The Secret to Getting My 4C Edges Laid

10 October 2018

Edges (also known as baby hairs) have become an important step in the hair care routines of black girls. For the naturals, properly slicking down your edges comes with more work because the texture of your hair is much more curly.

Black natural hair is categorized into different types based on texture (photo above).

Type 4C is the most tightly coiled curls. Meaning it’s harder to work with, especially when dry. Almost like using a dry blender, you get nowhere. Therefore it’s imperative to add product or water, then use techniques to achieve particular hairstyles. This carry ons with your edges.

As someone who has the 4C texture, I know the struggle for laying my edges. After watching several Youtube tutorials and not being able to master their techniques and trying a lot of different edge control products, a gel used for styling edges, I was fed up. Nothing was working.

Recently, I came to find out that, it’s not necessarily about the edge control, it’s about your technique.
After some trial and error, I found the secret to laying my 4C edges in just a few steps. I’m no hair expert but this method worked for me, and if you struggle with your 4C edges this will most likely also work for you.

And of course, I will let you in on that secret but first, you’re going to need these essential tools to get the look. 
Here's what you'll need:

  • Edge Control or Hair Gel
  • A small double-ended boar bristle brush (similar to a toothbrush)
  • A blowdryer
  • A rat tail comb
  • A headscarf

Step 1: Gel It Out

Apply your edge control or gel first, wherever you’re going to be styling your edges. Let it sit for about two to three minutes so it can get a little bit tacky. I recommend using the Got2b Ultra Glued Gel ($9).

Step 2: Brush, Swoop, & Dry

Take your small brush and start making your desired style by brushing the hair in repeated semi circle motions. You can alternate between the brush and rat tail comb to get more precise swoops. While you’re doing this, turn your blow dryer on to a cool setting and hold it up to the hair while brushing the swoops into your desired style. The cool air allows you to manipulate the hair any way you want, and make sure that edges stay where you placed them. The T3 Cura Luxe Dryer ($365) has a built-in ion genterator that uses negative ions to smoothen the hair cuticle for soft, frizz-free results.

Step 3: Lay, Lay, Lay

Once you’ve achieved your desired look, take your headscarf and tie it around the edges. For extra security that your edges won't move out of place leave it on for 10 minutes to half an hour.

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