What’s eas­ier than scoop­ing your hair into a pony­tail, tuck­ing it into a bun and head­ing out the door? Well, if you’re like me and have edges that break with only mod­est stress, styles like pony­tails and buns are not quite so easy. So, in an effort to wear edge friend­ly styles I’ve mod­i­fied some hair­styles so I get the look I desire with­out putting unnec­es­sary strain on my hair­line.

The styles below are on fresh­ly washed hair but you can cer­tain­ly style dry hair. I have my hair in four twists in the back (twists from my pre-wash detan­gling) and 2 to 3 large twists in the front.

1. Flat Twist Pony­tail

Each sec­tion in the front is twist­ed into two sec­tions then pinned back with­out tug­ging on the edges. I then place the hair in the back in a hair acces­so­ry (the Flexi 8). Don’t wor­ry if your edges being frizzy. Sim­ply secure with a sat­in scarf for 10–15 min­ute for a sim­ple, neat twist­ed pony­tail.

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2. Loose Twist Bun

If you prefer not to have the appear­ance of twists this style may work for you. In two large sec­tions in the front begin to twist the hair start­ing half way down the sec­tion of hair, such that the twist will not show in the front. I pin those twists back then place them a hair acces­so­ry being sure not to pull on my edges. I am only con­cerned with putting the twist in the hair acces­so­ry NOT tug­ging on my edges.  I pin up the twists in a bun. You can feel free to leave the twists down or let them dry for a twist out pony­tail.

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Smooth Edged Bun

This is a way to achieve the clas­sic bun with­out hurt­ing your air­line. The sec­tions at the top is now com­bined to make one large sec­tion. I then pull all of the hair in a bun secure­ly. Yes, my edges will feel pres­sure, but only for a min­ute. I place the loose hair from the top sec­tion of the hair in the pony­tail over the twists in the pony­tail and tuck them under with bob­by pins. I then tie the hair down with a sat­in scarf. Last­ly, I very gen­tly remove the hair acces­so­ry. You can either go to bed or wait 15 min­utes. Remove the scarf, add the hair acces­so­ry but with the hair neat­ly set there is no need to pull the hair tight­ly. And there you have it. Easy, breezy beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral girl!

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What are some edge friend­ly styles that you enjoy? 


Island girl raised in the most roy­al of NYC’s bor­oughs. Proud nerd, social sci­en­tist, edu­ca­tor and recov­er­ing awk­ward black girl. When not lis­ten­ing to NPR, try­ing to grow spir­i­tu­al­ly, or detan­gling my fro, I’m search­ing for the best shrimp and grits in the Queen City.

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12 Comments on "3 Styles that Won’t Damage Your Edges"

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Can any­one sug­gest cute hair styles for wom­en with thin hair lines. I am real­ly strug­gling to find flat­ter­ing styles that don’t expose the thin­ning, horse shoes on both sides of my tem­ple


Can any­one help me find the hair clip or bar­rett that she is using or some­thing sim­i­lar which does not catch strains of hair?


I think she’s using a “flexi 8” hair pin, they have a web­site too.

Divachyk @Relaxed Thairapy

Love all the styles! I am always seek­ing ways to keep the edges in check.

youngin girl

I love the­se easy, adorable styles. I hope to achieve this out­come and be able to go to work in the­se. Styling can be fun if you know How to braid. Great post and web­site. So much to learn and grow to! <3


Hap­py to see a pic­to­ri­al as youtube is impos­si­ble to access in my country.…beautiful, sim­ple and easy

lystra Alexander

Looks great!!????


I have nev­er had edges issues or break­age, I think some edge break­age is male pat­tern bald­ness for SOME wom­en, in oth­er words hered­i­tary. I have seen ladies in an entire fam­i­ly with the same edge baldness/breakage.

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Very sim­ple and cute styles! While I don’t have any prob­lems with my edges I’ll still try them out regard­less. But I am curi­ous as to whether peo­ple who claim to have sen­si­tive edges do so as a result of pre­vi­ous dam­age. Like if your edges were dam­aged by a relax­er or too-tight weave, would that result in last­ing dam­age for you?

Amma Mama

Very cute styles, she has love­ly hair. My edges are sen­si­tive from BAD weaves and years of over processed relax­ers. They grew back but they’re not as strong and thick as my for­mer years. It’s unfor­tu­nate because I had some thick edges.