How To Smooth Your Edges Using Gel Without Breakage

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Tamed edges is pretty much a requirement for me. I very rarely leave the house without laying my edges. It doesn’t matter if I’m rocking a protective style or an old wash and go. I always neaten up those hairs that grace the front of my face.

Hair product manufacturers know just how much us ladies like to smooth our edges – especially those of us with natural hair. That’s why they’ve come out with so many products to get the job done. These products are called everything from edge control gel, edge tamer, edge wax, perfect edges and more.

I admittedly like a number of edge control products. Currently, there are 3 that I use: Curls Blueberry Control Control Paste, Aunt Jackie’s Tame My Edges Smoothing Gel and Mielle Organics Honey & Ginger Edge Gel. If you prefer to just purchase an edge taming product, I highly recommend these three for fine hair:

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Edge control products definitely exist in abundance but what happens when you run out of your favorite edge tamer and don’t have time to get to the store to scoop up a new jar? I’ve got you covered.

Not only do I enjoy giving my edge taming products a rest from time to time, I like to use a combination of two products that help me achieve a flexible hold that lasts throughout the day. These two products are gel and shea butter (or mango butter).

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When used along gel can definitely hold your edges down but it can also cause that part of your hair to feel hard or dry. To combat the dryness and hardness that can occur with gel, an all natural butter like shea or mango butter can be used with it.

In the video tutorial below, I share how I achieve smooth edges that retain my natural curl with a flexible hold. I achieve no breakage whatsoever.


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Michelle Smith

Michelle is a Christian natural hair enthusiast. She's been natural for 20+ years and shares natural hair care tips and easy hairstyles for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. It's her joy to inspire you to live by faith in God while caring for your "crown."

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Jennifer

    I love castor oil under a silk scarf when my hair is straight to protect and keep edges tame. Silk is naturally non-drying and helps your hair and skin retain its moisture. Shea butter is a great idea for edges for natural edges. I will have to try that out. It would be a great option instead of what I have been using.

    1. Michelle Smith

      i too love castor oil. I find the problem is people don’t use it long enough to see a difference

  2. PDF

    Great advice! I usually mix Eco Styler gel with a leave-in conditioner or shea butter, apply the mixture to my edges, and then wrap them up in a scarf overnight. I never thought to apply the gel first then the Shea butter. That makes a lot of sense since shea butter is a sealant. I will try this out.

    1. Michelle Smith

      thanks! I’ve never tried mixing conditioner to lay my edges but I did make a DIY ecostyler custard by mixing the gel with a conditioner and an oil. I didn’t think to try it on my edges!

      another great one is to apply some jamaican black castor oil over the gel. this will help with stimulating growth in sparse edges too.

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