Hi C. Leigh tribe! I hope all is well. After a short hiatus from our Beauty & Fashion segment, Life with C. Leigh is back with new content you’re sure to love. Today, I’m talking hair—specifically those edges, ladies! Now, I personally have never had a problem with laying my edges—my baby hairs have always been a nice little focal point for compliments from both the ladies and the fellas, pre-natural and post-big chop. However, I have become quite picky when it comes to purchasing edge control. As a natural, I simply cannot use the same edge control that I use on my hair for textured hair styles—such as, braid outs and wash n go’s as I use for my straight hair looks.
Now, my baby hairs go far back and although the soft curls are adorable, I just prefer a slightly sleeker look—please note, I said sleeker not hard or firm. I am absolutely not a fan of hard edges. I like soft, but controlled edges—we have to keep it natural ladies. There is no reason for your hair to be soft and touchable, but your edges hard, dry, and crusty.
Here’s the ultimate baby hair test; wash your hair and take a look in the mirror and if the hair doesn’t naturally—meaning without manipulation, frame your face (whether straight or soft curls), then it’s not baby hair and should not be treated as such. Grown women have no business with a whole bunch of swoops and swirls around their hairline, that are basically glued to their forehead due to too much edge control—it’s just too much. If it takes all that, leave it alone and embrace the curls and more on. We all should have edges, some of us just don’t have “baby hair.” Think of baby hairs as dimples or freckles—some people have them, some do not and that’s perfectly fine. For those who do, here are my top 3 baby hair slayers for my fellow naturalistas (in no particular order, they each serve a different purpose):
1. Mielle Organics Flexible Hold Edge Gel
This is the only gel that I use for crown braids, Dutch braids, flat twists, and two-strand twists and similar styles. Now look, a little of this gel goes a long way, probably because it’s made with honey and lavender flower wax. Plus, as for the smell—it has a citrus scent, which I personally love.
2. The Mane Choice Growth Stimulating Edge Control
Now this edge control works great, but its base is water. So, I would suggest only using this product when you are doing texturizing styles—such as a wash n’ go or braid out. It leaves my edges wavy—looking effortlessly and naturally laid. Again, do not overdo it—begin with a small amount and add as you see fit.
3. Giovanni Wicked Texture, The Definition of Pomade
Lastly, but certainly not least, this Giovanni pomade is amazing! It’s not easy finding an edge control that is safe to put on your edges on straighten hair, especially day-one straight hair, if you want your straight hair to last a while. But, this stuff right here—it gets the job done and does it well! With just a little bit of this stuff, my baby hairs look and feel soft and defined. I don’t have to worry about product build-up. If you haven’t already, go cop this, right now!
Well, this is all I have to say about my personal go-to edge controls, or as I like to call them, ‘baby hair slayers.’ Give them a try! They’re guaranteed to save some edges.
Drop a comment below and let us know some of your favorite baby hair slayer products, tricks and tips. We all have a couple beauty secrets. So, let’s share them and help save a hair-do.
Until next time,