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!


Empow­er­ing women of col­or to break bar­ri­ers. Cherish.Thy.Melanin.

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Jada Kaye

Check out my video of how I grew back my edges—>


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.


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.


Shiv­er me tim­bers, them’s some great ini­ta­m­ro­fon.

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


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


yes emu oil is PROVEN to help hair growth.

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.