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Thin Edges and Natural Hair Styles

By January 27th, 202116 Comments

StoneRollin(not photographed) from the forum asks;

I have very thin edges, what specific natural styles do you recommend that won’t make me look like a teen?

Can you relate? Been there? Help her out!



CN Says;


My edges thinned out a teeny bit when I was around 7 months post partum. I did my best to avoid buns, puffs and other styles that caused stress to my hair line. These styles also made my thinning edges all the more apparent. Down & Out styles that don’t require much manipulation (chunky twists versus micro twists or roller sets) is what I’d recommend, plus you can part it so that it falls and covers the thin areas. I’d also look into routine scalp massages (with castor oil) and avoid heat.

16 Comments

  • Terri says:

    Sorry, I should clarify. Yes, I am using Jamila henna from Mehandi. And I actually use green tea in my warm water before mixing it with the henna. Its just that initially, I wasn't using the full recommended amount of water (with tea) because I would get to the expected henna consistency before I'd used all of the water (with tea). I realize now that I need to use all of the recommended amount of water (with tea). I haven't tried using lemon juice as I've always heard it was drying. And now I am using the grease around my perimitor as well. I think this helps. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anonymous says:

    Never experienced "burning with henna"! What brand are you using? and where are you purchasing your henna? Your should order from Mehandi.com (great place)

    Also, are you using plain water to henna? I thought you just used water if your mixing Idigo (for black results) but not for "regular" henna.

    I use green tea or orange juice…lemon juice is best…but it's very drying! I usually use base from when I would relax my hair or vaseline around the perimitor of my head. Then section in 4 parts and apply the henna section by section.

    lastly, wrap it up and wait about 3-4 hour if in a rush. But sometime I keep it in over night for extra conditioning and color release. But burning sensation… never! hennaing for about 2 years now.

  • Terri says:

    I have just started to Henna (about a month ago) and am doing it pretty frequently (@ 3 times a week for the first month). About two henna sessions ago, I used the last half of a mixed batch that I had frozen. About 30 minutes after I applied it, it began to burn around the front and side edges somewhat. But, not enough for me to rinse it out. I slept with it overnight. Lo and behold during the rinse the next morning, it still burned. I DC'd that day and styled in a twist out bun. The next day I noticed that I had scabs similar to when I would get relaxers back in the day. I have noticed some thinning since then and am hoping it is only temporary. I now use hemp grease around my edges before applying the henna. I also think that i was not diluting the henna enough with water. I am using more water now and the grease and have not experienced any burning since that time. Has anyone else experienced burning or thinning with henna?

  • Anonymous says:

    Check for family history of hair loss. In many cases of thin edges, the cause is related to overmanipulation. In some cases, however, it is related to genes. You may need to see a specialist, if you change your hairstyling and diet without getting results.

  • Anonymous says:

    Castor oil definitely works like a charm. I also use olive oil with shea butter. I condition with Folicure to thicken the hair, along with my regular conditioner. The less tension on the edges, the better. Relaxers and kinky twists had done a number on my hair! I have seen dramatic growth since transitioning. NEVER AGAIN!

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks…this is good to know! Love me some Burdock Root cream!

  • Candace4life says:

    Using castor oil and rosemary oil or Wild Growth Oil is good to use. Probably doing some 2 strand twists, or you can also put a scarf headband around the edges and that should keep u from constantly messing with it.

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  • Anonymous says:

    I meant to say it WASN"T always like that! Yal know how it is until you find your way!lol

  • Anonymous says:

    I didn't have problems with thinning edges but my daughter sure did! I don't know what in the world happened to her hair? Well I knew the relaxers had done a number on her hair…that goes without saying! But I found out that her Ezema also added to the problem. I found out that Ezema can affect your scalp as well and cause it to fall out!

    That's exactly what happened to my daughters hair. Her edges were Crunchy, dry, thin, and falling out! Finally we stopped the relaxing, heat, and braids. And replaced that with moisturing her hair, rubbing and massaging her edges with Castor oil, hennerning and useing Qhemets/Curl Junkies products, DC's and oils i.e EEVO, Coconut, jojoba, etc. this made a world of difference!!!

    I can't begin to tell you how this turned her hair around! I'm so happy because she is finally proud of her hair and walk with her head so high! Plus she gets so many compliments on her hair all the time! 🙂 It was always like that!

  • Bootzey says:

    2-strand twists that are designed to fall forward. Not only did my hair line recover after I went natural, it grew back in such a way that my forehead looks smaller!

  • Anonymous says:

    I camouflage my thin edges by dabbing on a bit brownish black brow powder (that matches my hair color) or that Joan Rivers product called "Good Hair Day."

  • Anonymous says:

    I see so many people with thin edges wear protective styles. I'm wondering did that cause it, or are they doing it to make the ends better?

  • Anonymous says:

    I too have thin edges. I try and stay away from tight bands and bobby pins near my edges. I love my frohawk, but I can't do it often. Since it's summer I mostly wash and go every 2 or 3 days. I massage my scalp in the shower with a mix of castor, sweet almond, and vitamin e oils, and some different essential oils.

    I think it helps to try and bulk the hair up by DC'ing often, hennaing, taking vitamins or supplements like biotin. I henna pretty often and it makes a big difference on the edges after just a few applications. I hope this helps some.

  • MrsWardy88 says:

    My edges were thin before the transition, now that I'm natural I like kinda let them do what they want alot. I'm natural, no use in trying to fake baby hairs when they are what they are!

  • NapturallyObsessed says:

    My signature protective styles are various twist-out buns. To prevent tension on the hair and scalp, I use banana clips from my local BSS instead of rubber-bands, ponytail holders or other elastics. The banana clips are awesome!

    Also, try to minimize or eliminate brushing, and add castor oil to your edges each night (castor oil is a thick, natural moisturizer that helps to thicken hair).

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