9 Products To Keep Your Your Edges Laid Forever

Of all the hot topics surrounding natural hair, edges (the shorter strands around your hairline) seem to be the most debated. Some men and women choose to lay them down, while others let their baby hairs fly. They've been at the center of both controversy — and plenty of pop culture references. ("My edges were snatched" might describe a response to a shocking scenario, or a live Beyoncé performance. "Your mom has no edges" are fighting words.)
But wherever you stand on the subject, we can all agree that finding a product that works on them is still a struggle. (Take it from me, someone who has yet to find a gel strong enough for my own baby hairs). To help, some of our favorite celebrity stylists shared the edge control products that they keep in their kits. These outlast any red carpet or outdoor concert — at a variety of price points. Just make sure you have your toothbrush handy.
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Best For When You're Graying

If you need a quick-fix for your telltale grays, this must-have pomade comes in black now.

Creme of Nature Perfect Edges Black, $4.79, available at Sally Beauty.
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Best For When It's Hot AF

"Aveda's Brilliant Humectant Pomade is quite good if you want the light hold for maintaining your curl without going frizzy," says hairstylist Vernon François, who works with Lupita Nyong'o and Solange. "It's really great in dry and humid climates and it smells amazing!"

Aveda Brilliant Humectant Pomade, $25, available at Aveda.
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Best For Blowouts

"Unlike most edge tamers, the Black Vanilla goes on dry so it will not revert natural hair that has been blown out smooth," says hairstylist Kahh Spence, who's behind some of Kehlani's hairstyles. "It also doesn't melt or get sticky."

Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Edge Control Smoother, $8, available at Carol's Daughter.
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Best For '90s-Style Swoops

"The Coconut Shea Glaze gives me a nice firm hold, making it perfect for cornrow styles," says hairstylist Dr. Kari, whose clients include Brandy, Willow Smith, and Meagan Good.

Eden Body Works Coconut Shea Control Edge Glaze, $8.99, available at Eden Body Works.
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Best For Flyaways

"If you want to tackle flyaway pieces around the hairline, this is great," Shirley Gordon, a Clairol color expert, says. "Although it is a wax stick, it's not too waxy, and a little goes a long way."

Tigi Bed Head Hair Stick, $21, available at Walgreens.
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Best To Fight Flakes

"Got2b's gel is great because it really holds and gives shine without going flakey after it dries," François notes.

Got2b Ultra Glued Styling Gel, $6.49, available at Walgreens.
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Best For Buns And Ponytails

"This works wonders on all textures, but especially on medium to coarse hair," says Gordon. "It's very creamy, and it stays in place. It doesn't make the hair stiff, and is great for a sleek, editorial look."

Wella EIMI Grip Cream Flexible Molding Cream, $21, available at Ulta.
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Best For Your Vacay Carry-On

"On set, I can have this right in my pocket," Derick Monroe, hairstylist to Tyra Banks and Iman, says. "Its built-in applicator brush makes it easy to apply to tame curls and to smooth edges and flyaways. It applies clean with no mess to hands and gives a smooth finish."

Dark and Lovely Anti-Reversion Edge Sleeker, $5.95, available at House of Beauty.
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Best To Withstand Festival Season

The name is gross, and the texture may be gloopy — but this less than $3 find (applied with a toothbrush or a hard brush) can withstand an entire day in the sun.

Moco De Gorila Punk Squizz Hair Gel, $2.52, available at Target.
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