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Default Ladies that have overcome thinning edges, what WORKED??

A couple of years ago, I noticed that my hair was thinning at my right temple. When I asked my stylist about it, and told her that my mom's hair is like that (she is just about bald on both sides), she told me that there was nothing I could do if it is hereditary. Well, last night after I washed my hair, I put it up in a ponytail to do the baggie method, and got a big surprise. I could now see my scalp in this same area. I also noticed that I have a bald spot in the middle of my nape area.

I read a lot of threads here on thinning edges and nape area. Most of them were from last year, and ladies were talking about the products they were using at that time. So, I would like to know what actually worked. Please tell me what contributed to your thinning (hereditary, relaxers, braids, etc.), what you used, what your results were, and how long it took you to see results.

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A couple of years ago, I noticed that my hair was thinning at my right temple. When I asked my stylist about it, and told her that my mom's hair is like that (she is just about bald on both sides), she told me that there was nothing I could do if it is hereditary. Well, last night after I washed my hair, I put it up in a ponytail to do the baggie method, and got a big surprise. I could now see my scalp in this same area. I also noticed that I have a bald spot in the middle of my nape area.

I read a lot of threads here on thinning edges and nape area. Most of them were from last year, and ladies were talking about the products they were using at that time. So, I would like to know what actually worked. Please tell me what contributed to your thinning (hereditary, relaxers, braids, etc.), what you used, what your results were, and how long it took you to see results.

ANY help would be appreciated. Thanks!
Hello....

Since ending relaxers about 10 months ago, I have seen a gradual filling in of my edges/temples. I tried some of the topical applications, mainly the ORS temple balm (the one for natural hair). I saw more gradual fill in. I wonder if it was the actual product or the fact that I was stimulating the area when I was using the product. I neglected the area for a while, and while I didn't see any thinning, maybe the growth slowed a little bit.

Last week, at the recommendation and recipe of the sistah who runs www.motowngirl.com, I have been using a homemade spritz of water, peppermint and rosemary EOs (essential oils) and putting these on whenever I remember and actually brushing the area with a soft toothbrush and I believe that this has helped. Since my hair doesn't like oils, I didn't use jojoba oil or vitamin e, but these are helpful oils to use. I think the daily stimulation is a significant source of the growth process.

HTH!

Oh! I meant to add that I made this most recent batch of the spritz with rosemary tea bags instead of the oil.... let's see how this goes....
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Thanks RelaxerRehad. I am about to start stretching my relaxers a bit, so hopefully that will help. I also have vitamin e at home, so I'll try that. That's one less thing for me to buy!!!

Oh, I was also going to get twist extensions, until I saw this. I read that a lot of people got braids but just didn't get braids on their edges. So, should I just skip over that area, or not get them all together???
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Thanks RelaxerRehad. I am about to start stretching my relaxers a bit, so hopefully that will help. I also have vitamin e at home, so I'll try that. That's one less thing for me to buy!!!

Oh, I was also going to get twist extensions, until I saw this. I read that a lot of people got braids but just didn't get braids on their edges. So, should I just skip over that area, or not get them all together???
Ohhh... I still want some twist extensions, but I haven't found anybody to do them yet. I'm spoiled because my one sista-friend can braid off the hook but didn't learn how to do twists!

I wore weaves for a good while until I recently discovered half-wigs! They're great! But when I did get my hair braided, I made sure to say to not make the braids too tight around the edges. My friend noticed that she was able to grab more when I got the braids redone.... Although when I think back on that time, probably any kind of pressure or pull on that area can't be good, esp. over the long term....

Maybe it would depend on the positioning of the twists so that they could hang toward the face and cover the edges, and so then they wouldn't have to be braided/twisted.... The one disadvantage of that is that you wouldn't be able to wear the twists off your face or in an updo/ponytail....
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Default Re: Ladies that have overcome thinning edges, what WORKED??

Just about every female on my mother's side of my family has very little to no hair around their temples. I was the same way and thought that there was nothing that I could do about it.


Here are some of the things that helped me:
· When I found this site, I gave up brushing my hair and I noticed a huge difference.
· I rely on scarves to flatten the hair around my temples instead of a brush
· I used to always sweep one side of my hair behind my ear... I cut that out.
· I massage my temples whenever I think about it with castor oil or EVOO
· I never allow any direct heat to come near my temples
· My stylist applies the relaxer to my temples last since the area is so sensitive.

My mom has seen the benefits of the abovementioned as well. That’s all I can think of right now.

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My old stylist recommended some temple cream by the carrot and mayo people. I used to make sure I oiled my edges and nape with Du Sharme hair creme to ward off breakage. Heat isn't friendly to my nape and edges. My edges and nape area was always shorter and weak when I had a relaxer. When I had a texturizer and now that I am natural that isn't the case because of Jheri Juice moisturizer.
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My old stylist recommended some temple cream by the carrot and mayo people. I used to make sure I oiled my edges and nape with Du Sharme hair creme to ward off breakage. Heat isn't friendly to my nape and edges. My edges and nape area was always shorter and weak when I had a relaxer. When I had a texturizer and now that I am natural that isn't the case because of Jheri Juice moisturizer.
What's the Jheri Juice moisturizer? Do you mean like the old-school jheri curl stuff or something else?
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What's the Jheri Juice moisturizer? Do you mean like the old-school jheri curl stuff or something else?
I call all curl activator Jheri Juice. I use s curl for texturizers in the grey and blue bottle because it doesn't drip or rub off on clothes, hands etc. Great stuff.
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Default Re: Ladies that have overcome thinning edges, what WORKED??

Did you try the olive oil and garlic treatment that stops shedding? That worked for me, but I think my hair was thinning b/c of chemicals. I am in my early 20s. I was relaxed and dyed. Plus, I used surge like right before my touch up. The garlic worked like a charm. Problem solved.
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Surge and Wild Growth Oil. When I relaxed, I also relaxed them very last and I use a soft bristle tooth brush on my edges.
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Lenzi's Request mixed with Rosemary Oil, NEO and/or MN and MTG.
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Default Re: Ladies that have overcome thinning edges, what WORKED??

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Did you try the olive oil and garlic treatment that stops shedding? That worked for me, but I think my hair was thinning b/c of chemicals. I am in my early 20s. I was relaxed and dyed. Plus, I used surge like right before my touch up. The garlic worked like a charm. Problem solved.
Can you give me more information about the olive oil and garlic treatment? Please.
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I went to the dermatologist who prescribed Topicort and then I will undergo some Cortizone injections. So far, with massaging and babying my hairline, it's coming in quite nicely. HTH
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Default Re: Ladies that have overcome thinning edges, what WORKED??

Things that have helped me
-Surge, MTG and not using gels.
-Keeping my temple area clean.

I believe my issue is hereditary along with not knowing how to properly care for my hair.
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Thanks for all of the replies. Has anyone tried ORS Fertiliing Temple Balm???
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profectiv anti-thinning stuff....it improves circulation...and clarifying that area good after using that stuff twice a day everyday.
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Default Re: Ladies that have overcome thinning edges, what WORKED??

I have this problem too. I stop wearing my hair pulled back in buns and/or ponytails for a while in order to see improvement.
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When you get your relaxers make sure your temples are the last area that is relaxed. This way, this section of you har receives the least amount of processing. Its actually a best practice for everyone's hair.
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