In this special edition of Reader Q&A, natural hair vlogger extraordinaire Franchesca Ramsey of Chescalocs is here to solve your natural hair conundrums! Join in on the fun today by tweeting your questions to @EssenceMag with the hashtag #AskChescalocs.

READER QUESTION:  I love your hair!  As someone who also wears locs, I’ve noticed that my edges are thinning.  What can I do to promote hair growth? — Stephanie

CHESCALOCS’S RESPONSE: Whether you have locs, natural hair, wear a relaxer or rock wigs and weaves, thinning edges can be a frustrating issue. I’m embarrassed to admit that I thought the world was ending my junior year of high school after a dye job reacted badly with my perm and left me with a sparse and burnt up hairline. Even though I went natural a few years later, my edges never seemed to recover. It wasn’t until about two years ago when I discovered Black Castor Oil and my hairline began to grow back.

Castor oil has long been a used as a remedy for a whole host of ailments including arthritis, digestion, insomnia and even period cramps. But it also stimulates hair growth. I took before and after photos during the first month, at six months and after a full year of using Black Castor Oil and there was a dramatic improvement. Today, you’d never know that I’d had issue with my edges. When applied daily, results can be seen in as little as 30 days. While you might be tempted to run to the drugstore and pick up clear castor oil, black oil is more effective because the castor beans are roasted for harvesting. Black Castor Oil can be found in most local beauty supplies and of course, online. 

Check out the castor oil and let me know what you think.  Happy hair growing!

Franchesca Ramsey is a designer, comedian and video blogger who started documenting her loc journey in 2009 on her popular YouTube channel, Chescalocs.  Keep up with Ramsey on her personal blog, or on Twitter @Chescaleigh.


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