Today, edge control styling has flourished into a full form of expression and beyond. Kicked off in the early 1900s, this historical touch of brava made its popular comeback in the late 90s as the go-to style for a clean and polished aesthetic. We'll help you get that perfect edge control for type 4 hair using the following styling tips and My Black is Beautiful’s best-selling products.

What Is Edge Control Gel?

Commonly known as a type of hair styling product used to style the small hairs or "baby hairs" around the hairline and temple, edge control gel is typically formulated with water-soluble ingredients that also provide a strong hold. Available in different solutions and textures, including clear or colored gels, pomades, and wax-like products. It can be used on various hair types, including natural, relaxed, and chemically-treated hair to create a polished and sleek finish for hairstyles like slicked-back ponytails, braids, buns, and updos.

How To Use Edge Control

According to your desired hairstyle, different edge control gels may have specific instructions for use. However, most follow the same parodical when it comes to applying it to the hair. Start with clean, dry hair, because edge control gel works best on hair that is free from any dirt, oil, or product buildup. If the hair is wet, simply pat dry the edges first before applying the product.

We recommend My Black is Beautiful's Golden Milk Edge Slayer, which checks off all the boxes for type 4 natural edges. Specially formulated with coconut milk, turmeric, ginger, honey, and coconut oil – this edge control provides nutrient-rich benefits with an all day, flexible hold for next day restyling.

Take a small amount of edge control gel on your fingertip and apply it to the edges of your hair. Using a small soft-bristle edge control brush, smooth the edges of the hair in the direction you want them to lay. Repeat the process as needed, adding more product to achieve the desired hold or smoothness you want.

Best Edge Controls for Natural Hair

There are many edge control gels available in the market that can work well for different hair types and textures. However, for naturals you'll want to consider factors like hold strength, ingredients, texture, and color. If you have thicker hair, you may want to seek a stronger hold gel that's formulated with nourishing and moisturizing ingredients too, which can help protect and strengthen your hair. Texture consistency and color are just as important as you'll want to avoid gels that are too watery, prone to white flakes or residue, and that simply don't match your hair color.

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