By Chinwe of Hair and Health

Are you having difficulty regrowing your edges?  Or maybe you are having a hard time recovering from hair loss or severe shedding?  Well the following recipes may probably help.  (Keep in mind that while these recipes are based on reviewed studies, they are not guaranteed solutions, especially depending on the source of your condition.)

1. Green Tea Spritz

3 mL green tea extract (ideally 80%+ EGCG)
20 mL distilled water

Mix together and store in a cool, dark place.  (If using green tea extract supplements, crush thoroughly before mixing into water.)  Massage into scalp nightly.  If preferred, you may alternatively drink green tea as part of your diet (after consulting a doctor).

What Research Says:
I was on a hair care site years ago when I first read that green tea may enhance hair regrowth. A skeptic at first, I decided to see what research I could find on the topic. Amazingly, there are some studies that have suggested a connection between green tea and hair regrowth. Apparently, the growth is linked to the polyphenolic compounds (particularly epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG) contained in green tea. Applying green tea topically or consuming it may prove beneficial.

Journal of National Medical Association. 2005 August; Volume 97, No. 8: pp. 1165–1169.
Phytomedicine. 2007 Aug; Volume 14, No. 7-8:pp. 551-555.

2. Essential Oil Blend

2 drops thyme essential oil
3 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops rosemary essential oil
2 drops atlas cedar/cedarwood essential oil
3 mL jojoba oil
20 mL grapeseed oil

Mix the essential oils into the carrier oil combination (jojoba and grapeseed), and store in a cool, dark place. Massage into scalp nightly for a minimum of two minutes.  To aid absorption, follow up by wrapping your head with a warm towel. (DISCLAIMER: Essential oils are very potent. Please consult a doctor before using them, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a medical condition.)

What Research Says:
According to the results of one 1998 study, daily massaging of the scalp with an essential oil mixture showed an advantage to treating alopecia areata when compared to massaging with carrier oils alone. The reason for the improvement in hair growth is unclear – perhaps aromatherapy is beneficial to reducing stress? The speculated cause of alopecia areata is an attack on the hair cells by the immune system. Some believe that stress may aggravate the condition.

Archives of Dermatology. 1998 Nov; Volume 134, No. 11: pp. 1349-1352.

3. Ginkgo Biloba Extract Spritz

14 mL ginkgo leaf extract (liquid form)
6 mL water (or a carrier oil)

Mix the ingredients together and massage into scalp nightly.  If preferred, you may alternatively take ginkgo biloba extract in supplement form. (NOTE: Please consult a doctor before taking or using ginkgo leaf extract, especially if you have a blood- or heart-related medical condition.)

What Research Says:
Ginkgo biloba extract is said to mitigate poor blood circulation. It is typically used to improve memory, but has also been associated with promoting hair regrowth, according to one study.

Yakugaku Zasshi (Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan). 1993 Oct; Volume 113, No. 10: pp. 718-724.

Ladies, have you had success with any of these methods or others?  Please share!


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I had stress related alopecia & my nape was almost bald. I went to a derm, used steroid cream & got steroid shots. Then winter came & the new hair fell out again. I started using the lavender,thyme,cedarwood,rosemary mix & my hair started to grow in again. I found that the mix worked much better if I only used JBCO & not the grapeseed & jojoba. Since then I’ve added a Hairmax laser comb to my regimen, which REALLY kicked the growth up a notch & now my nape has filled in


This made me believer that oils with with massage Daily works stimulate the follicles to opens up and allow the hair to grow, now I used JBCO and peppermint oil and placed a plastic bag at night before bed and washed weekly and rinsed with ACV to get rid of build up and this is what I got. A picture speaks a thousand word and concludes my results!


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cant use rosemary have my head hurting rosemary will raise the blood pressure .

Beautifully Misunderstood

A quarter size amount of hair was ripped from my scalp from too tight braids. I used a combination via alternating Lavender oil, peppermint oil, coconut oil & jbco. My hair has fully recovered.

I just found a nickel size spot at the crown of my head. Will start my process over again before I give in & get medical attention. This post was very informative and I may incorporate some of these.


Instead of using green tea extract can you just brew some green tea and pour it in a spray bottle?

Patience is key and low to no manipulation, but when you’ve lost your patience (after 2-3 years of being natural) it may be time to try other avenues. At first I tried only castor oil (regular, black & pimento blends) 4-6 month and saw some growth. I then used ORS brand growth products for another 4-6 months and again more growth. I am on the quest for products to give major noticeable growth (and didn’t see with previous products). I don’t feel I’m jumping from one band wagon to the next, I try only one product for at least 4-6… Read more »

I used a oil call amka oil that I brought from liquid gold. It works for me very well,


I’ve tried a lot of different things to get my edges to grow back. JBCO and essential oils definitely made a great improvement in my edges. But sulfur and ayurvedic powders in carrier oils have really made my edges start to grow back the most. Ladies, don’t give up on your edges! It can take a few months or even a couple of years, but keep the faith.


Shiver me timbers, them’s some great initamrofon.


You’re right sulfur is definitely great for hair growth. Years ago, I used sulfur 8 and B &B hair grease (which contains sulfur) and I had hair growth without any effort. Now I have been using a natural oil mix with sulfur and my edge growth has really taken off.

Blessed :)
Thanks for this article :)– I’ve been using Castor oil, and it’s working… Then I started to alternate each night with white iodine. I have noticed even more improvement!– I have Alopecia, a dollar size spot on the front of the hairline, and large spot on the top of my head. My hair has been this way for well over 10 years now. I’ve been on the natural hair journey for over a year now… Along with hair growth the spots are getting significantly smaller 🙂 They were huge at one point, and before this journey I had given up… Read more »

I believe you 100%! My edges was satched some 15 yrs ago and was told it would neva grow back bec the follicles were dead, i just started my nat hair jurney about 5 mths ago and started using the Emu oil and it worked now i on the Jamacian black castor oil ahd my edges are comming in nicely


yes emu oil is PROVEN to help hair growth.


Like +2 Instead of liking i Accidentally disliked. sorry.

I use a mixture of Jbco, rosemary and lavender on my edges and I’ve seen hair sprout up were I have never had hair. I’m not making this up either because edges are easy to document in terms of growth. I also used the mix to grow in my brows. I actually apply the mix very delicately and don’t even massage it in and apart from that leave my edges be. They are growing in nicely and quicker than ever. There are other oils (I think the essential oils are the key) like jojoba as suggested that can be used… Read more »

What grew my edges back? TIME and absolutely NO manipulation. The most I did — and it really wasn’t much — was apply some olive oil on occasion.

Only a doctor can determine if the damage or thinning is permanent. If it’s temporary, then the way back to health need not be super complicated. Leaving the areas alone is about as simple as it gets…but I’d love to know if anyone finds success using one of these recipes.