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10 Edge Control Products That Sleek Those Baby Hairs

By Carly Cochrane - 7 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 Shea Butter For Natural Hair Extra Hold Edge Stay Gel 64g

Cantu Shea Butter For Natural Hair Extra Hold Edge Stay Gel

£4.72 £9.00 (48% off)

Let’s kickstart the process with an all-time classic. Cantu Extra Hold Edge 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.

R+Co Control Flexible Paste 62g

R+Co Control Flexible Paste


Shape and sculpt your baby hairs to suit your style with R+Co Control Flexible Paste. Whether you want a not-so-messy, messy updo or sleek, straight strands, this semi-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.

KeraCare Edge Tamer 65g

KeraCare Edge Tamer

£5.25 £11.99 (57% off)

You’re going to love the grip on this one. KeraCare Edge Tamer straightens out an unruly hairline, bringing order and definition to any natural style or wig. The long-lasting, anti-gravity hold means you can rock your favourite hairstyles with confidence.

The Smooth Company The Smooth Stick Premium Hair Perfecting Wand

The Smooth Company The Smooth Stick


If you struggle to get that super-sleek look then you're going to want to snap up this smoothing stick. It features a mascara-like brush that's saturated with a strong-holding serum in order to make sweeping back flyways, kinks and baby hairs all the easier. It's a must-have for updos and ponytails and is also great for when you're on the go.

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Gel 326ml

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Gel


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.

Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ G-Force Strong Styling Gel 150ml

Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ G-Force Strong Styling Gel

£9.45 £13.50 (30% off)

The Osis+ G-Force Strong Styling Gel from Schwarzkopf works wonders as an edge control product. It doesn’t leave your baby hairs flaky or coated with a crunchy residue and instead provides a clean, lightweight formula which leaves your edges looking and feeling luxe.

Aveda Confixor Liquid Gel

Aveda Confixor Liquid Gel


This is the ultimate gel for those that love a reliable hold but dislike the rock-hard finish it often leaves. 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!

As I Am Long & Luxe Gro Edges 113g

As I Am Long & Luxe Gro Edges

£9.95 £12.56 (21% off)

We’ve finally found an edge control product that doesn’t leave our baby hairs flaky or coated with a stiff, sticky residue. Long & Luxe Gro Edges does exactly what it says on the tin. It helps to strengthen and rejuvenate the hairline, thanks to a blend of pomegranate and passionfruit, and leaves edges looking and feeling luxe.

OUAI Matte Pomade

OUAI Matte Pomade


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.

Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Strengthening Edge Gel 57g

Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Strengthening Edge Gel

£5.95 £9.00 (34% off)

Your ponytails, braids and edges have never looked better. Mielle Organics supply a hair gel that’s non-greasy and flake-free for easy-peasy styling. The organic formula is enriched with rosemary and mint, which not only smells to-die-for but also strengthens the fine hairs around your hairline.

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

As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing. 

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