Everyday as I scroll through my instagram, I spot girls with their perfectly slicked-down edges. I’m left wondering “how on earth can they do that?”
This is some black girl magic! But the price for having laid edges can be dry, brittle ends losing spots of hair around your edges. I’m not here for the Naomi Campbell look. With this in mind, here are a few tips for laying your edges flat without damaging your hair.
Spritz Hair with Water
This may sound odd. After all, water makes your hair more puffy, right? But you need to dry your hair later in order to achieve this look.
The tip is to lightly wet your hair, not to leave it dripping water, but just enough. The cool thing about coily hair is that it dries in whatever shape you left it in, so it leaves a sleeker style.
Use a Hair Butter, Thick Oil, or Edge Control Products
The product has to be thick enough to slick your edges down, and that’s the only thing it needs to do. Therefore, it leaves a lot of wiggle room. There are products that specialize in this, like Cantu Edge Control for example. If you don’t feel like going to the store, a thick oil like black castor oil could also suffice. Try an alcohol-free product that won’t dry up your hair.
Good, fatty alcohols
I know this sounds like a pain in the butt. Actually reading all those weird ingredients sounds crazy. However it’s good to know what you’re putting on your head.
This is the trickiest part for me, getting that little wave perfectly. The trick is to tilt the toothbrush slightly towards your face to get that little curve.
If you need some extra product to keep it sticking down, go ahead girl. Just try not to use too much or you’ll end up looking like this:
Remember, less is more!
Tie Your Hair with a Headscarf until it Dries
After you spritz your hair and used the hair styling product of your choice, wrap your hair in a headscarf to keep the edges down. This is down to basically hold down the shape so when your hair dries, it’ll be in that nice, curved pattern.
You can use headscarves, or even wrap an old t-shirt around your edges. Maybe even a thick headband would do. Just remember the point is to wrap it around your head.
With these tips, you will be able to control your edges without the damage that comes along with it. Remember to not style your hair too tight, or to wear it too long. Now go out and rock your gelled edges!
What are your tips for laying edges? Tell me in the comments below!