4 Tips to Make Your Edge Control More Effective

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From box braids to TWAs, no matter what hairstyle we pick, we all pay attention to one thing: our edges. The way our edges are brushed and styled can really make or break a hairstyle.

Personally, I think there are very few things more frustrating than spending a large portion of my morning blowing out and flat ironing my hair only to have curly, frizzy edges hours later.

For problems like those, we usually go straight to our handy dandy haircare products. And for our edges? Edge control will usually get the job done. Edge control comes in gel, wax, or pomade and can be easily slicked down onto our edges to eliminate frizzies and fly aways. Sounds like a miracle product right? Wrong.

Depending on the products you use, edge control can come with a world of problems. Everything from the wax leaving streaks of white on your edges to the pomade running down your face as soon as the sun touches your hair.

It can be tough—but the most common (and frustrating) problem is when edge control doesn’t control your edges! Below are 3 ways to strengthen the hold of your edge control and keep your hairstyle looking fresh!

Dampen hair and tie it down


Spritzing a small amount of water on your edges before applying edge control will help the pomade/gel stick to your hair better; the extra moisture will also aid in a neater slick down since wet hair tends to be a lot less frizzy than dry hair.

Be careful not to apply too much water to your edges or else the edge control will appear white and look unpleasantly cakey once it settles onto your hair.

After you’ve styled your edges to your liking, take a tight headband or a folded silk/satin scarf and place it over your hairline. Tie it tight enough to press down your edges and leave it on for 5-10 minutes.

When it is time to remove the scarf, carefully lift it off your edges to avoid creating fly aways. After that, your edges should be properly slicked down and free of frizz.

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About Patrice Lechelle


Hi! My name is Patrice Lechelle, I'm a college student born and raised in Northern California, and I just recently started embracing my love for talking about all things fashion and beauty, especially hair. Throughout the years, I've tried my best to have a hand in both performance and visual arts, but creative and journalistic writing have always held the key to my heart. My hair became the unlikely teller of my story once I realized that every up and down in my life could be seen through my locs. From hard times leading to short cuts to purple hair ushering in my rebellious streak, my hair said it ALL. My goal is to use my knowledge and experiences to give my fellow Black women the best help, tips, and encouragement I can offer.

About Patrice Lechelle


Hi! My name is Patrice Lechelle, I'm a college student born and raised in Northern California, and I just recently started embracing my love for talking about all things fashion and beauty, especially hair. Throughout the years, I've tried my best to have a hand in both performance and visual arts, but creative and journalistic writing have always held the key to my heart. My hair became the unlikely teller of my story once I realized that every up and down in my life could be seen through my locs. From hard times leading to short cuts to purple hair ushering in my rebellious streak, my hair said it ALL. My goal is to use my knowledge and experiences to give my fellow Black women the best help, tips, and encouragement I can offer.

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Comments

    1. Anne

      Try kerecare edge tamer. It is the best edge tamer I’ve ever bought. It’s not tacky or greasy and yet makes your look sleek tamed and it also helped my edges look more healthy. Pricey but very worth it. The jar will last you a long time.

  1. Lolalao

    I will not do that baby hair thing..I hate the ugliness behind it.

      1. Lolalao

        Some women do the baby hair thing for the “Good Hair” stupidity. I’ve known several..

        1. Alyy

          I know some women do it for that reason but some do it to get a more “sleek” look .

  2. ladee neenah

    Nope, I don’t even bother.

  3. Landry

    Hi, the best one Ive found is a company in New Oeleans Kaleidoscope. The edge control is thick and stiff. I do still have to tie down my hair, while driving to work, but its the best Ive found. I did just order some from Dudley, its the kind my hair dresser uses, on me.

  4. paige

    hi i really like the way it looks what gel did you use.

  5. Anonymous

    I like the Ebin edge control but I did hear that Hicks was a good one as well.

    1. Anonymous

      Maybe it’s just my head & my nieces -but neither worked. I had the 48hr Ebin & i paid $13 for Hicks & i they didn’t work

  6. Anonymous

    #leaveyouredgesalone ‍♀️ I have 4c hair and my edges will be 4c as well. I refuse to walk around breaking my edges putting all different kinds of product just in the name of looking cute for a Society that doesn’t give a crap about me in the first place! If JBCO doesn’t do it then they’ll just rock on with their bad selves cause they just weren’t meant to be laid! Don’t mean to kill the vibe, I’m just very passionate about edge control. I used to be so into laid edges and they ended up breaking like crazy. Now I’m making sure they’re healthy. I oil them and leave them alone! I live in Florida so no one’s hair really stand up to this weather for too long anyway without coming undone….

    1. Brandi

      You should try Sidity Hair Edge Perfection. It has Black Jamaican Castor oil and Aloe. It is a maximum hold but it also helps regrow your edges. Does not break them at all.

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