Regardless of how you’re styling your hair, chances are sleek edges are on the menu. Nothing sets off a natural hair style better than tamed, natural looking edges (unless you’re going for the messy look…which can be cute). There are plenty of products out there that can slick down your edges, but they tend to leave hair hard, crunchy, dry, and prone to breakage. And let’s face it: traction alopecia, thinning and breaking edges are not cute…no matter how much hair you have. But all is not lost! If you’re looking for a product that can give you a touchable hold while nourishing your edges, check out the seven products below. Bonus: most of them double as styling products, too (making it all the more digestible to shell out a little more dough)!

 

Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Tamanu Grow & Stregthen Edge Taming Taffy

1. Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Tamanu Edge Taming Taffy

Cost: $11.99

Size: 6oz

Available At: Amazon.com, CVS, Walgreens (Duane Reed)

First 6 Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)(Certified Organic Ingredient), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil  (Certified Organic Ingredient), Vegetable Glycerin, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed  Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil

I mentioned this little jar in my article about alternatives to EcoStyler Gel. Truthfully, it’s quite a gem and definitely has a taffy-esque feel. I purchased it at CVS during their buy one, get one half-off sale which made the paying $12 a little more palatable. After using it for months, this product easily became one of my favorites for sleeking buns, laying down edges when I rock my hair straight, and even for braid-outs and sealing in moisture. Based in lots of organic goodies, the Edge Taming Taffy will provide a touchable hold. For an even sleeker look, spritz hair with water before applying.

2. Eden BodyWorks Peppermint Temple Balm

Cost: $8.99

Size: 3.3oz

Available At: Sally Beauty Supply, WalMart

First 6 Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Beeswax, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Glycine Soja (Soybean Oil),  Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil

I nabbed this gem on sale at my local Sally’s on sale, and haven’t turned back. I tend to love everything Eden BodyWorks does, and the Temple Balm is no exception. I love this product not only to give me a light and moisturized hold (with a light tingle), I also use it as a part of my nighttime routine before I pineapple my hair. It’s a great way to ensure that my edges are getting a little extra TLC to withstand the gentle pulls of buns, headbands, ponytails, and more.

 

3. mainelement:love Herbal Styling Balm

Cost: $9

Size: 2oz

Available At: www.mainelementlove.com

First 6 Ingredients: Palm Christi Oil, Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Palm Stearic Acid, Candelilla Wax, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

This Herbal Styling Balm is one of my small business faves. It does a wonderful job of sleeking edges without harming them. Because this particular product is more stiff than the others on this list, a little bit goes a long way. For extra slickness, spritz hair with water before applying the Herbal Styling Balm. As an added bonus, I like to use the Herbal Styling Balm as an eyebrow wax… don’t judge me. It helps tame my brows and keep my arch in check!

 

4. Curls Passion Fruit Control Paste

Cost: $8.99

Size: 4oz

Available At: Amazon.com, Sally Beauty Supply, Target

First 6 Ingredients: Water, Ceteareth-25, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Isostearyl Isostearate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil

The one thing everyone I encounter says about this product rings true: it smells GOOD. Similar in consistency to Eden BodyWorks Edge Control Gel, the Control Paste is jelly-like in nature, and provides a slick and shiny hold. It is also great for twist-outs, braid-outs, and other styles, and keeps fly-away hair in check. I like to use it on my edges for buns and ponytails. Because it is water-based, I wouldn’t recommend using this product if you are wearing a blowout or flat-ironed style because it is water-based.

 

OBIA curl enhancing custard

5. Obia Naturals Curl Enhancing Custard

Cost: $15

Size: 12oz

Available At: Amazon.com, www.obianaturalhair.com

First 6 Ingredients: Purified water (Aqua), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Vitis vinfera (Grape seed) Oil, Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil, Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein

Another small business gem that soared to the top of my favorite products list. I initially applied this to my hair to style my wash n’ go (look for this same product on that list of favorites soon), but quickly realized this product had my edges LAID. Although it has a custard-esque and gel-like texture (reminds me in texture and color of As I Am Smoothing Gel), it doesn’t feel nearly as heavy and leaves hair incredibly soft. Seriously, I can’t get enough of this product. It does everything it says it will do, and more. As a matter of fact, let me go order some more right now…before ya’ll buy it all up.

6. Eden BodyWorks Edge Control Gel

Cost: $8.99

Size: 6oz

Available At: Sally Beauty Supply

First 6 Ingredients: Water, Ceteareth-20, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, PEG-50 Shea Butter

Remember when I said I tend to love everything Eden BodyWorks does? This product is no exception. This jelly-jam product moisturizes, imparts shine, and smoothness all in one. As soon as it rolled onto shelves, I scooped it up. Of all the products listed, this one is the most simple. I listed the first 6 ingredients, and well, that’s all there is to this product. A little bit goes a long way, so even though the jar is only 6oz, it will last a pretty long time.

 

7. As I Am Smoothing Gel

Cost: $8.99

Size: 8oz

Available At: Amazon.com, Sally Beauty Supply

First 6 Ingredients: Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified) Extracts: Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root¹, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice ¹, Glycerin¹, Triethanolamine, Carbomer

Of all the products on this list, the Smoothing Gel is probably the heaviest hitter. It is the one product that truly, truly feels like a gel. It is rather thick and heavy. But the one thing it doesn’t do is leave crunch. If you feel the other products on this list may be a little to lightweight, give this gel a go. It provides a super slickness, shine, and softness; it lays hair FLAT. Also, if you’re interested in trying this product out for a more controlled wash n go, it is definitely a viable option. Just don’t be too heavy-handed with product.

 

Have you tried any of these products? What are some of your favorite products to keep your edges in check?

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Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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42 Comments on "7 Non-Damaging Products that Slick Edges"

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NewNapturalista
Love the article! Although non of the products I find work very well, I even bought the kera care and that barely worked on my hair while it was relaxed. I noticed that since I have gone natural about 7 months now (in general) naturals read way too much into things like that slicked edges comment, if you don’t want that then do you boo, but don’t be mad that other people want that. Some people’s edges look good without slicking down, but I don’t know about you guys I don’t want the sides of my head looking like pubic… Read more »
Helper

Save yourself some money, if you have 4c hair 1 and 4 don’t work. Your edges will curl back up in an hour. With 1 your edges won’t even lay in the first place.

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Chelsey

I believe this lovely lady was just sharing a list of options. Nothing is one size fits all. No matter her suggestions or reviews; everything won’t work for everyone. Thanks for sharing love

femmemuscle
i posted a comment earlier, but apparently the “moderators” did not want something “negative” regarding the review. I’m typing this one again, and will be persistent until something gets out there. the OP of this blog does not have 4c hair, obviously. thanks to her “review”, i went out and bought this crap. It does not work, REPEAT does not work on 4b/c/z hair. You can use all the water in the world with this gel, PLUS a silk scarf PLUS 1/2 a half a jar of the gel. And your hair will revert. Perfect Edges with argon oil works.… Read more »
youngin girl

Does these products work on Afro textured hair? What if you want to sport an afro?

Yewande

Question for the Author, which one of the 2 Eden Bodyworks products listed do you find works better for edge control?

Joyce
BLACK WOMEN IF YOU KNEW YOUR HISTORY YOU WOULDN’T HAVE ALL THIS HATE FOR STRAIGHT HAIR WE ARE THE BEGINNING OF THE HUMAN RACE STRAIGHT HAIR COMES FROM US NOT WHITE PEOPLE PLEASE RESEARCH YOU HISTORY I’M A BLACK WOMAN AND MY HAIR IS MORE STRAIGHT THAN CURLY SOME OF MY OTHER RELATIVES HAVE STRAIGHT HAIR AND I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME IN YOUR FAMILY WE MUST EMBRACE ALL TEXTURES OF OUR HAIR AND LOVE IT, IT IS A PART OF WHO WE ARE. WHEN I GO INTO THE STORE I FIND THAT THE PRODUCTS FOR SO CALL… Read more »
Rae

Thanks for sharing this and I didn’t even think of this. But you got a point. WOW!! I tell ya there is so much suppressed history out there.

Tikvah

What are talking about? I don’t think anyone is “putting down straight hair” in this forum – in fact, you are the first person I have seen who has even mentioned straight hair. I have no problem with straight hair. I simply do not have naturally straight hair…at all…so I embrace my natural curls/coils.

Theodora

I have 4c hair and As I Am does not work for me. I have also tried olive oil edge control, argan oil, and silk essentials. None of them work! Please, I need help. I’m tired of spending money on products that don’t work. If they do work, they only work for like 10 min for me! Something has got to give! Someone please help me!!

deebsooreal

Kera Care Edge Tamer works really well also. I started using it when I was transitioning and it still works on my natural hair. Its almost like a cross between a gel and a wax. The only downside I think is the cost but a little bit goes a long way so you won’t always be buying a new jar.

Latoya

For all-day edge control, I use Creme of Nature Argan Oil Perfect Edges plus a little bit of Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel on top. I’ve got coarse edges, unlike the rest of my hair, and this has been my solution for over a year now. Amazing results!

Ciara

I use the same thing and I have 3c hair. Ive tried various edge controls and the Creme of Nature is the best one I’ve ran across thus far. It’s one of the more reasonably priced ones as well.

smegma

I was just gonna comment and say this! I love this product! It’s great for my edges and they look so sleek! I have 4c/d/z etc hair and it leaves my edges soft and LAIDT.

ambi

haven’t tried a one for edges or anything else….not knocking a neat look but everyone rushes to go natural but then doesn’t want a NATURAL look. natural hair is going to be somewhat or a lot puffy

I do like that this list is showing the healthier ones for your hair I shared it. But maybe folks should just…wear their hair as is.

sunnyflgrl

Believe it or not, I find Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream keeps my edges straight when I wear my hair combed back or in a bun, no fly away edges from this curl enhancer, it is a staple of mine.

DiJah

I gave up on products labelled “edge control” and I’m going back to good ol ecostyler. Just gonna deal with the extra crunch.

mimi

DiJah, just want to mention that I mix a little activator gel (any brand) into my tub of ecostyler, and voila! no more crunch.

Nadine

I too have 4a/b/c hair type, what works for my edges is Murray’s Beeswax. You can find it at Sally or Walmart for under 2 dollars.

mimi
For me, I’ve found it’s less about the product and more about the technique of laying the edges down. I have 4b hair, and I have stuck with the ecostyler olive gel really. But never mind so much your product of choice; what I have found is that using a fine tooth comb (hear me out first don’t roll your eyes! LOL!) used to GENTLY rake the edges down after applying the hold product works for me. I just dab a bit of the gel at my edges, then take the fine tooth comb and ever so gently rake the… Read more »
Isla

It’s not which products are best that I am looking for, but which edge control has hold that last. I don’t consider as I am smoothing gel edge control, that’s a gel. So it should hold. The curls paste does not last like all the rest of the edge control products . I think they all are just another product junkie trap. Show me an edge control product that really controls, because I have not met one yet.

Kai

I have 4C hair and the only thing tht hold my edges is Dr. Miracles Edge Holding Gel!
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TINA SMITH

YUP TIRED OF WASTING TIME AND MONEY THANK’S FOR THE LIST ANWAY

MamaLee

Hi.
I’ve got 4a/b hair. Nothing seems to work on it except twists and twist outs. my bantu knot outs are just terrible as well as any other styles. Help pls. Suggestions? Solution?

Tasneem

You might need something that gives you better hold. Are you twisting it too tight? check out Samirah Gilli on youtube, as well as charjay, and yolanda renee

Peace
Hi, I love this blog so much and pls I have to ask something, is your hair natural, like has it never been permed? Because I moved to Hungary from Nigeria to school last year and after a while, I noticed my hair started falling out at the front, presently the front, sides and back of my hair is much shorter than the middle part(my middle hair is the longest part of my hair), and whenever I perm my hair, after 2-4weeks, my hair loses the slick look of the perm, the edges become rougher,presently I just recently took out… Read more »
Steph

sweetheart go on youtube, search transitioning to natural hair or just natural hair, there are so many tutorials to help u out. I was in your shoes a few years ago but i decided to big chop, best decision i ever made, i’m 3 yrs into my natural hair journey and i’m never looking back. Good luck:)

gapch

The product suggestions are fine but dont agree with the statement “NOTHING sets off a natural hair style better than TAMED, natural looking edges (unless you’re going for the MESSY look…which can be cute)” Just feel like its another suggested standard that will preclude people from accepting their hair as is. Why can naturally tightly coiled edges (beddee beads) be considered tamed instead of messy? j/s

Nappy4C Rocks

keep the edges NAPPY esp for 4BC..the look is unique,messy and BEAUTIFUL

TINA SMITH

TOOK THE WORDS OUT OF MY MOUTH PREACH. I DON’T UNDERSTAND STRAIGHT SLICK EDGES WITH NATURAL HAIR AT ALL

Christina Patrice

Hi Gapch,
That statement wasn’t meant to be offensive. A lot of the tutorials I watch, regardless of hair type, always involve product and processes for sleeking edges to support whatever style is being created. As with everything I write, it’s all a matter of preference 🙂 I never intend to tout one texture, or one set of beauty standards over another.

Deb

Yeah but I think the difference is that curly/kinky hair is seen as unruly as a whole. Not just the “edges” of it. It’s just how it fits into the way society thinks about curly/kinky hair but hopefully people don’t take it that way.

Nya

I agree with gapch for some it’s an unattainable idealistic standard of beauty. I’ve made my peace with the fact that if my edges were meant to be laid, they’d grow that way….That and the fact that my edges are so fragile they are best left alone and not slicked into submission. Great article though.

annnsow

Do they work on 4C hair though? I’ve seen a video with someone with about the same her texture than mine and no gel or whatever it is was working on her hair. Or if it worked, only durng something like 20 minutes.
I really don’t want to waste my money on something (again) that won’t work for my type of hair… 🙁 Perhap’s As I Am’s smoothing gel…

Shenika

I have 4c ish hair and I have found that the silk elements straight edges LAYS my edges all the way down!! Works on the most coarse, tightly curled hair…

Racquelle

The olive oil one doesn’t work on 4c hair. I have a trick though put a good amount of edge control and then use a head tie over night nit will be good for the next day. A gel that work for my 4c edges quite quickly and effectively is black gel.

Tasneem

Yes. I have 4b hair in the front and they work. I like the Cream of Nature edge smoother with argan oil though

SJ
As a proud 4A/B/C head (my edges are 4b/c), I find the Curls Passion Fruit Control Paste to best product for edges I’ve ever used. I haven’t tried everything on this list, but I know that Olive Oil Edge Control leaves white flakes on my hairline (no thank you lol)… Curls Control Paste doesn’t leave white flakes. It works best with a scarf left on for 5-10 minutes, but I’ve left the house without having time to apply a scarf and it still gets the job done… The jar is a little pricey for its size but a little goes… Read more »
Christina Patrice

Hi Annnsow!

For 4C hair, you may want to give the As I Am Smoothing gel a try. It’s rather heavy. I hope it works for you!

ronx

I have 4A/B hair and love olive oil edge control. It doesn’t get hard or flaky, and I don’t feel like I have to wash my hair the next day. I will say though that it seems the formulation changes as it ages and is less effective as the container gets older (~1-2 months).

Kade

Yeah A lot of these edge slicking concepts only work for a short while ie. 20 mins. And I don’t have 4c hair at my edges but 4a hair…mmh maybe one day ill try this list but for now it’s gel and a head scarf over night that keeps my edges at bay.

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