Grown-Up Ways To Wear Your Baby Hairs

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What you do with your edges is your business... but sometimes, that final look just doesn't feel complete without a few impeccably-done swoops. Baby hairs — the small wisps around your hairline — are going to be visible, whether you like 'em or not. And that's especially true if you've got textured hair. So why not have a little fun with them?
Yara Shahidi, Skai Jackson, and other stars did just that at the 2018 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, where the looks are usually a lot more playful than your average award show. But even on a younger red carpet, there was nothing babyish about the way they wore their baby hairs. In fact, you'll probably be seeing people put their edges on display a lot more this year. "They add a fun and flirty accent to any hairstyle," says hairstylist Nai'vasha Johnson, who works with Shahidi. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your toothbrush and get inspired with some new ideas, ahead.
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Skai Jackson's braided bun looks even more elegant with three long swoops around her hairline. You can either dab your gel onto the brush itself or apply the product directly with your fingers — just make sure to brush thoroughly to evenly distribute it.
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Mariah Carey hit the red carpet with the whole family last night, wearing a no-fuss curly ponytail that adorably matched her daughter Monroe's.
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Yara Shahidi's intricate baby hairs stole the show. "I wanted a babydoll effect, so I chose a swirly look," says Johnson. To copy the look at home, you'll need the right products. "Sometimes I'll use Eco Styler, or Hick's Edges Pomade, or Oribe Original Pomade — it's really strong," Johnson says. "To make sure that the gel actually stays, I use minimal hairs per section for maximum control."
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Storm Reid, who loves to play with her box braids at every appearance, looked regal in this half-updo studded with filigree tubes and complete with face framing edges.
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If you're not feeling a half-pony, pile your hair high to open up your face, like Knight Squad's Daniella Perkins...
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... or On My Block star Sierra Capri.
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