Eek! I'm sure we've all seen the notorious picture of Naomi Campbell's horrific thinning edges floating around the Internet by now. Sadly, a lot of black women have and are dealing with the reality of thinning and bald edges. In most cases, thinning edges are caused by wearing the hair pulled back to tightly on a regular basis, wearing braids that pull too tightly on the edges and improperly removing hair weaves. It is common that thinning edges can also be caused by medical problems such as dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and traction alopecia, for example.
Peppermint Essential Oil
This oil is known to increase the blood flow of the scalp, therefore aiding in the hair growth process. When using peppermint oil, be sure to mix with a carrier oil. The oil is desensitizing and has a refreshing yet tingling sensation. Do not get into eyes or mouth, as this oil is highly potent.
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E also promotes scalp circulation and enhances hair growth.
Promotes hair growth by increasing the blood flow of the scalp/ This essential oil should be mixed with a carrier oil before applying topically.
Since grapeseed oil is odorless and non greasy in texture, it can be applied by people who do not like the feeling of hair that is weighed down by rich and heavy oils. Since Vitamin E and linoleic acid are present in grapeseed oil, it helps to strengthen hair for stronger hair growth and prevents breakage.
Neem oil is an anti-microbial type of oil and is great at fighting and preventing dandruff and hair loss.
Amla oil is rich in Vitamin C, in fact it has more Vitamin C than an orange and is perfect for strengthening the hair, preventing premature graying and *gasp* hair loss!
Cinnamon Extract or Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Cinnamon is a natural stimulant and increases the blow flow and circulation of the scalp.
Note: If using cinnamon essential oil, you must mix with a carrier oil before applying to your hair and scalp. Cinnamon extract should be avoided if you are pregnant or nursing. There have also been claims that cinnamon has lightened the hair for some but I have not been able to verify this information as of yet.
This is one oil that will forever stay in my rotation as a "staple." Not only is coconut oil extremely light and moisturizing, it also aids in hair growth by nourishing the hair shaft and strengthening the cuticle for stronger hair growth.
Rose Hips Essential Oil
Applied as a hot oil treatment for brittle, damaged hair, or massaged into dry or flaking areas of the skin or scalp, Rose Hip Oil goes to work instantly to improve texture and help promote healing.
*Disclaimer: If you feel you may have more of a serious problem with hair loss, you may want to consult a physician, dermatologist or trichologist to determine if there is a more serious underlying problem to hair loss.