Best edge control for natural hair
Hey, girl hey. I’m back with another product review post because we are quickly approaching summer. And if you’re anything like me, you can’t have a hot girl summer without laid edges.
It’s just facts!
That’s why I decided, after sharing the best gels for 4c hair, it’s about time that I did the same for edge control. After all, you can use both products interchangeably, depending on your hair textures. A gel, like the eco styling gel, is a great option if you need to tame very kinky hair. While edge control is good for a more soft hold.
Now, I’m not gonna lie I do have a favorite one.
Yes, if you ask me what edge control is best for 4c hair, I would have to say this amazing brand, because it lays my natural hair edges all the way down. It has maximum hold and is long-lasting but doesn’t feel sticky or leaves residue.
So, if it works on my very coarse hair, it will surely work on yours as well. But I digress. Let’s get into the full list of the best edge control for 4c hair.
What is edge control?
As always I want you ladies to make an informed decision with the products you use on your 4c hair. Especially, if you are natural and aiming to preserve the health of your hair.
Because using the wrong edge control gel can easily lead to hair breakage and shedding.
So what are the key ingredients in edge control? That was a serious question of mine and what I found is that edge control is usually made of gelatin and essential oils. That is of course if you make it yourself.
The factory edge controls we tend to use, however, easily include several chemicals most of us can’t pronounce, including alcohol.
Is edge control good for your hair?
As mentioned above a lot of the edge controls we use contain alcohol, meaning it dries out your hair in order to hold your hair in place. Which is the desired outcome for using edge control.
The problem, however, is that the combination of an alcohol-containing product and the tension/ manipulation used to slick back hair can really break your 4c hair. Especially, your baby hairs that are particularly prone to damage.
So, what can you do?
To avoid damaging your hair when using edge control, you should:
- Use edge control that moisturizes and does not include a lot of alcohol/ fragrance
- Wash out your hair in between using edge controls/ gels
- Get a soft edge control brush or toothbrush to slick back your edges gently
These few tips will keep your edges in place while taking good care of them.
What is the best edge control for natural hair?
Now let’s discuss how natural hair girls should choose their edge control items. Even though most of us have type 4c hair, we might not all use the same products. 4c hair can differ in many ways. From curl pattern to density to porosity.
And because of that, you will have to try out a few different ones before you find the best edge control products for your natural hair.
In this post, I am focusing on 4c hair which is my hair type and therefore I was able to test the below products and figure out the best edge control for coarse 4c hair.
Best edge controls for 4c hair
- Extreme firm hold
As always I like to start with one of my personal favorites. This edge control is the last one I’ve tried and it is quickly coming up the ranks. Why? Because it really works!
I currently live in #hotaf Playa Del Carmen, Mexico where the temperatures are a consistent 80 degrees and up. Meaning most edge controls don’t work.
It is an all-natural edge control that is very absorbent and doesn’t feel sticky on your hair at all. Whenever I use it, it lays down my edges perfectly and stays on for most of the day (remember I live on the Caribbean coast). But I am convinced that it would last the full 24 hours in normal weather.
So, if you are looking for an extreme firm-hold edge control that can slay even very coarse 4c hair without looking too dry or flaky, then this is the best edge control for your 4c hair.
- Infused with Argan oil
- Medium hold
Okay, first things first. Depending on which product you choose this edge control actually promises extra firm hold that lasts up to 48 hours. Now, I used the regular hold one and can tell you from experience it did provide medium hold at best.
Even though the Creme of Nature Argan Oil perfect edges is a pretty nice product that adds shine and moisture to your hair because of the argan oil from Morocco. I did not feel like it did what it promised. At least not to my very resistant 4c hair.
However, if you are looking for a good edge control for hair growth rather than hold, then I would recommend this one. It’s a good edge control if you are only looking to tame your hair for a few hours and keep your hair soft. While there is a little build-up, it is not flaky or dry.
- Alcohol-free formula
- Superior hold
- Contains wheat protein
Okay now, let’s get into my all-time favorite edge control. The ORS Olive Oil edge control. It’s the first edge control I used once I realized I was allergic to castor oil and it’s been great ever since.
While it is not as effective in the boiling heat of Mexico, I loved using it when I was in Atlanta.
It’s super light, gives you a strong hold, and leaves a sleek shine. It always slicks and holds down my edges without hardening my 4c hair, which I love. It’s the best edge control for 4c hairstyles that require a clean look.
But the reason why I would have to say that it is the best edge control for 4c hair is because it actually protects my hairline pretty well. I have never experienced hair loss from this edge control, which I believe is due to the alcohol-free formula it uses.
And even though it does not hold for as long as the EBIN edge tamer, I still prefer its consistency better on my natural hair.
- 100% Australian beeswax
- Thick consistency
- High shine
Now, this product is a little different from the previously mentioned edge controls. Murray’s Edgewax is a premium gel combined with 100% Australian beeswax.
What does that mean? It’s a lot thicker than most other edge controls and therefore provides a great hold.
When I first used it I was pleasantly surprised because it feels like a pomade, but has the hold of edge control.
However, I do have to mention that it is quite heavy and greases up. Meaning once it’s applied on your 4c hair it leaves a thick layer on your hair and quickly absorbs it into your hair/ scalp. In my case, that meant that after 30 minutes my hair just looked greasy.
But I do believe that it is a safe choice for you if your 4c hair is thin/soft or relaxed. So, pick up Murray’s Edgewax Extreme hold here.
- Vitamins and nutrients
- Stimulates hair growth
- Adds shine
If you would have asked me last year” does edge control grow hair?”. I would probably have laughed. But that was before I used The Mane Choice Growth Stimulating Edge Control. This edge control truly keeps your edges healthy.
I tried it out for a few days and I didn’t have any breakage or dryness. The hair stayed well moisturized and healthy.
And you know you found a good edge control if it nourishes your hair while also providing maximum hold. It is also one of the only edge controls I used that didn’t leave any residue or made my edges look white and flaky.
And last but not least, it’s pretty shiny, which makes it a great edge control for cute 4c hair buns and up-dos. I give The Mane Choice Growth Stimulating Edge Control two thumbs up because it is with no doubt the best edge control for hair growth while also slaying your baby hair.
- Perfect for braids
- Keeps your edges clean for up two days
- Fruity smell
Of course, I could not make a list of the best edge control for 4c hair without mentioning the best edge control for braids. For all my braids and twist lovers, let me introduce to you the Black Panther Edge and Braid Control.
This edge control reminds me of the Shine N Jam gel, which I prefer when braiding my hair. But it works very similarly with the difference that it feels more like a pomade. However, less greasy than Murray’s Beeswax.
It’s also non-flaking and can easily be used daily because it quickly absorbs into your hair.
While I would not consider it maximum hold, I do think that it’s great for braids because it slicks back your hair enough to make the protective style look clean and sleek.
These are my recommendations when it comes to the best edge control for 4c hair. If you prefer using gels to lay down your edges, then check out my post on the best gels for 4c hair.
How do I make my 4c hair lay down?
Now that you have a list of the best edge control gels for 4c hair to choose from, let me help you out a little more and share how to lay down your baby hairs if you have a 4c hair type. Because we all know these 4c hair edges are different.
You can follow these steps, regardless whether you have relaxed hair, curly hair, or are wearing one of these popular protective styles.
To achieve the best results, make sure that your hair is properly moisturized. As always, I suggest that you apply the L.O.C. method before using any hair gel.
So, go ahead and apply a good leave-in conditioner, some coconut or jojoba oil, and a cream such as shea butter. Don’t use too much oil, so that the fel still works later. Then apply your edge control of choice and lay smooth your edges down with an edge brush.
You can create some cute swoops or fancy ringlets. It’s totally up to you! Once you are done with the design, use a silk scarf to wrap your hair and keep it on for at least 30 minutes. Once your hair is dry, remove the scarf and voila, you have smooth edges.