So revisit the edge control. There are tons of products out there promising excellent mega hold, but let’s be honest, it always doesn’t hold up to the test, especially in this summer heat.
If you are someone who is struggling with getting edge control to last for you, here are some tips that may help.
Dampen your hair
First, when you are preparing to lay your edges, apply a little water to your hairline. Notice I said “dampen” and “a little”. This is important to allow your hairs to be a bit more manageable and pliable to manipulate.
If your hair is too dry, it will not absorb the product and allow it to do its job properly. If the hair is too wet, you are more likely to experience curling up of your hair after the product has been applied.
Mix with gel and smooth
Next, you can try to mix with a little gel. I love the combination of any edge control with Eco Styler Argan Oil Gel. It’s as if it gives a little extra hold.
Apply both of these products and either take a toothbrush or a small bristled brush and smooth down to your liking.
Another option you can try, is allowing time to tie down your hair to let your edges set. This extra measure of pressure allows your hair to be molded to your scalp. It can help increase the amount of time your edges actually hold.
Carry a travel size
Lastly, because I’ve yet to master a perfect routine where my edges stayed laid for 24 hours during the summer, you can always carry a travel size jar of edge control.
ORS Olive Oil* and Creme of Nature are both known companies for having a cute tiny travel size edge control products that you can fit in your purse and carry everywhere. If you’re out and you feel your hair loosening up a bit, dab a little on and smooth out with a brush to freshen up your look like you would do with makeup.
So what would you do? Would you attempt to relax your edges as a way to by pass all the struggles or do you follow a certain routine to keep your edges laid?
Daniella Hodge says
Alania Popchi Reenis or nah?
Alania Popchi Reenis says
I’m about that life ????????????????
Mouna Abdalah says
Relaxed my edges only,had hair line loss.wouldn’t do it again.my edges are on the mend
Evette R Mclean says
Phoenix McGee says
I can expect not to have edges. I like that edge control stuff. That feeling when you slick em down just right
Jessica Ely says
No No No
Cyré Olivia says
Nope.it will leave you with little to no edges.
She brings up a very valid point mentioning adverse effects after being away from relaxer for so long, but the information falls a bit short: Many allergies can be developed. In other words, although a person may be predisposed to allergies, they may eat, be exposed to, or use something once or many times without an allergic reaction. BUT, once your body has been exposed to a potential allergen, you can develop the antibodies against it that cause you to have an allergic reaction the next time you are exposed. I ate shrimp all the time when I was younger, without incident. Didn’t know I was allergic, because I had them frequently without an obvious incident. Had them again after several years without, had numb lips and my blood pressure dropped. I was having a reaction and didn’t know it. The same thing that happens with food allergies can happen with any other allergy. I’ve since had reactions to fragrances, other foods, many things that I was exposed to regularly growing up but not as an adult until later. This can happen to anyone, and the reaction isn’t always a mild one. This is just something to consider before you decide to relax edges, especially if you have ever had a relaxer burn, because it is now in your system and your immune system may have developed antibodies against it. Be safe!
I don’t understand the need for edge control, gel or other wise. I can see it when you’re trying to match your hair to a wig, but when your natural hair is being worn out in the open and its kinky its seems to me the edges should be kinky too…. I don’t know, maybe its just me but when I wear an afro, puff. twist out etc. I don’t use any edge control. I only use gel if I’m wearing fake hair that is a different texture than my own.
Danyalle Williams says
I have tried a variety of different edge controls…Dark and Lovely, Design Essentials, ORS, and many others and with each one i have bad breakouts. I discovered that its contact dermitis. I am allergic to some ingredient. Do you ladies have an alternative to edge control that will slick my edges back without them curling back up the way they do with gel? I like to control my edges when i wear braids and twists.