3 Researched Recipes to Regrow Edges and Recover from Shedding


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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20 thoughts on “3 Researched Recipes to Regrow Edges and Recover from Shedding

  1. 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.

    • Hopefully that is not the impression I gave with this post (that growing edges is super complicated, that I think this article trumps any medical advice). If anything, I mention numerous times to consult a doctor. I also mention that these are possible suggestions for those who have difficulty (rather than ease) in growing their edges.

      Just as there articles that recommend to use/do this if you have hair breakage, psoriasis, dry hair, dandruff, etc., such issues can (and possibly should) be discussed with a doctor/dermatologist as well.

      The last few articles I have posted have seemed to irritate just a few folks (meanwhile the rest of the commenters’ responses have been largely positive), but one thing I’ve learned in blogging is that a writer cannot please everybody. Some people will benefit from this and it is for those I write. Regardless, thank you for your comment; in your case, all that was needed was time and no manipulation.


      • Chinwe, my comment wasn’t meant as a personal attack. As someone who has lost her edges twice in the past, I was simply responding with my experience.

        I find that women are always looking for some kind of magic potion to fix one or more hair “curses” — not growing, not growing fast enough, not growing thick enough, etc. — and will pay $$ on this product and that when the solution may simply lie in changing the way the hair is styled and/or manipulated. Not only was this the case for me, it was the case for several other women I know, both natural and non-natural.

        Historically lots of people have made a lot of money off the belief that Afro-textured hair care is super-complicated and requires a lot of extra steps in order to thrive. This continues to bug me personally (hence my occasional use of caps in the comments). The recipes you offer seem to be fairly simple and affordable, and again, I’d love to hear about people’s results with them. Mine, such as it is, is even simpler and more affordable.

  2. 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 but JBCO is what worked for me after trial and error.

  3. 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 on there ever being growth in these areas, my Dr years back told me that if I did not see growth after 6mnths to a year they would never grow back… NOT TRUE…I’m so thankful that I gave it a go. Even up to last night when applying the the castor oil, I could even see more fine baby hairs growing!!!

    • 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

  4. 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.

    • 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.

  5. 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 months before I feel fustrated with it. Although I see growth, there has to be something that works better. I recently purchased an oil blend on-line and hoping to see results I crave. I just knew that going natural would end the alopecia and my hair would fill in, whomp-whomp.

  6. 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.

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  8. 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!

  9. 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

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