This pomade dries down with a sheen eventually, leaving your baby hair looking sleek, in place, and healthy. As for the hold? Oh, it’s real. Consider this: I went through for a full day of work and after-work cocktails (with a little dancing and a lot of bruising my knees) after using this stuff. When I finally got home, I tied down my hair, went to bed, and the next morning, my baby hairs were in place. All I needed to do was a little touching up if I wanted them sleeker, but I didn’t so I just left the house.
Where to get it: Creme of Nature Perfect Edges Extra Hold $6 (Shop Now)
3. Mielle Rosemary Mint Strengthening Edge Gel
What it is: An edge control that will make your hairline feel minty fresh.
How I use it: Styling the strands around your hairline so often can do a number on them if you’re not careful. My ancestors have blessed me with a full, flourishing set of edges, and I don’t plan on doing anything to make them change their minds about it. So that means in addition to minding my business and giving Beyoncé her due praise, I like to use edge controls that provide some more reinforcements for my delicate baby hair.
Mielle’s Rosemary Mint Strengthening Edge Gel is infused with biotin, which helps to reinforce and strengthen your hair — crucial, especially if you frequently style your edges. It’s also got babassu, coconut, and ginger root oils to keep your edges moisturized all day. And can we talk about the hold? If I use this on wet enough hair, my edges will have that wet look for most of the day, which is spectacular. The effect is super sleek, sexy, and it lasts all day. Plus, it doesn’t leave any residue, smells like a fresh herb garden, and it’s a nice compact size for your carry-on. I brought this edge control with me to New Orleans and it kept my baby hair in place, even in humidity as thick as Winston Duke’s left thigh.
Where to get it: Mielle Rosemary Mint Strengthening Edge Gel $7 (Shop Now)
4. Curls Blueberry Bliss Control Paste
What it is: An edge gel that smells like blueberries.
How I use it: When I want to go a few steps above shea butter, but I don’t want that wet-looking definition, I turn to this. What I love about this control paste is that it has a soft hold. This is what I use if I’m simply brushing my edges back into my hair, as opposed to when I attempt to swoop them down and around. I find that when it’s all going in one direction, this edge control has the kind of effortless, residue-free hold that’s great for an everyday look.
Where to get it: Curls Blueberry Bliss Control Paste $9 (Shop Now)
5. The Mane Choice Manageability & Softening Remedy Stubborn Edges Freezing Gel
What it is: A thick gel for type 4 hair in a squeezable bottle.
How I use it: If I need my edges to stay frozen like Walt Disney (just kidding, apparently he’s buried like the rest of us poors), this is what I use. As I mentioned before, I am no baby hair artist, but sometimes I want my hair to look like I just looked at a basilisk and my edges are the only thing that turned to stone.