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 and do everything you want them to do, but over time as your hair begins to grow they begin to get a mind of their own 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 three simple steps to make your edges lay down without putting relaxer on them.
- Comb hair straight down- While the hair is wet, preferably after shampooing and conditioning, gently comb it straight down in the direction that you want it styled.
- Use foam wrap- After you have your hair combed straight down, apply foam wrap to your edges and roots. I prefer the by L. Jones Whipped Honey Foam Wrap to do this. The foam wrap is your secret weapon to making the new growth lay flat.
- Use your silk scarf- Once you apply the foam wrap, tie your hair down with a satin scarf (like these) and allow the hair to air dry. It is very important to not remove the scarf until the hair is completely dry. After you have allowed the hair to dry, remove the scarf and you will see that your edges and roots are flat. Then, style as usual.
Bonus: Use edge control- Edge control is your friend! I highly recommend that you get one that you like and stick with it (I recommend this one). I take just a little bit and put it 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. Tip: Do your best to straighten the hair first. This will make the edge control more effective. Otherwise, the hair will revert back much quicker.
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