Regrowing Thin Edges And Bald Spots Caused By Alopecia With Essential Oils

Regrowing Thin Edges And Bald Spots Caused By Alopecia With Essential Oils

Thinning edges caused by traction alopecia used to be a rare condition in black women up to 20 years ago but with the large scale popularization of weaves it is more common than ever particularly among younger women.

It’s a shame that most of these women don’t know that by slightly adjusting their regimens they can turn the act of wearing weave into a means by which to achieve long healthy hair of their own.

Thankfully most of us realize the potential pitfalls of tight braiding (micro-braiding & cornrows included) before our edges begin to thin. But for those who have already been struck with traction alopecia all there is to do is to try to find a way to regrow those edges.

Alopecia Areata on the other hand causes round patches of hair loss currently thought to be an autoimmune condition. With this type of alopecia, if the hair loss is not universal (all over body), the hair will regrow in a few months with or without treatment but it can’t hurt to speed things along.

Things To Avoid

Before even embarking on a treatment plan, you must stop what it is that you were doing to cause the thinning in the first place in the case of traction alopecia.

1. Avoid any type of braiding, micros, weaves & cornrows, you should give them up altogether for the duration of your treatment.

2. Avoid ponytails, these also put stress on the hair follicles around your hairline which is where most thinning occurs.

3. Avoid harsh chemicals coming in contact with your scalp, these include relaxers and chemical hair colors. Keep your products as natural as possible.

Using Essential Oils

Many essential oils are linked with stimulating hair follicles to either regrow hair or to increase hair growth rate. A lot of the evidence in some of these oils is anecdotal so if it’s your first experience with hair loss, it would be better to stick with the essential oils that have some scientific backing in regards to hair regrowth.

Isabelle C Hay showed an improvement in 44% of cases of alopecia areata in a randomized double blind controlled trial. In this study she used:

3 drops of Lavender oil

2 drops of Thyme oil

3 drops of Rosemary oil

2 drops of Cedarwood oil

These oils were mixed in a carrier oil mixture which was a combination of Jojoba oil approx 1/2 teaspoon, and Grapeseed oil approx 4 teaspoons.

Supreme Aromatherapy Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential OilsOils should be massaged into the affected area for at least 2 minutes every night. Of course the same recipe will work in cases of traction alopecia too.

I’ve seen some people have success by omitting one or two of the essential oils or even with the addition of peppermint oil but results may vary depending on your recipe and dedication to applying the oils nightly.

I can’t stress the importance of stopping what you are doing that’s harming your hairline before it becomes really bad e.g Naomi Campbell’s.

Thinning edges and a small bald spot can be regrown with dedicated treatment but not all traction alopecia or alopecia areata can be reversed.


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About Alma

Hi! I'm Alma Ruddock, a full time blogger. I stumbled on a hair care forum in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair forever!. I started as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to bring new information about hair on both this website and my personal blog.

  • Candice

    I am 24 years old and have thin edges and bald spots in my nape area. My hair is thick except in those areas. Balding and thinning hair runs in my family. I have been dealing with this problem since I was about 17. I don’t know what to do its so so embarrassing. I used to wear alot of tight braids, get perms and put alot of gel in my hair but im trying to avoid those things now Help! Please!

  • Annalisa Thompson

    Castor oil to the rescue

  • Donna Chesser

    Looks like she even permed the damaged edges look. You can’t relax damage hair. It will never grow back now!

  • Aaliyah Jones


  • Shelley Washington

    Essential Oils way to go Naturally

  • Vanessa Goingtonextlevel Porter

    I seen a little girl with this problem she was so adorable hope this can get rectify for anyone with this condition

  • Shema Jefferson

    Looks like she wore too many weaves and didn’t let her hair breathe in between

    • Jamillah Davis

      I’ve been an avid wearer of sew-ins for the last 3 years and have NEVER experienced anything like that. I have thick, natural hair and all my edges. Weaves are no always the culprit for hairloss such as this.

    • Mooniesolo Smith

      Yea I always wear my weave as long as I want and it actually grows my hair and it more thicker.

    • Mooniesolo Smith

      So it’s not always the weave and maybe she doesn’t take care of hair…

  • Jamillah Davis

    Before someone comments negatively or makes fun of the woman in the picture, please understand that regular alopecia happens at no fault of the person & cannot be prevented by the person who has it. TENSION Alopecia is caused by the hair being pulled too tight by different hairstyles and can be prevented.

  • Diana White

    Wow tht is severe..and I’m complaining abt my edges–it hers can fixed then there’s hope for me.

  • Alexis Nikki Tobias

    Jamaican Black Castor Oil JBCO, some hair vitamins, drink lots of water, and eat lots of veggies.

  • Ahseya Ramsey

    What’s the difference between tension alopecia and traction alopecia ??

    • Cheryl Mussington

      Both terms seems to be interchangeable. However, traction alopecia appears to be the more widely used term.

    • Jamillah Davis

      tension alopecia is caused by contact tension on the hair and follicles, causing the hair to come out. Some ppl are born w/ alopecia and don’t have any body hair, none on their head, no eyebrows, etc. That type of alopecia is a medical condition that just occurs, whereas “traction alopecia’ occurs because the hair was pulled too tight and too often.

  • Kerlone T Merchant

    this is not regular alopecia, tension on her hair cause this. i would go to the barber and shear the sides to style it in a mohawk. it already looks like that

  • Dawn Williams

    She could have just mald pattern baldness, cancer treatments, Trichtotelomania or how ever you spell it. Why would the 1st thing that jump out of som1s mouth is must be wearin too many weaves huh huh. Now that youv gotten your FB attention…. pick up a book & keep reading. Plus there are different types of alopesia. There is a type that if you are under alot of stress, it causes your edges to fall completely out & it is well known in white people but they are not gonna down each other about having to get expensive hair pieces. I know for a FACT.

  • Shemeke L Taylor

    Is there any doctors on this post, so Alopecia can look this way. I have Lupus and finally after they realized after test being ran that I had not had a perm this is how my hair looked it just started coming out so because you don’t use chemicals don’t try and judge the next person a lot of you went natural for a different reason that’s all I’m going to say about that. Don’t pretend it’s just been all of your life.

  • Antonia Williams

    I’m not sure what to use

  • Tee La’Cara

    I don’t agree that this only became a problem 20 years ago. I am 39 and I can clearly recall seeing girls with edges like this as far back as elementary school.

  • Famina Rolle

    You can buy hairfinity go on to grow hair out

  • Famina Rolle

    God bless you talk to the people to see if you can use Hair infinity they are great for growing hair back

  • Keedy Ervin

    It look like it hurt bad bAd!

  • Maya Watson-Alleyne

    I have CCCA and JBCO has help my edges a lot. But my Dr wants me to stop bc it also causes inflammation for people who have alopecia. Ladies lets be nice to one another….. We are here to help one another not hurt each other.

    • Jamillah Davis

      what is CCCA?

  • Chavon C Genous

    Awwww poor baby. I hope it grows back for her.

  • Andrea Dallas

    Antonia Williams sorry to say I can’t recommend any product for thinning/bald edges. The best thing I ever did was simply going natural not pulling my hair back, wrapping up @ night & I’ve used Jamaician black castor oil keep it oiled.

  • Antonia Williams

    I pull mine back everyday (in a puff). I think I may have yanked out a gray hair as a result…

    • Jamillah Davis

      your point?

  • Maya Watson-Alleyne

    Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA)

  • Maya Watson-Alleyne

    You can google it

  • Touran Brown

    I have a 30year old son and I have been doing braids before he was born I also have had many of my customers with the problem and I always tell them to when you wash your hair be sure to do a hot oil treatment and it seems to work just fine

  • Angelique Ludivine Adolphus


  • Myrtle Githinji

    I’ve heard eating lots of raw garlic (sorry your friends may flee) and lots of onions. You never know hon it may work.

  • Agnes Williams

    Mines Is not quite that bad but it thin I’ve tried every thing …. Now I have more things on my list to try…

  • Starlan Hoke

    These people braiding hair to tight Iam 61 I don’t play that I got a head of thick hair my hair been every color grow like crazy all this glue sewin if not done right yes you will be bald

  • Nicole Ivy

    I use Jamaican black castor oil %100 and I use wild growth. I believe Its Ors has a product that I know works Great as well

  • Sophia DIxon

    Omg, I’m so sorry baby girl, you can do it.All the best!!

  • Sophia DIxon


  • Tae Moore

    JOB is the bomb! Been using it for almost a year now. Hair is so thick and healthy!

  • Tae Moore

    Opps JBC I MEANT

  • Angela White Canady

    tea tree conditioner …rub n daily!!!!

  • Jessica Applegate

    So my question is does this product help with thinning of due to pulling hair back? Please & thank u

  • Christine Macdivaswagg Ivey

    I had it as a child… Swimming and perms at a young age… Brushing and no tension and patience it has grown back…

  • Michele Bess-Reggie Snelling Jr.

    Wow, Jamaican black castor oil will help this geeeshh: (

  • Deborah Toure

    Try hairfinity

  • Emet Ahavah

    I know this glue from weaves and Hair dye…vitamin deficient will cause this..remedy sewn in weave done right to fall over area for long period of time…rub in coconut castor olive oil do Not wash with sulfate shampoo …take Folic acid eat lots fish and garlic…smile often

  • Sandra Ifeoma Orimilikwe

    This is an extreme case of traction alopecia. I think that she should completely stop relaxing her hair for good. First treat the edges with JBCO and essential oils that stimulate hair growth. No protective styling just washing, conditioning and daily moisturizing…no pulling hair back at least for now

  • Allison Reid

    Hmmm they have hair balm for that, you rub it where you lose hair and it grows back, seen people who wear alot of braids hair grow back
    Alexis’ comment below helps alot too

  • Amy Douglas

    God is going to bless you bll

  • Jamila Kelly

    I can’t necessarily feel bad foe people who bring this upon themselves. But, if born with it, yes.

  • Gray Jenkins Paulette

    Some people are so insensitive and uneducated . There are many other reasons people may not have hair @ Kelly. In my case because of breast cancer and my hair grew back thinner and of a different texture that’s harder to manage. Actually, all of my hair is thinner…eyelids, etc. Hopefully you’ll never have to encounter any life issue that you have no control over!

  • Prima Jackson

    Good luck

  • Amal Jolie

    Julia Holmes
    That’s “Traction Alopecia” caused by tight hairstyles. Mine is different hunni x

  • Amal Jolie

    @ Julia Holmes thanks for showing me tho. I suffer from “Alopecia Areata” its an autoimmune disease and there is no cure for mine because its my immune system attacking my hair follicles. Where this type of alopecia can be stopped if she looks after her hair ….

  • Julia Holmes

    Ok Amal Jolie

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