Texture Talk: The Best Sweat-Proof Edge Control Products

Design by Kayleen Dicuangco

Welcome to Texture Talk, a column that celebrates and deep dives into the dynamic world of curly hair, from crowns of curls that are free flowing to strands that are tucked away in a protective style.

By
Kenisha Alexander

Date July 29, 2021

Laying your baby hairs is a real art form and as such, should be treated like one. The right combination of seamless swoops or curls can really help to elevate and polish any style, as well as help to frame your face. However, if not done correctly, or worse yet, with a product that doesn’t offer much in the way of staying power, it can really put a damper on your ‘do.

The best edge control products should have a combination of three main qualities. Firstly (and most obviously) they should help to hold and keep your edges in place. Next, they should dry down clear without leaving any white residue, flaking or build up. And finally, they should contain moisturizing ingredients which will help keep hair healthy and shiny. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, not always. Finding edge control products that do all of the above, while also falling within your price range and being compatible with your hair texture, is definitely easier said than done.

Luckily, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you and rounded up some of the best edge control products on the market. Shop our picks below.

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Creme of Nature with Argan Oil Perfect Edges Extra Hold

Creme of Nature with Argan Oil Perfect Edges Extra Hold

($7, Clore Beauty)

This beauty store classic does everything it promises and more. Not only does it provide long-lasting hold, but the smooth consistency of the product allows you to mold and shape those fragile baby hairs exactly the way you want. Not only will your edges be slicked into place but the argan oil in this edge control product will help to keep hair moisturized and protect it from styling damage.

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Ebin New York 24 Hour Edge Tamer

Ebin New York 24 Hour Edge Tamer

($14, Walmart)

This edge tamer truly will be your best friend on a hot summer day. Its thick, paste-like consistency has unbelievable hold, so it’s best to start with a small amount and add more as you continue to style. Even when met with extreme humidity, your edges are unlikely to curl back up, making this perfect for laying edges whether your hair is in its natural state, blown out or protected with a weave or braids.

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While this may not be a traditional edge control product, this versatile and beloved Got2B Gel is used for everything from spiking hair to securing wigs and weaves. Thanks to its out-of-this-world hold, non-sticky, non-flaky formula and gel-like consistency, we’d be remiss to not mention it among the best edge control products.

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Don’t let its questionable name fool you; this gel is what edge control dreams are made of. Non-flaky, fast-drying and inexpensive, this is the surprising, edge tamer that you’ll wish you’d discovered sooner.

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Murray’s Edgewax Extreme Hold

Maybe your edges are a little sparse, or a little dry, or maybe you just haven’t always given them the TLC that they deserve. This is where Murray’s comes in. Made with Australian beeswax, a little bit of this high-performing, extreme hold wax goes a long way.

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USTAR Edge Control Hair Wax

USTAR Edge Control Hair Wax

($30, Walmart)

This non-greasy formula is perfect if you have either relaxed or natural hair, as it adds a natural-looking shine after application. Swooping and styling your hair is made easy thanks to this hair wax, which keeps hair in place for as long as you need it.

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Kaleidoscope Sleek Edges

Kaleidoscope Sleek Edges

($24, Walmart)

You may have seen this buzzy brand promoting their miracle drops that claim to encourage hair growth and strength on Instagram and TikTok. Well, hold on to your baby hairs because now edge control has entered the chat. Those same miracle drops that put this brand on the map are actually infused in this edge control product. Laid hair, growth promoting properties and cute packaging? Sign us up!

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Mielle Organics Flexible Edge Gel

Mielle Organics Flexible Edge Gel

($30, Amazon)

Mielle Organics is well-known in the natural hair care community for always delivering when it comes to hair care. (If you have type 4 hair and you haven’t tried their leave-in conditioner you’re missing out). And the brand’s Flexible Edge Gel definitely lives up to the hype of their other products. Not only does its soft texture allow for easy styling but it is one of the longest lasting edge control products we’ve ever tried.

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Flaxseed Gel Edge Control

This is the perfect edge control for anyone who loves natural hair and products. Formulated with organically sourced flaxseed and yogurt, not only does this gel help to smooth edges and tame flyaways, but the protein-rich ingredients promote hair growth and prevent breakage. This is a great option if you’re looking for more of a medium-to-soft hold product.

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