Growing Back Thinning Sides

What are you guys using for thin sides or what have you used to grow them back? My sides have always been thinner than the rest of my hair. I think this is partly due to general manipulation (ponytails over the course of my life, wearing braids, etc) but the last perm I had (Jan 07) I did myself! I was wearing weaves and would perm the top/sides of my hair every now and then myself. I had done it a few times and never had an issue.

But that time, I think I um...skipped a step lol. I'm laughing now, but it wasn't funny at the time In any event, is there any way to make that hair "catch up" with the rest besides using Ayurvedic herbs? Before I went natural, I used olive oil/cholesterol to grow it back. It worked pretty well but I don't use anything like that now. Any natural products or concoctions you would recommend? If there's another thread about this, please point me to it. TIA!
I don't have any product recs b/c I'm always switching up my products, but I will advise you to do as little as you can get away with as far as manipulation goes.

I don't know about you, but I used to be in love with my brush and used it all of the time to smooth down the front of my hair. I stopped when I noticed how thin the hair was there. Now, I just smooth the gel in and use a scarf on that part for a few minutes each morning. I also stopped wearing tight ponytails & buns. Basically, all I wear now is my modified wash-n-go & twists and I have seen a big improvement.
Mixed,

I had this same problem. I started massaging my edges with castor oil at least two times a week about 3 months ago. I started noticing a big difference within 3 weeks of using this method. My edges are now full and grown in. But I still continue to massage my entire scalp with castor oil, it helps to thicken up my hair. HTH
I second castor oil.

It worked for my edges and two broken spot in another area.

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Right now I'm using castor oil and CoCasta Oil (which is CO based) to thicken my hair...I think my edges were a little thin from relaxing and manipulation, but they are growing in nicely now!

I also used the Hair Nourishment Oil from Komaza, and I think it worked...but it smelled icky!
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Mixed,

I had this same problem. I started massaging my edges with castor oil at least two times a week about 3 months ago. I started noticing a big difference within 3 weeks of using this method. My edges are now full and grown in. But I still continue to massage my entire scalp with castor oil, it helps to thicken up my hair. HTH
Originally Posted by butterfli
+1

I had alot...ALot...ALOT of postpartum shedding and my edges and sides were ALL jacked up. I wish I was at home so I could post a pic..i'll do it later. Anyway, once my sides had thinned out so much I just had to be patience and let them grow back. In that time I would use the same method as butterfli described. However, I used vitamin E caplets. (I would by them fromt he vitamin store, break them open and gently massage the oil into my sides. Now, 3 months later, its like my hair was never gone :-) The hair is a lil shorter than the rest but at least it's filled in..lol

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I just had a quick question ladies.... I heard that castor oil has a tendency to dry out the skin? Is this true? If so, wouldnt that mean it would dry out the scalp if massaged in? I used to massage a mix of castor oil and olive oil on my face to help remove impurities and if I added too much CO my face would feel a little stiff.... How could this be? I would like to try it on the sides of my scalp as well, seeing as I have the same problem with thining.....
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I don't think it dries out skin, but it's really thick and can potentially clog pores if you use too much or use it too often.
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I just had a quick question ladies.... I heard that castor oil has a tendency to dry out the skin? Is this true? If so, wouldnt that mean it would dry out the scalp if massaged in? ...
Originally Posted by santini
Based on my research, it's actually used to treat eczema and psoriasis. It's also a humectant because it both attracts and retains moisture. I typically apply it directly to my scalp, use it on top of a moisturizer as a sealant, or in a spritz mix.

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I just had a quick question ladies.... I heard that castor oil has a tendency to dry out the skin? Is this true? If so, wouldnt that mean it would dry out the scalp if massaged in? ...
Originally Posted by santini
Based on my research, it's actually used to treat eczema and psoriasis. It's also a humectant because it both attracts and retains moisture. I typically apply it directly to my scalp, use it on top of a moisturizer as a sealant, or in a spritz mix.
Originally Posted by Kinky Rhonnie
Interesting.... I will def have to try! Thank you for the information My sides have always been a lot thinner than the back of my head for as long as I can remember.... tis annoying...
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I just had a quick question ladies.... I heard that castor oil has a tendency to dry out the skin? Is this true? If so, wouldnt that mean it would dry out the scalp if massaged in? I used to massage a mix of castor oil and olive oil on my face to help remove impurities and if I added too much CO my face would feel a little stiff.... How could this be? I would like to try it on the sides of my scalp as well, seeing as I have the same problem with thining.....
Originally Posted by santini
I was wondering the exact same thing the other day, as I have started doing the oil cleanse for my face, and it recommends if your skin is oily, to use more Castor than Olive. I get the exact same feeling you described of face feeling stiff if I used too much castor oil. However, I use castor on my scalp with absolutely no dryness problems, in fact, castor oil is really moisturising on my hair! So I just decided to stop questioning, and if it works (for both issues, albeit in completely different ways), it just works, and I've accepted that now- lol.

In response to the OP, I am having the same issue. My front and sides are a lot thinner, and actually shorter (the fact that I went a bit nuts last week and hacked away at the heat damaged ends in front with a pair of scissors really doesn't help matters). I have also started using castor oil on my scalp because I was told that this helps thicken hair. In fact years ago an Indian lady threading my eyebrows recommended this for the straggly bits that don't grow properly. But I have a bit more of a problem in that my hair textures are so distinct that the looser-curled hair at the back hangs and falls (and seems to grow MUCH quicker), whereas the tighter hair at the front and sides grows up and out, resulting in an afro mullet. Not pretty, but hey, what can I do (well, cut the back, I suppose)

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What are you guys using for thin sides or what have you used to grow them back? My sides have always been thinner than the rest of my hair. I think this is partly due to general manipulation (ponytails over the course of my life, wearing braids, etc) but the last perm I had (Jan 07) I did myself! I was wearing weaves and would perm the top/sides of my hair every now and then myself. I had done it a few times and never had an issue.

But that time, I think I um...skipped a step lol. I'm laughing now, but it wasn't funny at the time In any event, is there any way to make that hair "catch up" with the rest besides using Ayurvedic herbs? Before I went natural, I used olive oil/cholesterol to grow it back. It worked pretty well but I don't use anything like that now. Any natural products or concoctions you would recommend? If there's another thread about this, please point me to it. TIA!
Originally Posted by MixedUpCurlyChick
MixedUpCurly, I agree with the suggestions to use castor oil or BJCO, I've read it is very good for the exact problem you've described.
BTW, how do you use cholestrol to grow hair ?

Mixed,

I had this same problem. I started massaging my edges with castor oil at least two times a week about 3 months ago. I started noticing a big difference within 3 weeks of using this method. My edges are now full and grown in. But I still continue to massage my entire scalp with castor oil, it helps to thicken up my hair. HTH
Originally Posted by butterfli
+1

I had alot...ALot...ALOT of postpartum shedding and my edges and sides were ALL jacked up. I wish I was at home so I could post a pic..i'll do it later. Anyway, once my sides had thinned out so much I just had to be patience and let them grow back. In that time I would use the same method as butterfli described. However, I used vitamin E caplets. (I would by them fromt he vitamin store, break them open and gently massage the oil into my sides. Now, 3 months later, its like my hair was never gone :-) The hair is a lil shorter than the rest but at least it's filled in..lol

good luck!
Originally Posted by KurlyLioness
KurlyLioness thanks for your vit E idea.

I just had a quick question ladies.... I heard that castor oil has a tendency to dry out the skin? Is this true? If so, wouldnt that mean it would dry out the scalp if massaged in? I used to massage a mix of castor oil and olive oil on my face to help remove impurities and if I added too much CO my face would feel a little stiff.... How could this be? I would like to try it on the sides of my scalp as well, seeing as I have the same problem with thining.....
Originally Posted by santini
santini, if too much is used, castor oil does have a tendency to be drying to the skin.

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Thanks so much, ladies!! You're all the best!! I'm a little weary of Castor oil b/c I've read it can clog your pores and it reminds of mineral oil But my stylist also said to use Vitamin E and I think I'm gonna break down and start lol. I tried it once about a week ago, but my fingers actually hurt. I was only doing it for a few minutes...maybe 15. Does this mean I have arthritis ? lol How long do you all massage for?

@Lioness: I just buy the liquid Vitamin E. If they're out of it at health food stores (which they often are lately) I get it from CVS. They cut it with Safflower oil and Sunflower oil, but most companies too. I just try to get the one with the most IUs. I think Jason makes one that's pure vitamin E, but its something like $11 for 1 oz.

@Taltal: Before I was natural and became an Ingredient Whore, I used to use this on my sides:

I would take out my weave every 4 weeks, wash/condish, leave this on for 15 minutes and rinse out. My then hairdresser even commented on how well my hair grew back. I wouldn't use it now b/c it has mineral oil and other crap in it. But I do wonder if it was the olive oil that did it. I didn't massage it in or anything. My hair grew back in a couple of months. Its still a little sparse compared to the rest of my hair. But it worked extremely well!
Thanks mixedUpCurly, I just looked at the ingredients list of the olive cholestrol. I might mix the good ingredients (castor oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil etc.) to create a good hair oily cream without the mineral oil and other chemicals.

Try castor oil, maybe mix it with olive oil, and use it for a few weeks to see whether it helps.

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You're welcome! Just to be on the safe side, I'm gonna try olive and E. I mean, that product did work before. But I've worked so hard, I'm just really careful now. If the Olive and E don't do it, I guess I'll have to go to plan b. How long do I need to massage them for?
I've also read that aloe vera gel and coconut oil regrow hair, as well as black seed oil.

I know for a fact castor oil works because I've used it myself so I know works for me.

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Castor oil works great. That's what I've been using on my daughter's hair plus a couple other things.
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I'm not sure, I never really massage for long, I just apply the oil in a massaging motion. If you feel like really massaging I think between 5 and 10 minutes.

You're welcome! Just to be on the safe side, I'm gonna try olive and E. I mean, that product did work before. But I've worked so hard, I'm just really careful now. If the Olive and E don't do it, I guess I'll have to go to plan b. How long do I need to massage them for?
Originally Posted by MixedUpCurlyChick

http://www.habanim.org/en/index_en.html
I'm not sure, I never really massage for long, I just apply the oil in a massaging motion. If you feel like really massaging I think between 5 and 10 minutes.

You're welcome! Just to be on the safe side, I'm gonna try olive and E. I mean, that product did work before. But I've worked so hard, I'm just really careful now. If the Olive and E don't do it, I guess I'll have to go to plan b. How long do I need to massage them for?
Originally Posted by MixedUpCurlyChick
Originally Posted by taltal
Ohh ok. I thought people were doing an actual massage. I think some people do, but hopefully its not necessary b/c these hands get tired!
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I just had an insta-thought:

I'd experimented with the Doo Gro Stimulating Growth Oil (the oild is a goldish color.dont go for the green..made my scalp itchy as HECK!) back when I was relaxed. I had cut my hair that August to chin length then by February, my hair was past my shoulders again. I don't know if I had hit a rapid growth cycle or if it was the oil but I'll say give that a shot as well. Doesn't cost much and you can find it at any drugs store or walmart etc.
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