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Thursday, July 11, 2013

How To Slick Your Edges Down Without Using Relaxer

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Since I go about six months in between my touch ups now the most common question I get is "How do you lay your edges down?".  It took a while, but I pretty much have my hair trained now to do what I tell it to do!  When you get a fresh relaxer, your edges lay down perfectly but over time they begin to try to stick back up and out even though it may not be time for you to get another touch up just yet.  And no, I do not recommend putting relaxer only on your edges for the sake of laying them down!  Here are a couple of things that I do.

  • Use edge control- Edge control is your friend! I highly recommend that you get one that you like and stick with it.  I like Hicks' Transformations which can be found at your local beauty supply store (not Sally's).  I take just a little bit and put directly on my edges then use a rat tail comb to smooth it, adding a little more if necessary.  Beware: using too much will make your hair look like you have a grease spot in one section of your head. Start off with a little and add more if you need it. All of my clients have loved this.  
  • Use gel- I have also used gel on my edges when my edge control was not around. It works just as great if you get the right one.  If it contains alcohol it will flake, so stay away from gel that contains alcohol.  Also, I prefer the clear gel versus its brown counterpart because when the brown gel dries on my hair, I just don't like how it looks.
  • Use your silk scarf- Once I put my edge control or gel on, I have found that it works even better once I tie my hair down with my silk scarf.  That helps lay the edges down even more and makes them lay down longer.  This is the primary reason why I am able to go six months without a relaxer.  If you continuoulsy don't wrap your hair, your edges will be the first thing to go nappy on you.  Keep them tamed by using your silk scarf, especially after a fresh touch up and they will stay that way.

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