
    Please read our blog which details practical steps to minimise the condition and restore hair growth.https://www.protresshaircare.co.uk/blogs/news/thinning-afro-hair-lines-the-causes-and-cures ProTress Essential Scalp Therapy Energising Shampoo and Lotion is an effective form of treatment for restoring receding hairlines. We recommend seeking treatment as soon as possible to avoid permanent balding.
    Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@protresshaircare.co.uk

    ProTress Hair Care
  • I’m 22years old, my edges have been bald for 2years now and I have really soft hair so small tension on the hair cuts it. I’ve used different creams and it still hasn’t come up. I’m scared I’ll be bald for life. please help me.

  • My edges need help.

  • The main thing I like about this product is it works and it shows my natural curl pattern. I never had that before. The feel of my hair after I wash it and add the lotion is so good, it makes my scalp feel clean and my hair really soft.


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