Of all the hot topics surrounding natural hair, edges (the shorter strands around your hairline) seem to be the most debated. Some men and women choose to lay them down, while others let their baby hairs fly. They’ve been at the center of both controversy — and plenty of pop culture references. (“My edges were snatched” might describe a response to a shocking scenario, or a live Beyoncé performance. “Your mom has no edges” are fighting words.)
But wherever you stand on the subject, we can all agree that finding a product that works on them is still a struggle. (Take it from me, someone who has yet to find a gel strong enough for my own baby hairs). To help, some of our favorite celebrity stylists shared the edge control products that they keep in their kits. These outlast any red carpet or outdoor concert — at a variety of price points. Just make sure you have your toothbrush handy.
Best For When It’s Hot AF
“Aveda’s Brilliant Humectant Pomade is quite good if you want the light hold for maintaining your curl without going frizzy,” says hairstylist Vernon François, who works with Lupita Nyong’o and Solange. ” It’s really great in dry and humid climates and it smells amazing!”
Aveda Brilliant Humectant Pomade, $25, available at Aveda.
Best For Blowouts
“Unlike most edge tamers, the Black Vanilla goes on dry so it will not revert natural hair that has been blown out smooth,” says hairstylist Kahh Spence, who’s behind some of Kehlani’s hairstyles. “It also doesn’t melt or get sticky.”
Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Edge Control Smoother, $8, available at Carol’s Daughter.
Best For ’90s-Style Swoops
“The Coconut Shea Glaze gives me a nice firm hold, making it perfect for cornrow styles,” says hairstylist Dr. Kari, whose clients …read more