I just saw a video of a women with locs applying relaxer to her edges. Mind blown! Then, I began to wonder why anyone would apply a relaxer to their edges when they wear the majority of their hair in a natural state?! Now, I can’t personally speak on anyone’s behalf so I can only assume the goal is to have sleek edges. “Laying your edges”, as its typically known, is very common in our community; but it is rooted in the aspiration to appeal to the European “standards of beauty”. Personally, I believe you should embrace your natural texture and redefine what the root (pun-intended lol) of beauty is for you!
However, I do understand that not everyone shares those same sentiments. So, in the interest of hair care, I am going to share with you a few tips for properly applying edge control so that you don’t lose your edges!
Do’s & Don’ts of Edge Control for Locs
Do Slightly Dampen the Hair. Before you apply any edge control on your locs, make sure your edges are slightly wet. This will help your edges stay sleek & smooth for longer.
Don’t Use a harsh product. Products that are filled with alcohol, petroleum, or wax can suffocate the hairline, lead to thinning/breakage, or cause dry scalp. Also, remember that even though you are applying the edge control to your edges that area of your hair is still a foundation for locs.
Do use a soft brush. One way to avoid using too much product is by applying a small amount and using a soft brush to spread it. Emphasis on soft because you don’t want to be too abrasive with your hairline.
Don’t apply edge control daily! Constantly manipulating your roots, especially in a way that evolves tension, is a recipe for thinning or worse. I would recommend using edge control no more than 2 times per week. So, choose your days wisely.
Do Use a Sanex Strip While Drying to Maintain Sleekness. You may find that when you apply edge control, because your hair is textured, that it may quickly revert. Well, if you follow the aforementioned “do’s” and then use a sanex strip while they are drying your edges will stay in place.
I hope these tips help you if you are currently or thinking about applying edge control on your edges with locs. Also, in the video “Edge Control Tips for Women With Locs“, I also share a bonus tip for how to properly wearing your scarf at night to ensure your edges can stay sleek for longer!
Let me know in the comments if you have any other tips for applying edge control to your locs!