How To Treat Thin Edges
For those of you who are struggling with thin edges there is hope! For years I have been struggling with my thin hairline and for a long time I just gave up and accepted my bald edges. I thought, because thin edges haunted so many of my family members I blamed it on genetics, so there was no way around it, right? WRONG! After doing some research I came across Hairlista.com that gave me hope, the journey had begun! Since then I have been on a mission for a thicker, fuller, hairline and while postpartum hair loss has set me back a bit I’m ready to get my edges back! Are you ready to join me…then let’s do it!!
So, let’s take a look at why so many of us maybe struggling with this major hair problem.
Thin edges can be a result of age, genetics, or underlying health conditions such as alopecia, lupus, hyperthyroidism, and/or post-partum hair loss. It can also be caused by one of two things:
- Scalp infection; which can be resolved by products containing anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties which help to fight off dandruff and bacteria off your scalp
- Excessive amount of tension/stress applied to a specific area over a long period of time as a result of wearing tight braids and pony tails.
In order for your hair to grow back, the hair follicles need to be rejuvenated to improve blood circulation thus promoting more hair growth. This can be achieved through scalp stimulation which helps to improve blood circulation throughout the scalp. Also, when you remove dandruff and/or bacteria from your scalp, hair follicles become unclogged, allowing the scalp to breathe resulting in faster hair growth.
You should first stop any practices that contribute to adding tension/stress to your edges such as wearing tight braids, tight pony tails and/or using rough hard bristle brushes on your edges. If you’ve found yourself using any of those methods to achieve your hairstyle don’t be ashamed for I too am guilty of wearing my puff kinda tight; cause it’s cute that way right? Ok, but having bald edges is not so let’s fix it, together!
Sunshyne from Hairlista.com recommends a couple of options which can be incorporated in your hair regimen: You don’t have to use all these oils but if you’re going to use Rosemary or Peppermint be sure to use a carrier oil such as Coconut or Olive Oil
- Rosemary Oil– Needs to be mixed with a carrier oil and is known to increase blood flow, therefore, promoting hair growth.
- *Peppermint Oil– Needs to be mixed with a carrier oil. It gives a cooling effect/tingle to the scalp, removes dandruff, and purifies the scalp. Known to increase blood flow, therefore, promoting hair growth.
- *Castor Oil– Cleanses toxins and impurities from your scalp and stimulates hair growth while moisturizing dry brittle hair. Castor oil also nourishes and thickens the hair.
- *Coconut Oil– Promotes hair growth by revitalizing and exfoliating dead skin tissue from the scalp. Works great to remove dandruff so that the scalp/hair follicles can breathe and the hair can grow at a faster rate.
- Aloe Vera Gel/Juice– Includes an enzyme that is beneficial in stimulating new hair reproduction.
- Vitamin E– An antioxidant that enhances scalp circulation. Helps to increase and improve circulation of your scalp, promoting the growth of healthy hair.
- Miconazole Nitrate– Found in yeast infection creams and Neosporin. Because this contains antifungal properties if applied to the scalp, it will remove dandruff and/or bacteria off the scalp thus promoting hair growth (caution: can cause headaches)
- Sulfur 8– Provides a tingling sensation to the scalp. Helps to remove dandruff off the scalp. It brings about hair growth, strong nails, and smooth skin.
- Mega-Tek– Stimulates and promotes rapid hair regrowth without the use of silicone, synthetic polymers, oils, or petroleum based products.
- ORS Temple Balm– The balm soothes the nerves, helping to stimulate the hair follicles to regrow hair around the hairline. This product contains a blend of horsetail, menthol, and juniper.
- *Wild growth Oil– This product contains a mixture of olive, coconut, and jojoba oils. It aids in the growth of hair and also acts as moisturizer for dry, brittle hair.
NOTE: These oils are only recommendations. You can mix the oils or use them alone. Choose one or two and stick to it. Patience is KEY! If you’re going to use an essential oil like Peppermint or Rosemary use a carrier oil such as Coconut or Extra Virgin Olive Oil with it. I’ve only used my oil mixture (Castor Oil, Peppermint Oil, & Coconut Oil) every night and sometimes every other night by gently massaging in the oil to increase blood circulation thus promoting hair growth. Oil do not have to be heated.
Click the oil you’d like to purchase, you’ll then be redirected to Vitamin Shoppe’s Website.
Products can be purchased by clicking here>> Vitamin Shoppe.
Most important be consistent and remember hair growth does not happen overnight!
Credit: Sunshyne Hairlista.com
*Products that I use in my hair regimen
My Hair Journey before my BIG CHOP! I used Coconut, Castor, and Peppermint Oil to help treat my edges. I mix them together.