The hair to most people is very important and as such needs extra care and attention, so when the edges refuse to stay in place it can be very annoying and stressful.
Here are a few ways to control your edges:
1. 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 unpleasant 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.
2. Combine Edge Control and gel
The key to using two or more hair products at the same time is to start off with using just a little bit of each. This rule is especially true when using both an edge control and hair gel because using too much can make your hair look super white and waxy, and you definitely don’t want that. For the best results, apply a thin layer of edge control and then secure it with a dab of maximum hold hair gel. Be sure to stay away from gels that harden your hair or flake after drying to avoid crunchy looking edges.
3. Use the blow dryer cold shot
Some women have no problem applying heat to their edges, especially if they’re wearing a hairstyle that required heat for the rest of their hair. However, other women are not comfortable with using heat on their edges because it’s the most fragile part of their hair, they’re afraid of heat damage, and many other reasons. This is where your blow dryer comes into play. Most blow dryers should come with both a cool setting and a cold shot, meaning they blow out cold air instead of warm or hot. After brushing edge control gel into your hair, quickly dry it by blasting your edges with cold air. This method works the best if you struggle with your hair reverting back to curly just minutes after applying product. Blow drying your edges will make the edge control dry faster and seal your hair in its style.
No matter if you’re relaxed, natural, or transitioning, one of the most important parts of your hair care regimen is keeping your hair moisturized. This step is still very important when applying certain products to your hair because some formulas work better on recently moisturized hair opposed to dry hair. Try applying a hair pudding, cream, or just a spritz of water (like the aforementioned “damp and tie” method above) before using edge control and it may really work to your advantage. If you’ve ever tried to perfect your edges, you know the proper tool for this method is the a toothbrush. Using a toothbrush like a tiny hairbrush helps work product into your edges so you have more control over how your edges lay.