When I started my healthy hair journey, I gravitated to protective styling to keep my hair out of my face because I have acne prone skin. Retention was just a bonus! Back when, having slick edges was a non-issue because I didn’t have nearly as much new growth. Now that I’m 40 weeks post, my edges have a mind of their own and won’t stay laid without effort. In this article I share how to slick down your edges with edge control.
A few must-haves to achieve slick edges: moisturizer, oil, gel, humidity blocking product (optional but desired), soft bristle brush and scarf. I prefer using a baby brush because it’s super gentle.
After my hair has been moisturized, sealed and neatly put away in a bun, it’s then time to work magic on my edges….NOTE: I slick down my edges at night to give my hair ample time to set so my edges are on fleek by morning.
— How to Slick Down Your Edges with Edge Control —
The goal here is to have my edges lay down smooth and sleek and dampening my hair seems to do just that. I complete this step in one of two ways depending on how much time I have on my hands. I either mist my hair with water directly OR place a baby brush under running water and allow the water from the brush dampen my hair as I brush it over my edges.
2) Apply Gel
I apply a generous amount of gel to the entire perimeter of my head for a smooth, sleek and polished look. I apply extra gel in those stubborn areas that refuse to lay down. I love using Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel.
3) Apply Humidity Block Product
I love Komaza Hair Care Coconut Pudding, a water based pudding that hydrates and blocks humidity. I apply the Coconut Pudding directly on top of the Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel. This product definitely helps my style (and edges) last for days.
4) Slick Down Your Edges
I always use a damp baby brush at this step regardless if I’ve dampened my edges with a spray bottle. A damp brush just smooths and sleek the hair like no other.
5) Add Oil to Seal
I apply a generous amount of oil on top of the Coconut Pudding. Any oil will work but I used extra virgin coconut oil in the featured pictures. This step serves multiple purposes:
-keeps the gel from becoming too hard
-reduces the flake factor; basically, it slows the gel from flaking as quickly
-makes the edges look smooth, sleek, shiny and polished
6) Scarf your edges!
After layering on all product, the hair will (and should) feel damp. I immediately toss on my silk scarf with never removing it until the next morning.
7) Scarf the Bun!
I place a piece of satin over my bun and then put a nylon stocking on top of the satin. This helps the bun set and look so much neater with less frizz. NOTE: I cut up a satin scarf to make the small satin for my bun.
=== Yes, I look a mess at night but this works, trust me! ===
7) Moisturize, Seal & Go!
By morning, the hair is dry with a soft hold. I do not agitate my hair whatsoever at this point. I simply spritz with Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold and Shine Moisture Mist and top it with the Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine, an oil based spray excellent for sealing.
I can usually make it three days without having to redo my edges. Worst case, I have to touch the areas around my ears because I wear glasses and the nape because of collared shirts. Otherwise, everything stays put!
Other Helpful Links:
Protective Style Hair Bun Regimen for Relaxed Hair
DIY Headband and Ponytail Holder
What’s your go-to method for smooth and sleek edges?