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Here is where I will document aspects of my natural hair journey. Please view my fotki for more photos.

I big chopped after a fifteen month transition on Thanksgiving Day 2006. I colored my hair a rich brown during my second year, and I spent the next two years trimming it away. The color made my hair feel weird, and I wasn't retaining moisture or length, very well. I decided to actively grow my hair out in March 2011. I have very fine, medium-density, 4a hair.

Staple Styles: Twists, Braid Outs, Twist Outs, Buns

Measurements From Nape:

BSL- 11.5........MBL- 14in........WSL- 16.5in........WHL- 20in
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Posted 04-01-2012 at 08:36 PM by NappyNelle
Updated 04-07-2012 at 02:58 PM by NappyNelle

I've always had very fine edges, but I always wrote them off as hereditary. After seeing some other fine-haired ladies' hairlines, I am determined to do what I can to thicken my edges.

In person, I did not believe my edges were problematic. After taking the following photographs, I see that I may have been neglecting an important aspect of my regimen.



When styled, my right edges look like this:

I thought my edges looked normal for a fine haired woman.

Possible Contributors to Fine Edges:
  • The way I tie my scarf at night
  • Tight puffs, buns, and ponytails
  • Smoothing my edges with a hard brush


I've stopped my usage of the hard brush, very rarely wear a puff, and I am much more conscious of how I bun my hair.

I will use my herbal sulfur mix directly on my hairline 3x a week. I will massage pure castor oil onto my edges as well.

I am experimenting with ways of tying my scarf that will be more gentle to my edges. I have also purchased a satin bonnet. (Unfortunately, I cannot find my satin pillowcases! I may have to tie a clean scarf over one of my pillows if I am unable to find a way to tie my scarf at night.)

I hope I can thicken my edges with these dedicated measures. Wish me luck!
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    Week 1:

    So far, I have done a good job with treating my edges like fine silk. Twice this week, I applied my sulfur oil to my edges and massaged it in gently. Twice this week, I applied, plain castor oil to my edges and massage it in gently.

    I received my BonBon bonnet and couldn't be happier; but just in case the satin-covered-elastic can be problematic, I have been loosely tying a satin scarf around my edges after treating with oil, and then applying my bonnet. There is little to no tension on my hairline at the moment.
    Posted 04-07-2012 at 02:43 PM by NappyNelle NappyNelle is offline
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    I struggle with my edges... I saw the most progress when I used JBCO on my edges daily... Pure castor oil didnt do much for me.. but maybe it's purely psychological..
    Posted 04-11-2012 at 10:36 AM by JudithO JudithO is offline
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    Hey Judy! I was wondering if regular vs. JB castor oil would make a difference. If I do not see progress along my hairline, I will switch over.
    Posted 04-12-2012 at 10:14 PM by NappyNelle NappyNelle is offline

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