A word to the wise, edge control is just that– edge control!
I’ve been thrown off lately by the number of clients that come in with a messy bun or sleek ponytail. Not because a messy bun or ponytail aren’t cute, but because when asked “what’s in your hair,” the response is typically “edge control.” One of the main reasons I ask clients this question is because I don’t want any surprises at the bowl! Products such as wax, grease, heavy oil and edge control leave film on the hair. These products do not leave just any film, but a thick film that shampoo cannot penetrate once the hair has been wet. More importantly, that product film causes uneven hair color or cellophane treatment (semi-permanent hair color).
Another reason that edge control is not good for the client or their hair is that these products, especially edge, control require a dry shampoo. What is a dry shampoo? Well it is when your stylist has to put shampoo in your hair before wetting it to STRIP your hair of whatever product you have in it along with all your natural oils. The hair is left extremely dry after this process and a deep conditioning is required after such a treatment.
So what can you use to slick your hair down if wax, grease or edge control are out of the question? My suggestion, depending on the texture of the hair, is to use gel or a light hair spray and tying the ponytail down just as you would wrap your hair when it is curled or styled. These products rinse clear with water requiring no dry shampoo. If you’re concerned with drying due to gel or hairspray that is not a problem. You will want to put about a quarter size amount of conditioner on the hair before gel and if using hair spray use a light oil before spraying the hair.
Really quick, before we get into my suggestions, I know what you ladies are thinking (I’m a hairstylist for crying out loud I get paid to know what women are thinking), you’re thinking “wait why can I use it on my edges but not my whole head?” Here’s why: first, when creating those sexy angelic baby hairs you generally wash your face and remove it and have to reapply the edge control the next day. Secondly, the edges can be scrubbed a little harder and easier than scrubbing the entire head of hair you have because edge control was used as a pomade.