It takes a lot of time, effort, and patience to get your edges to lay flat when you have curly hair. There isn’t one product that will master every texture but here are 10 favorites from the natural hair community that will help you find your perfect match.
1. ECO Style Olive Oil Gel
This insanely affordable gel ($3, Target) packs serious hold, is alcohol-free, and is infused with hydrating olive oil. Besides taming your edges, It’s also a popular option for slicking curls into a sleek bun.
2. Tancho Tique Stick
If you’re going for a product with a light texture, a little of this cult-favorite styling wax ($12, Amazon) goes a long way. Pick up a small amount with your fingertips and apply it to the area you are looking to tame.
3. Kristin Ess Style Defining Shine Pomade + Edge Control
This water-based pomade ($10, Target) is ideal for fine hair and leaves a subtle sheen that makes your edges look more hydrated. It’s also amazing for hiding breakage/flyaways on days you want to rock a bun or ponytail.
4. Creme of Nature Perfect Edges
This popular gel for textured hair locks edges in place while its Argan oil adds moisture and shine. It doesn’t harden so your edges will still feel soft to the touch after application.
5. Hick’s Edges Pomade
This pomade ($11, Amazon) works across hair textures to hold edges in place while adding shine. It’s also a go-to for creating a piecey look on short haircuts.
6. LovelyB’s Edge Control
This product ($14, Amazon) smooths and conditions hair at the same time with ingredients like honey, shea butter, and castor oil. The best part is that it works across hair textures. You can even use it on straightened hair without worrying about it reactivating your curl.
7. Design Essentials Natural Honey & Shea Edge Tamer
This hydrating edge control gel ($12, Design Essentials) is great for thick, textured hair and has a delicious fruity scent. However, you should avoid reapplying it on a daily basis to prevent a grey cast.
8. Lotta Body
This gel ($6, Amazon) will snatch your edges within an inch of their life. You’ll get intense hold along with hydration from the nourishing coconut and shea oils in its ingredients.
9. Curls Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste
There may be no references to edge control in the name but this paste ($8, Target) is serious business, especially on thick hair. Try this when you need strong hold.
10. Moco De Gorila Punk Hair Gel
This is your break the glass in case of an emergency option. The thick hair gel ($2, Target) is almost like glue for your hair.