HELP! hairstyles for thinning temples

cncurlycncurly Registered Users Posts: 2
Reposted from 4a thread:

I'm a transitioner going on my eleventh month and pretty much have been doing consistent braid outs and twist outs for the last year. This was all fine until I started working at a restaurant and have been required to pull my hair back 4 times a week. I used to have thinning edges around my temples when I was relaxed due to constant ponytails and buns, but during my transition they had finally begun filling back in. However, for the past month I've been resorting to more buns with a headband for work, as my employer does not allow any braids (even without extensions) and it's the only way I can figure out to pull my hair back and make it look presentable (right now my natural roots shrink too much to be pulled back smoothly without a headband). Any suggestions on hairstyles that would not put so much tension on my edges, yet would still keep my hair back and looking nice? I'd really appreciate it- i'm beyond frustrated because I had a good regimen before I started working and coming up with something just as good for my hair (and EDGES) has been so difficult!


  • IAgirlIAgirl Registered Users Posts: 2,540 Curl Neophyte
    Does it have to be pulled straight back (as in, pointing directly back from hairline)?

    Those annoying thin temple places can be covered by pulling your hair down-and-back, with a side part, aiming towards your ears before heading back towards the ponytail. It takes some gel to get it to lie smoothly when the edge hairs are short, but that can certainly be a lower-tension pull-back.

    A smooth headband (wide ribbon?) is a really nice look and if you pick a satin or very smooth ribbon, it shouldn't break hair too much. You can get all manner of ribbon at craft stores or fabric stores.
  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Moderators Posts: 10,840 Curl Virtuoso
    Here's an article we wrote about repairing thinning edges.

    And here's another one about getting smooth edges. :)

    Gretchen co-founder

    You are beautiful!

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