To be or not to be. That is the question. Edge control…Do you need it? Edge control is a product created to smooth down hair for a sleek-looking hairline: A much-beloved product by naturalistas looking to also create the look of baby hairs. It does almost the same job as hair gel does. Actually, you can use most gels as edge control. Not all edge control is created equal. Here are a few things you should look for in an edge control:
1. Not Greasy/Flaky
Sticky icky hair products are annoying. Edge control should not be greasy because this means you probably have to wash out your hair every time you want to style or apply edge control again. Another annoying feature is if the edge control is flaking up after applying it. Such a product builds up on the hair, creating a messy situation.
2. What’s the Hold-Up?
Edge controls come in varying degrees of hold. Some have a softer, some medium and some have serious hold. People with relaxed hair usually require less hold than those with natural hair. With natural we need more reinforcement. Because, you know…Natural hair. Use the product label as a guide to tell you the strength of the edge control’s hold. The longer it holds, the better. It’s a bit annoying for your edges to revert in less than 3 hours or in humid weather.
3. Natural/Beneficial Ingredients
More brands are creating natural and organic hair products. Edge control is no different. It’s good for slicking down hair but if it has added natural ingredients to nourish hair, then it’s a bonus! Ingredients like oils, shea etc.
4. When to use Edge Control?
At what point should you wear edge control? The best time is after washing it and deep conditioning. Start with a clean canvas to ensure the product goes on seamlessly without build-up.
5. How to use Edge Control?
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After applying it, you can use a fine-tooth comb to further lay down your edges. You can use this comb, brushing your edges in a zigzag manner to create the illusion of baby hairs. For even better results, use an old toothbrush instead of the fine-toothed comb.
Hopefully, this guide helps you pick out your next edge control!