Smooth edges. Oh how they allude us naturalistas more often than not simply because our texture just wants to be kinky, curly and wavy in the wind. Some days I think I’ll just let my little edge coils be and other days they are wrecking my style and must be smoothed into submission. Here are six of our favorite products for smooth, compliant and healthy edge control that I whip out on those me verses the hair days.


Oyin Handmade: The Sugar Pomades
Oyin offers two pomade fragrances, Burnt Sugar and Sugar Berries, both equally delightful. These pomades boasts all natural ingredients such as castor oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, organic virgin coconut oil, mango seed oil, olive oil, unrefined hempseed oil, candelilla wax, cocoa butter, and broccoli seed oil. The sugar part of this pomade is literal and you’ll need to rub this between your palms really well to melt the sugar down less you end up with white sugar crystals in your hair. The hold is soft to medium and the moisture retention is out of this world.

Anita Grant: Organic Sapote and Coconut Pomade
The only pomade in the Anita Grant line, my inner product zealot was a little let down as I just knew there would be more of varieties of pomades from this line to try. And yet, this was all I needed. The aroma is amazing, the ingredients awesome and the performance perfect every time.

Koils by Nature Pomades
All ingredients being equal in them except the fragrance, which are all essential oils, they are a must try. The good thing about these pomades is that they give a medium hold so you don’t have to worry about the hold being too soft or too hard and what’s even better is that they are alcohol and protein free.

Senica Naturals: Shea Moisturizers
There are six fragrances in all and they work for hair and body. They are also all Shea butter based with a blend of carrier oils and glycerin. They are heavy enough to weigh strands down and seal in moisture yet light enough to allow for a less structured style with no rewashing required.

Lush Cosmetics: The Big Tease has been discontinued…so another option is Lush Dirty Hair Cream
This one is great for keeping your hair in place with a more natural look; it’s fragranced with part of their Dirty perfume, so you can layer every part of your body with spearmint, tarragon and a breath of salt air. It has loads of moisturizing cocoa butter to soften your hair while the rosemary calms your scalp.

Eden Body Works: Peppermint Tea Tree Balm
Now this beauty of a edge balm contains shea butter, mango butter, jojoba oil, peppermint and tea tree essential oils to name the ones that make it an effective product for coating and smoothing edges. This balm is formulated to stimulate follicles to ensure regular growth around the hairline. When you apply it you get a tingling and cooling feeling as a bonus. Spa edges!

To get the best from our faves, be sure to take a dime-sized amount, rub it around in your palms to emulsify and then smoothing it over you edges and nape area with light tension. This will help you to avoid globs of products or patches of shiny strands. Give your products some reinforcement by tying your edges down with a scarf for about 10-15 minutes or more after you apply them. Remember the best path to maximum hair growth on your edges or anywhere else is a healthy diet coupled with follicle and hair healthy ingredients in products that create conditions for strong and nourished, scalp and hair.

What are your favorite edge control products?

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  • Amber Nefertari

    A great one is Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Castor Oil hair food. Its basically an organic hair grease with shea butter and oils. Tropic Isle is an awesome brand I’ve been using it for years. try it!

  • Anon87

    I use aloe Vera gel! I do the tried and tested ‘black girl method’: apply to edges, flatten with headscarf for some time. Depending on how much you use, it can somewhat harden. But I assure you the hair softens in no time. It holds my edges perfectly.

  • Imena

    Carol’s daughter has a great edge smoother and so does creme of nature!

  • Ella

    I just mix a bit of castor oil and some creamy leave-in condish and it does the trick for my 4b hair. I don’t like gels w/ strong hold and I just want all the hair/edges to go in the same direction, don’t need for my hair to be LAAAYED!! LOL