Temple Thinning: When All Else Fails, There is Hope!

edgesThe very first time I noticed my temples receding was when I was 23 years old after I removed my micro braids.   It never really struck me to be a hair loss issue as much as I figured it was because of the constant pulling.   Therefore, like anything else insignificant, I just shrugged it off.   Months later, I discovered that even more of my edges were missing.   Why was this happening?   I was beside myself at this point and bought everything off the shelf containing the words “re-grow hair.”   This was becoming costly and I was becoming irritable.   I stopped using hair gel, I quit pulling my hair tight and I treated my hair weekly, but it still never grew back.   Therefore, what was causing this and why was it progressing?   At some point I just gave up and starting filling in the thin spots with dark make up. Why not?   It was a quick and easy fix, right?   I spent the next six years dabbing and filling in as needed but I was still conscious about it.   I did not work out because the sweat would wash it away and I dared not to go swimming. This temple thinning problem was consuming my already sparse social life and me.   I’d had it and enough was enough!

The next day I went to my stylist and asked her advice since she has visibly done such an amazing job in maintaining the hair health and length of the women who frequent her chair.   Therefore, I figured, she must know the answer to this most perplexing issue.   She recommended I take prenatal vitamins and use Dr. Miracle hair products, more specifically the temple and nape balm.   Of course, I hung on to every word she said as I deemed her a hair care expert.   After leaving the salon, I ran out and purchased some prenatal vitamins that were so big I could barely swallow them.   Uggh!   Again, I ran out to my local beauty supply store and bought everything that said Dr. Miracle on the packaging and rushed home to begin the regrowth process.   While I am not a huge fan of the smell of some of Dr. Miracle’s products, I must say that the Feel It Formula, shampoo, and conditioner made my hair feel so clean and soft.   I continued using these for a while but I could not stand the smell anymore.   The temple balm did not work for me.   I was disappointed, yet again!

Ok, so what now?   I have tried everything on the shelf, changed my whole hair regimen, and I religiously took those horse pills, but to no avail.   Then it finally hit me like a ton of bricks.   My mom has thin hair, my sisters have thin hair, and so do my aunts.   Eureka!   Of course!   What else could it have been?   That nasty uninvited culprit called Genes.   Yes, I finally realized that I was dealing with something much stronger than any products I ever used.   My hair grew and was healthier, but the problem was still there.   The thinning temples just would not go away.   I did a little research and found that this is very common in Black women.   Unfortunate but true as it may be, there was still more viable options in re-growing my temple hair.

Rogaine, Rogaine, Rogaine!   Thank God for Rogaine!    After seeing a doctor about it, he quickly identified the issue as a hereditary one.   After going over my problem with a fine-toothed comb, he decided that Rogaine for women would be the best option.   Sure, I had a few concerns as Rogaine is directly associated with hair growth for men, he assured me that the formula for women, which is two percent, was different and that my condition would get worse before it started getting better.   Yikes!   I guess I could not say goodbye to headbands and make up just yet.   Well, if I lived with it this long what is a little while longer?   I will admit that after some weeks had passed and my hair got even thinner, I was becoming anxious.   However, around the fifth month of using Rogaine my hair started to grow back in places that had not seen hair in almost ten years.   I was so excited my temple hair was finally growing back and within a year of my first treatment, my hair was thick and full again, just as if it never happened.   My confidence and social life is now at a decent level and I can now do the things that I could not do before, and look great while I am doing it.

Author: Kendra Turnquest

I am a freelance writer, photographer and graphic artist hailing from the fabulous islands of The Bahamas. I love all things beauty and mostly I love having the opportunity to share my wealth of knowledge and convey it to my readers in a fun way that they enjoy reading while being informed. I am also a makeup artist and I do plan to share a few of my video tutorials on Black Hair Media as well. I do thank you for reading and please do come back soon.

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  1. Kendra, I Would love to see an “after” photo! Also I’m glad monoxidil worked! I’m having the same issues and heard that it may not work on temples and edges. question: how often do you use it to see results? How often to maintain?

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  2. I had similar problem, altho mine was from wearing wigs. I hade tried everything, from JBCO, red onin juice, garlic, ORS fertilising serum,Miconazole Nitrate, rosemary lavender tea tree essential oils, Vit E oil, and the funny thing was the more I tried different the worse it got, until the receding was almost 3 inches from my hairline. It was only when I started doing cayenne pepper treatment and using ayurveda oils like Mahabringrahj, Navratna, taking brewers yeast supplements, nettle tea rinses, and keeping my hair in woolen hat lined with fleece (for warmth)that regrowth started. I have only 2 or 3 bald spots about, 8mm in width left but the hair is fast growing in. My scalp is no longer as visible as it was in the temple, I cant believe the progress I’ve made with the Indian oils.

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  3. I was born with thinning sides because it was heredity from my dad’s side of my family. I have for years tried ways to grow my sides but nothing works. I have castor oil and other regimens but nothing works. It’s hard to some of the cute hair styles because of my sides and trying to hide them. If anyone have another way because let me know. I was going to try the Rogaine until I just read Tax1908 wrote. I just changed my mind. I guess I’ll be trying something else.


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  4. I have just recently read that the use of raw onion juice for a natural alternative to regrow hair has been proven effective. If you can stand the smell you can feel free to give it a go. A recent study showed that massaging the thinning or bald spots twice daily stimulated regrowth of hair in 50% of Alopecia sufferers. Not only has the juice of an onion been proven to regrow hair, it also acts as topical antibiotic for fungal and bacterial infections, which may be the reason why some hair loss occurs. I decided to give it a try because I have had the unfortunate loss of some of the hair at my temples and I will be sure to post an article with my results! 😉

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  5. @Taz, perhaps someone has implemented all other avenues and may find Rogaine to be a viable last resort. Regrowing hair in the scalp that has been desolate for so long sometimes requires more harsh treatments. I don’t know the condition of your hair currently but for people having to deal with the embarrassment daily, this may be the only option for them and they may be happy and willing to manage the up keep.

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  6. I heard once you use Rogaine you have to use it for life or the new hair that grew from Rogaine will fall out. In knowing that why would anyone want to use this product.

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    • That is true. My dermatologist told me that you have to use it ongoing for the results to continue. For women who have problems with balding, he said that Rogaine has good results. My dermatologist also recommended only using Rogaine in the problem areas as this will make the product last longer. It is expensive, but it works.

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  7. Nice article. I heard if the hair follicle has come out due to tight micros that the hair will not grow back. I’m not sure if that’s true or not.

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