Dry frizzy edges?

FadedExpressionFadedExpression Posts: 14Registered Users
Hey ladies,

I have an annoying problem; my edges are extremely dry, frizzy, and have absolutely no curl definition. The rest of my hair is very defined and feels pretty moisturized and healthy. I just can't figure out why my edges are so dry and undefined? I usually keep my hair pulled back in a loose bun all day. I co-wash every day which seems to be doing wonders for the rest of my hair. I use different oils after showering, deep condish once a week, and pineapple at night.

I'm not sure what the heck to do about this dry frizz. If I had a camera I would post a pic.

Does anyone have any suggestions?


  • BareFootHippyBareFootHippy Posts: 2Registered Users
    I have this same problem! For me, it's mainly the front edges and the nape. Like you, they are so dry and frizzy! When my hair is wet, I can see curls wanting to form, and I try to encourage them by finger coiling, but they never clump - they just become a frizzy mess! I can't stand it.

    Right now I'm using Yes to Carrots, Bed Head Moisture Maniac, and Giovanni's Smooth as Silk. Sometimes I'll use KCKT and KCCC, which helps with the frizz, but my edges are still so dry. I also deep condition once a week with Mixed Silk.

    I wish I could offer helpful advice, but I'm in the same boat! :sad5:
  • teejayteejay Posts: 537Registered Users
    I have the same problem. I think it is because my hair has low porosity and my hair line is extremely fine. I stopped wearing a scarf or bonnet because it seemed like the little bit of moisture that my hair line got was being absorbed by the fabric. Now I put my hair in a loose low pony tail and sleep with a silk fabric on my pillow. When i do wash n goes, I make sure that I add product to that area first. This area dries the fastest.

    You may want to try using your moisturizing product on that area before you go to bed.
    BC 11/23/2008
    Low porosity, Fine/Medium Texture, S-Curls

    Co-wash: VO5 Tea Therapy
    Rinse Out: Garnier Sleek 'n Shine (subject to change)
    Styler: Long Aid Curl Activator

    Dislikes: Proteins (except occasional Silk protein), Cones, Oils
  • *Marah**Marah* Posts: 8,032Registered Users
    I don't have this problem but I'm thinking maybe a moisturizer applied and then a gel over it when styling.

    Like maybe apply a moisturizing leave-in on them first and then lightly apply a gel to keep them tamed. Like if you smooth the gel into the hair and not scrunch may help the curls form and smooth out some.

    Suggestion for a moisturizing leave in.. Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie used lightly and then a gel of your choice. I personally like how Shea Moisture and Fruit of the Earth Gel work together.
  • principessa1984principessa1984 Posts: 129Registered Users
    Steaming the hair/face really helps with that. I had the same problem. Also, make sure you're not getting soap in your hair when you wash your face. Use a cloth headband to protect your hairline while washing.
    My signature style: the "braid n' curl"
    High porosity, normal elasticity, high density, thick strands, DRY (must moisturize/oil and DT a lot), tangles easily. Highly textured...curl softener+demi-perm color.
    Straightened length: Waist (layers)
    Textured length: (variable) full SL to BSL

    Condish/Shampoo: VO5
    Pre-poo: mild protein(VO5)+castor oil+tea tree
    Steam treatments: 1-2x weekly
    Daily routine and DT: Moisturize w/ Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose+Olive oil and seal w/ Avocado oil
  • luvli007luvli007 Posts: 4Registered Users
    I have the same problem. I'm still transitioning so I frequently wear buns to work and my edges tend to look frizzy. I usually apply a little shea butter and then tie it down with a satin scarf for about 30 minutes and it seems to help. Oh and if its not on a wash day I will mist my edges a little before I apply the shea butter.
  • rolltidegalrolltidegal Posts: 307Registered Users
    I used to have this problem. I had pretty curls from the roots to about two inches from the ends, then a big frizzy mess. To fix it, I started conditioning in sections and making sure I smoothed the conditioner all the way down my hair. I also style in sections, but my very last step (after I take all the sections down and make sure everything's sitting more or less how I want it to) is to take a little extra gel and lightly scrunch the very ends of each layer. My hair hates any more scrunching than that, so I was nervous when I first tried it, but it works wonders. Good luck to you and hth!
    Roll Tide!
    I was at the 2009 and 2011 BCS National Championship Games :)

    Medium-coarse, super high density, normal porosity, low elasticity.
    I'm currently trying out various Curl Junkie and Devacurl products.

    password is 'rolltide'
  • nana_banananana_banana Posts: 735Registered Users
    This may sound like a stupid question but...are you making sure to focus on your edges when applying your moisturizers and oils? A lot of places and people recommend avoiding the roots/edges to avoid greasy hair (even conditioner bottles will say this). But if those parts are dry, maybe you should focus some attention to them?
    Hair type: Mostly 3C, medium porosity to high porosity depending on the day, dense, fluffy, dry, tangly!

  • pprMACHEheartpprMACHEheart Posts: 1,665Registered Users
    Castor oil has worked wonders for my dry frizzy edges. They're not so dry and frizzy anymore and I've been using castor oil since January.
    last relaxer; 082708, BC; 081810, CG; 122410
    high porosity, med/coarse texture, high density, color treated
    condish;TN, DevaCurl Heaven in Hair stylers; Heaven in Hair, DevaCurl Curl Cream oils;Castor Oil

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  • FadedExpressionFadedExpression Posts: 14Registered Users
    Wow, lots of great advice and tips! Thank you!

    Marah Mizrahi - thanks for the 'Shea Moisture' suggestion! I've been using it for the past week and, so far, it has been keeping my hair pretty well moisturized. :)
    I have been eyeballing that Huetiful Steamer... principessa1984, what do you use to steam your hair?

    I've been using a lot jojoba oil and coconut oil, but those seem to be hit and misses. I'll have to give castor oil a try.

    Thanks again for the help, ladies! I've been using your suggestions, and I've seen an improvement in my hair since I started this topic. :toothy8: