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?

For more from Christi­na check out her blog, The Mane Objec­tive. You can also find her on Insta­gram and Face­book.

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. i… 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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