Edges Snatched? How to Get Them Back, Naturally!
Some may already be aware of the gastrointestinal benefits of ginger, such as relieving gas, nausea, spasms in the abdominal region, as well as preventing stomach ulcers. Those are all amazing benefits, but the benefit I want to focus on today is pertaining to your scalp! Did you know that ginger could aid in the regrowth of your edges and any bald spots?
I’m sure we have all seen the memes, heard all of the talk about “edges this, edges that,” and, in more recent years, seen an increase in products geared specifically towards what? You guessed it. Edges! I think it is safe to say that full healthy edges are the desire of many women, specifically black women. With that being said, I want to share with you how ginger works to fill in those edges.
Ginger contains an active constituent called gingerol that helps to fight the free radicals that could possibly be damaging your hair cells, that have, in turn, led to hair loss or thinning. When applied to the scalp, ginger works by increasing the blood circulation and stimulates the hair follicles. Ginger also contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, so it is also good for treating and preventing dandruff.
How can you use ginger to get those edges flourishing? It can be as simple as cutting a fresh piece of rhizome (i.e. ginger root), and massaging it in a circulation motion on the affected area. That’s the method that one of my aunts uses, and she has reported a very noticeable difference within a few short months.
Ginger can be irritating depending on your level of scalp sensitivity, so applying it fresh directly to your scalp, may not be your best option. For those, like myself, who have a sensitive scalp, you want to use a diluted method. You will cut/ground up a fresh piece of ginger, and add it to a carrier oil, such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or coconut oil. Pour this mixture into a bottle with a nozzle for easy application, then part your hair in sections and apply it to your scalp. I have used it as a leave-in, but you can rinse if you would like. If you plan to rinse, I would suggest warming the oil, then massaging it into the scalp. Leave it on anywhere from 15-30 minutes, then rinse, wash, and condition.
Taking care of the problem on the outside is fine, but if we can reach the issue internally, even better. I would recommend drinking ginger tea. Click the link below to get my favorite ginger tea crystals. It has plenty of health benefits including strong, shiny hair. Try it out! It is both inexpensive and natural. Let’s get these edges full, happy, and healthy!