7 Home Remedies To Grow Thinning Edges That Will Actually Make Your Life Better

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Experiencing thinning edges is very dreadful. Whether the thinning edges results from tension, poor nutrition or bad hair care practices, there are effective home remedies that you can use to grow back thinning edges.


The best home remedies to grow thinning edges are:

  1. Aloe Vera Juice
  2. Fenugreek Seeds
  3. Lavender Oil
  4. Jamaican Black Castor Oil
  5. Onion Juice Treatment

Read on for more.

There was a time I decided to give my hair a break from frequent styling by installing braids. Little did I know that wearing tight braids for a long time was doing more harm than good!

I noticed my edges were thinning after wearing the tight braids in a bun for close to 5 weeks! What a dreadful experience undoing my hair only to find I lost tons of hair especially along the edges!

In this article, I will review home remedies that I came across as I was doing my research when I experienced thinning edges.

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7 Best Home Remedies for Thinning Edges

Sometimes you don’t have to go so far to get simple solutions to common hair problems. Look around your house and you will be surprised how many home remedies you can find.

Here are seven home remedies that you can use to restore thinning edges.

Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe Vera is loaded with nutrients that nourish thinning edges.  It has been used for centuries for both the skin and hair because of its healing properties.

Here are the benefits of using Aloe Vera Juice on your edges:

  • Aloe Vera juice is loaded with amino acids and vitamin A, B, C and E. These nutrients provide nourishment to the hair follicles enabling hair growth.
  • Folic and vitamin B12 in aloe Vera strengthens the hair strands preventing breakage along the hairline
  • Contains proteolytic enzymes which removes dead cells from the scalp and promote regeneration of new cells around the hair follicles.
  • Aloe Vera can also help remove excess sebum found on the scalp. These help provide a good environment for hair growth.
  • It has antimicrobial and anti- inflammatory properties making it an effective remedy for scalp related issues especially dandruff.
  • Aloe Vera juice conditions and moisturizes hair and scalp. Proper hydration equals healthy hair growth.
  • Aloe Vera has a pH of between 4.5- 5.5. The pH of hair and scalp falls within the same range. When aloe Vera juice is used, it normalizes the hair’s pH and relieves scalp irritation.

Applying Aloe Vera juice on your edges and massaging the hairline regularly is key to restoring thinning edges.  

Onion Juice Treatment

The Onion is a common kitchen ingredient which can be used to stimulate hair growth and potentially prevent hair loss.

A study was done to test the effectiveness of Onion juice as a topical treatment for Alopecia Areata (a hair loss condition). The results of the study showed that the use of onion juice showed significantly high results in promoting hair re-growth. [1]

Here some of the reasons that make onion juice an effective hair treatment that can stimulate hair growth and restore thinning edges.

1. It’s rich in dietary sulfur

Sulfur from topical application of onion juice provide additional nourishment to support the growth of thicker and stronger hair strands therefore preventing hair loss and promoting hair growth.

Sulfur also helps in the production of collagen which in aids in the production of keratin.  

Dietary sulfur has a potential of extending the hair growth phase. The result of this is longer and thicker hair.

2. It has antimicrobial effects

Antimicrobial effects of onion juice keep scalp infections at bay. Applying onion juice to your hair and scalp while focusing on your thinning edges, to keep the scalp healthy as a result strong healthy hair will grow.

3. Onion juice has antioxidant properties

Antioxidants are compounds that protect the body against free radicals by cancelling out their effect. Presence of free radicals on the scalp can be damaging to the hair follicles leading in hair thinning and hair loss.

Onion juice contains compounds such as flavonoids which neutralizes free radicals reducing the damage to the hair follicles.

Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek is an herb that originates from the southern parts of Asia and Mediterranean. Fenugreek was used in ancient times by Indian women to promote hair growth. This trend is picking up in the rest of the world.

Nutritionally, fenugreek contains protein, nicotinic acid, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, calcium and iron.

Massaging the water soaked in Fenugreek seeds on your thinning edges will stimulate growth. Other than focusing on the edges, ensure you use apply on the entire scalp and hair strands.

Here are the benefits of using Fenugreek on hair

1. Prevents hair loss

Fenugreek works to prevent hair loss by inhibiting DHT. Excess amount of DHT causes hair follicles to gradually shrink, increasing the hair resting phase and reduces the active hair growth phase resulting pattern baldness.

Protein, nicotinic acid and antecedent in fenugreek all work together to strengthen the hair shaft and prevent breakage.

2. Boosts hair growth

Fenugreek is nutritionally rich in protein and iron. These are some of the essential nutrients that play a role in supporting proper hair growth and restoring a thinning edges.

3. Maintains health of the scalp

Fenugreek contains compounds such as saponins and flavonoids which contribute to its anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. Therefore, it can fight inflammation and infection that may be a cause for thinning edges.

It has wound healing properties making it good for soothing an irritated hair line.

4. Helps increase hair density

Fenugreek seeds contain lecithin and nicotinic acid which help rebuild hair follicles promoting the growth of thicker, longer and stronger hair strands.

Lavender Oil

Massaging lavender oil mixed with a carrier oil such as Olive will help grow back thinning edges. Here are some of the benefits of using Lavender oil on your edges:

1. Promotes hair growth

Lavender oil has been found effective in functioning as a hair growth stimulant.

In one study, application of lavender oil on mice made them grow more hair at a faster rate than normal. The hair also thickened. [2]

2. Lavender oil has antimicrobial properties

Infections present on the scalp can gradually weaken hair strands and especially along the edges. When lavender oil is used on the scalp, it prevents the growth of fungi and bacteria as it has antimicrobial properties.

3. Lavender oil has anti-inflammatory properties

Scalp inflammation can lead to hair thinning. Topical application of lavender oil can soothe the scalp along the hair line thus promoting growth of thinning edges.

4. Essence of lavender oil is a stress reliever

Stress is one of the major contributors to hair loss and thinning edges.

When one is stressed, the brain produces a hormone, cortisol, which can interrupt hair growth and cause hair loss. Lavender oil is used in aromatherapy to elevate your mood and keep the brain from unnecessarily producing cortisol.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Jamaican black castor oil was used traditionally as a hair and acne treatment.

It an effective home remedy for thinning edges as it’s easily absorbed into the scalp. When massage along the edges, it increases blood flow administering valuable nutrients to the hair follicles.

Jamaican black castor oil promotes a healthy scalp by preventing dandruff and scalp itchiness. A healthy scalp equals healthy hair.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil may prevent thinning edge and promotes hair growth.

It contains a compound called menthol. Menthol in peppermint is a vasodilator. It causes the dilation of blood vessels increasing blood flow within the scalp.

This helps to deliver nutrients to the hair follicles preventing hair loss and promoting massive hair growth especially during the growing phase.

In study conducted on mice, peppermint oil increased the number of follicles, the follicle depth and overall hair growth. [3]

Similar to Lavender and Rosemary oil, Peppermint oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects. These properties make it helpful when dealing with scalp issues such as dryness and scalp itchiness.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary oil has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. It can also be used for hair. Recently it has been found to be beneficial in promoting hair growth and thus good for restoring thinning edges.

Here are the benefits of massaging rosemary oil on your scalp especially along the edges.

1. Promotes hair growth

Rosemary oil can improve cellular generation. By this it is also able to improve hair thickness and hair growth.

2. May prevent hair loss.

Rosemary prevents hair loss caused by androgenic alopecia by inhibiting DHT.

In a study, rosemary oil performed as well as minoxidil- a common hair growth treatment- though with less scalp itching as a side effect. [3]

It also helps regrow hair resulting from alopecia areata/ patchy hair loss.

3. Has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Presence of free radicals and inflammation can cause hair thinning. Rosemary neutralizes free radicals and relieves the scalp of inflammation creating a good environment for hair growth.

4. Rosemary oil has a self-cleansing property.

Our hair edges are usually exposed to a lot of pollutants as we are running our errands throughout the day.

Dirt and pollutants build up and end up clogging the hair pores. Clogged pores lead to thinning hair. The cleansing property of rosemary oil helps unblock clogged follicles promoting the growth of thicker strands and sprouting of more hairs along your hairline.

Rosemary oil can trigger the circulation and drainage of the lymphatic system facilitating the expelling of growth inhibiting toxins present on the scalp.

Avoid tight hairstyles

Other than using home remedies to restore the edges, it always good to prevent the edges from thinning in the first place.

Tight hairstyles play the biggest roles in thinning edges.  The hairstyles you are wear should protect your edges but not destroy.

When your hairstyle is too tight you’ll notice small bumps near the follicle, a condition known as traction folliculitis. [4]  This condition may lead to hair loss if not addressed.

To avoid this, here are  the dos and don’ts when it comes to hairstyles:

  • Avoid hairstyles that tags, pulls and strains your hairline too aggressively
  • Avoid hairstyles that cause you pain or are too heavy
  • In case you experience excessive discomfort during installation, inform the stylist to adjust the style.
  • Remove the style if you experience pain and discomfort more than a day after installation.
  • Too small or too large hair units can be damaging to your hairline, avoid them.
  • Wear your natural hair from time to time to give your edges a rest from tension placed on the scalp.

There you go; I hope you found this article useful. Despite the smell, I found that onion juice was the most effective for my edges. Other people swear by Aloe Vera Juice and Fenugreek. The most important is to try at least 3 remedies before settling on one.

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