Regrowing Thin Edges And Bald Spots Caused By Alopecia With Essential Oils

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What’s Going On?

Thin edges caused by traction alopecia used to be a rare condition in black women up to 20 years ago but with the large scale popularization of weaves, it is more common than ever particularly among younger women.

It’s a shame that most of these women didn’t know that by slightly adjusting their regimens they could have turned the act of wearing weave into a means by which to achieve long healthy hair of their own. Sadly, even now some are ignorant of this fact.

The truth is unless you are like the Chadian women who don’t mind too much that the rest of their hair has galloped past their hairlines – thin edges in stark comparison to the rest of their flowing mane – then you want to have a thick hairline to match the rest of your crown. The women from Chad tend to go for the sparse hairline look for a certain aesthetic appeal because it gives the illusion of a protruding forehead which in their culture, means they are beautiful.

Thankfully most of us have come to realize the potential pitfalls of tight braiding (micro-braiding & cornrows included) which gives us a better chance at arresting any issues with thinning edges before they begin; but, for those who have already been struck with traction alopecia, all there is to do is to try to find a way to regrow those edges.

Alopecia Areata, on the other hand, causes round patches of hair loss currently thought to be an autoimmune condition. With this type of alopecia, if the hair loss is not comprehensive (all over the body), the hair will regrow in a few months with or without treatment but it can’t hurt to speed things along.

Before even embarking on a treatment plan, you must stop what it is that you were doing to cause the thinning in the first place in the case of traction alopecia.


Avoid Braiding

It is best to avoid any type of braiding: micros, weaves & cornrows.  Normally, we would advise you to give them up altogether for the duration of your treatment since they tend to weaken the hairline by placing pressure on the follicles beneath the scalp; however, if you are the type of person who finds braiding to be your best option for a protective style then we suggest that you:

  • Limit the duration that you would keep in your braids for. If you are used to going four weeks with your braids it may be to your benefit to keep it for at least one week but no more than two weeks. This way you lessen the amount of time the hair endures the pull of the extensions if you add hair.
  • You can get the braided look for special occasions only to give your hairline time to breath without tension.
  • You can install crochet braids for the braided look. There are various methods that you can employ to rock the style without sacrificing hair loss. With regards to limiting the tension on individual strands at the hairline, you can opt for installing reasonably sized individual twists or plaits before you put in the extension hair in that area. This way the hair would be organized in such a way that boosts their tensile strength, thus making them more capable of supporting braids.
  • Make crown braids a staple. You would make a part to isolate the edges, use extensions to form braids long enough to wrap around the affected area and then pin them in place to hide the hairline. At night you could apply your treatment to the area easily without messing with the do too much.

Avoid Ponytails Or Tight Updos

These hairstyles put stress on the hair follicles around your hairline (which is where most thinning occurs) as well as tempt you to try to slick down or sculpt the poor strands left in an attempt to achieve artistic looking baby hairs. All that stress appled to try to “slay them edges”  is just not worth it. Let the fuzz alone so it can have a fighting chance to rebound.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Avoid harsh chemicals coming in contact with your scalp, these include relaxers and chemical hair colors. Keep your products as natural as possible.

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About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Comments

  1. Candice

    I am 24 years old and have thin edges and bald spots in my nape area. My hair is thick except in those areas. Balding and thinning hair runs in my family. I have been dealing with this problem since I was about 17. I don’t know what to do its so so embarrassing. I used to wear alot of tight braids, get perms and put alot of gel in my hair but im trying to avoid those things now Help! Please!

    1. Shells

      I know that there are several different types of Castor oil but which one is better?

  2. Donna Chesser
    Donna Chesser

    Looks like she even permed the damaged edges look. You can’t relax damage hair. It will never grow back now!

    1. Jamillah Davis
      Jamillah Davis

      I’ve been an avid wearer of sew-ins for the last 3 years and have NEVER experienced anything like that. I have thick, natural hair and all my edges. Weaves are no always the culprit for hairloss such as this.

  3. Jamillah Davis
    Jamillah Davis

    Before someone comments negatively or makes fun of the woman in the picture, please understand that regular alopecia happens at no fault of the person & cannot be prevented by the person who has it. TENSION Alopecia is caused by the hair being pulled too tight by different hairstyles and can be prevented.

  4. Diana White
    Diana White

    Wow tht is severe..and I’m complaining abt my edges–it hers can fixed then there’s hope for me.

    1. Jamillah Davis
      Jamillah Davis

      tension alopecia is caused by contact tension on the hair and follicles, causing the hair to come out. Some ppl are born w/ alopecia and don’t have any body hair, none on their head, no eyebrows, etc. That type of alopecia is a medical condition that just occurs, whereas “traction alopecia’ occurs because the hair was pulled too tight and too often.

  5. Kerlone T Merchant
    Kerlone T Merchant

    this is not regular alopecia, tension on her hair cause this. i would go to the barber and shear the sides to style it in a mohawk. it already looks like that

  6. Dawn Williams
    Dawn Williams

    She could have just mald pattern baldness, cancer treatments, Trichtotelomania or how ever you spell it. Why would the 1st thing that jump out of som1s mouth is must be wearin too many weaves huh huh. Now that youv gotten your FB attention…. pick up a book & keep reading. Plus there are different types of alopesia. There is a type that if you are under alot of stress, it causes your edges to fall completely out & it is well known in white people but they are not gonna down each other about having to get expensive hair pieces. I know for a FACT.

  7. Shemeke L Taylor
    Shemeke L Taylor

    Is there any doctors on this post, so Alopecia can look this way. I have Lupus and finally after they realized after test being ran that I had not had a perm this is how my hair looked it just started coming out so because you don’t use chemicals don’t try and judge the next person a lot of you went natural for a different reason that’s all I’m going to say about that. Don’t pretend it’s just been all of your life.

  8. Tee La
    Tee La'Cara

    I don’t agree that this only became a problem 20 years ago. I am 39 and I can clearly recall seeing girls with edges like this as far back as elementary school.

  9. Famina Rolle
    Famina Rolle

    God bless you talk to the people to see if you can use Hair infinity they are great for growing hair back

  10. Maya Watson-Alleyne
    Maya Watson-Alleyne

    I have CCCA and JBCO has help my edges a lot. But my Dr wants me to stop bc it also causes inflammation for people who have alopecia. Ladies lets be nice to one another….. We are here to help one another not hurt each other.

  11. Andrea Dallas
    Andrea Dallas

    Antonia Williams sorry to say I can’t recommend any product for thinning/bald edges. The best thing I ever did was simply going natural not pulling my hair back, wrapping up @ night & I’ve used Jamaician black castor oil keep it oiled.

  12. Touran Brown
    Touran Brown

    I have a 30year old son and I have been doing braids before he was born I also have had many of my customers with the problem and I always tell them to when you wash your hair be sure to do a hot oil treatment and it seems to work just fine

  13. Myrtle Githinji
    Myrtle Githinji

    I’ve heard eating lots of raw garlic (sorry your friends may flee) and lots of onions. You never know hon it may work.

  14. Agnes Williams
    Agnes Williams

    Mines Is not quite that bad but it thin I’ve tried every thing …. Now I have more things on my list to try…

  15. Starlan Hoke
    Starlan Hoke

    These people braiding hair to tight Iam 61 I don’t play that I got a head of thick hair my hair been every color grow like crazy all this glue sewin if not done right yes you will be bald

  16. Nicole Ivy
    Nicole Ivy

    I use Jamaican black castor oil %100 and I use wild growth. I believe Its Ors has a product that I know works Great as well

  17. Sophia DIxon
    Sophia DIxon

    LADIES WE NEED TO STAND STRONG AGAINST THESE” WEIVOLOGIST” DESTROYING OUR SISTER’S HAIR LINES!!

  18. Tae Moore
    Tae Moore

    JOB is the bomb! Been using it for almost a year now. Hair is so thick and healthy!

  19. Emet Ahavah
    Emet Ahavah

    I know this glue from weaves and Hair dye…vitamin deficient will cause this..remedy sewn in weave done right to fall over area for long period of time…rub in coconut castor olive oil do Not wash with sulfate shampoo …take Folic acid eat lots fish and garlic…smile often

  20. Sandra Ifeoma Orimilikwe
    Sandra Ifeoma Orimilikwe

    This is an extreme case of traction alopecia. I think that she should completely stop relaxing her hair for good. First treat the edges with JBCO and essential oils that stimulate hair growth. No protective styling just washing, conditioning and daily moisturizing…no pulling hair back at least for now

  21. Allison Reid
    Allison Reid

    Hmmm they have hair balm for that, you rub it where you lose hair and it grows back, seen people who wear alot of braids hair grow back
    Alexis’ comment below helps alot too

  22. Jamila Kelly
    Jamila Kelly

    I can’t necessarily feel bad foe people who bring this upon themselves. But, if born with it, yes.

  23. Gray Jenkins Paulette
    Gray Jenkins Paulette

    Some people are so insensitive and uneducated . There are many other reasons people may not have hair @ Kelly. In my case because of breast cancer and my hair grew back thinner and of a different texture that’s harder to manage. Actually, all of my hair is thinner…eyelids, etc. Hopefully you’ll never have to encounter any life issue that you have no control over!

  24. Amal Jolie
    Amal Jolie

    Julia Holmes
    That’s “Traction Alopecia” caused by tight hairstyles. Mine is different hunni x

  25. Amal Jolie
    Amal Jolie

    @ Julia Holmes thanks for showing me tho. I suffer from “Alopecia Areata” its an autoimmune disease and there is no cure for mine because its my immune system attacking my hair follicles. Where this type of alopecia can be stopped if she looks after her hair ….

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