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10 Edge Control Products That Sleek Those Baby Hairs

By Carly Cochrane - 9 months ago | Updated
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It seems as though the slick back style is having a hair moment (again), as 90s-inspired top knots, high ponytails and braids have become the go-to ‘do for fashion models, celebs and influencers.

We’re also loving the look; it’s perfect if you’ve missed one too many wash days, are pressed for time or simply want to keep your hair off of your face. But for curly, frizzy and natural hair types, pulling strands back into a super sleek style isn’t quite as straightforward. Why? There are baby hairs to contend with.

Yep, those wispy hairs that lace the perimeter of your head – often known as ‘edges’ – need to be laid and slayed in order to bring the whole sleek and stylish look together. Whilst smoothing oils and serums can do the trick, edge control gels guarantee that those babies are life-proof. Whether you want to neatly tuck them away or unleash your inner 90s creative, here’s the best edge control products that tame those teeny-tiny hairs.

Cantu For Natural Hair Extra Hold Edge Stay Gel

Let’s kickstart the process with an all-time classic. Cantu Extra Hold Stay Gel is a favourite because not only does it get the job done, it gets the job done without breaking the bank. The strong-hold, flake-free gel is ideal for curly, kinky, wavy and naturally textured hair types and can be used for sleek styles, high ponytails and more.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ishi Sculpt Sculpting Paste

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ishi Sculpt Sculpting Paste

£21.38 £24.23 (12% off)

Shape and sculpt your baby hairs to suit your style with Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ishi Sculpt Sculpting Paste. Whether you want a not-so-messy, messy updo or sleek, straight strands, this demi-matte styling paste makes your hair routine all the easier. It has a workable hold, but don’t be fooled, it’ll take you from the office to the dancefloor with ease.

Paul Mitchell Super Clean Sculpting Gel

Paul Mitchell Super Clean Sculpting Gel

£11.90

You’re going to love the grip on this one. Paul Mitchell Super Clean Sculpting Gel straightens out an unruly hairline, bringing order and definition to any natural style or wig. The long-lasting, durable hold means you can rock your favourite hairstyles with confidence.

L'Anza Healing Style Mega Gel

L'Anza Healing Style Mega Gel

£21.50

Helping you take back control of your hairstyle, this powerful solution tames flyaways and controls frizziness, even in the worst weather conditions. The extra conditioning blend also contains UV protection to ensures that hair is shielded throughout the day, and even delivers a gorg’ glossy finish.

Redken Extra Clean Gel

Redken Extra Clean Gel

£11.95

We’ve finally found an edge control product that doesn’t leave our baby hairs flaky or coated with a crunchy residue. Redken's Extra Clean Gel does exactly what it says on the tin. It provides a clean, lightweight formula which leaves your edges looking and feeling luxe.

KMS Hairplay Styling Gel

KMS Hairplay Styling Gel

£12.50 £14.70 (15% off)

Your ponytails, braids and edges have never looked better. KMS supply a hair gel that’s long-lasting and flake-free for easy-peasy styling. The formula is enriched with grapeseed oil and sorbitol, which holds the hair in place and conditions your scalp.

Alterna Caviar Professional Styling Luxe Creme Gel

Alterna Caviar Professional Styling Luxe Creme Gel

£23.60

This styling gel ticks all of the boxes. Powered by a unique Flex-Strength Complex, the lightweight formula strengthens the hair to prevent breakage and of course, smooths edges, tames flyaways and prevents frizz along the hairline and the nape of the neck. It’s a must-have for updos and ponytails.

OUAI Matte Pomade

OUAI Matte Pomade

£16.00

If a product comes from a celebrity hair stylist, you know it’s going to be good. Jen Atkin is one of the most influential hair stylists in the world and she has just what you need to style your hair. Whether you have short or long locks, this pomade shapes strands exactly how you like it. It has a matte finish (perfect if you’re not a fan of the high-shine, gloss look) AND it smells incredible.

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Gel

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Gel

£10.39 £11.69 (12% off)

Just a small amount of this hair gel from Shea Moisture is enough to show coarse, temperamental hair who’s boss. The moisturising soufflé is the perfect choice for curly styles, whether that be loose curls or tight kinky coils. The nourishing blend adds shine, softness and manageability to hair, all whilst tidying up those all-important edges.

It's A 10 Styling Collection Miracle Firm Hold Gel

This is the ultimate gel for those that love a reliable hold but dislike the rock-hard finish it often leaves. Made with the flexibility of a pomade and the hold of a hairspray, this firm hold gel can be used wet or dry to create soft styles. Shape, mould and direct those baby hairs however you like knowing that it’ll look natural, never stiff or ‘plastic-like’. It’s A 10 out of 10 from us!

This is undeniably a line-up of the best edge control products. Snap one up and try it out for yourself. Your hairstyles will never look more snatched. While you’re at it, why not check out 7 Reasons Why You Should Invest In a Bonnet.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.

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