Did Wrapping My Hair Cause Thinning Edges?
It appears my edges thinned when I was under a lot of stress. Five years ago my husband had stomach cancer. When stressed, hair is the least of my worry. I don’t want to deal with it, see it, think about it or be bothered with it. While in the midst of his cancer treatment, my hair broke off badly but my edges were in good shape at the time. In looking through photos, I noticed they started thinning gradually. Therefore, stress and neglect likely played a huge part.
Don’t Neglect Your Edges & Nape When Moisturizing
When moisturizing and sealing, we should ensure product is distributed to the edges and nape. Even with knowing that, I fell into a bad habit where I barely paid attention to them. As I’ve said many times before, dry hair is breaking hair. Therefore, failure to properly moisturize and seal was not helping the cause.
Dermatologist & Hair Stylist Counted Me Out
After our lives settled down and we adjusted to our new normal post-cancer, I decided to seek treatment for my edges. My dermatologist advised me to minimize chemicals, use Rogaine and go natural. My stylist felt the follicles were damaged and regrowth was next to impossible.
Stimulating Oils Helped!
Determined to bounce back, I researched DIY methods for repairing thinning edges. I finally came up with a method that was reasonable, didn’t require me to hang upside down, use vaginal creams or stinky ingredients like onions or garlic. I pieced together a simple oil blend with oils known for promoting growth.
- 2 drops of Rosemary Oil
- 2 drops of Lavender Oil
- 2 drops of Cedarwood Oil
- 0.5 ounce of Jojoba Oil
- 0.5 ounce of Grapeseed Oil
- 1 ounce of Jamaican Black Castor Oil
If you try this oil blend, please patch test and adjust the ratio and oils accordingly.
Oil Blend Benefits
Below are the benefits of the oils used in this blend:
- Jojoba oil mimics our natural scalp sebum and helps to restore our scalp.
- Rosemary oil nourishes the scalp and removes dryness, flaking and dandruff.
- Lavender oil inhibits bacteria causing infections.
- Cedarwood oil stimulates the scalp and promotes hair growth.
- Grapeseed oil contains antioxidants that block DHT, the hormone responsible for hair loss.
- Castor oil is believed to thicken hair follicles.
Scalp Massaging Works!
Because I know scalp massaging helps to stimulate blood flow which promotes growth, I felt adding a stimulating oil blend should only enhance the experience. Therefore, I applied the oil blend to my scalp three to four times per week and massaged my scalp for five minutes every night, regardless if I used the oil blend. I continued this regimen for three months straight and my edges responded favorably. I also noticed increased growth in the length of my hair. Therefore, this is an excellent technique to use even when you’re not dealing with thinning.
Scalp massaging is very relaxing and offers a lot of benefits, but it’s also a lot of work. While five minutes each night doesn’t sound like a lot to give for increased growth, I often felt it was an inconvenience. Therefore, once my edges were restored to a healthy point, I scaled back on the frequency of doing scalp massages. I now massage my scalp about three to four times per week.