1. Spritz Hair With Water:
The first step in laid edges is water. I always spritz my hair lightly with water first. The key is to slightly dampen the hair, but not make it too wet. Remember: natural hair forms to whatever shape it dries into. So if you start with slightly dampened hair, it will form into a sleeker style.
2.Use a Hair Butter, Hair Milk or "Alcohol-Free" Gel:
Many people believe that the only way to get sleek edges is to use gel. Although gel will provide the most hold, you can also try other products as well. If you choose to use gel, try an “[bad] alcohol-free gel” that won’t dry your hair. (Good, fatty alcohols — stearyl, cetyl, cetearyl, laurel, myristyl, behenyl — provide moisture. But avoid drying alcohols like ethanol, propanol, propyl, isopropyl, and isobutane.) Ecostyler Gel is a favorite among women with natural hair.
3. Tie Your Head Until It Dries:
Once you spritz your hair and use your product of choice, the final step is to tie your edges down with a silk or satin scarf until it dries. If you only slightly dampened your hair, it shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes for them to dry.
With these three steps, you can smooth your edges without damaging them. It is important to note that you should remember not to pull your hair too tight, nor should you wear the same style the same way over a period of time. Even with appropriate products, the tension will cause traction alopecia.
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