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My Top 5 Edge Tamers

Hey guys! It has been forever since my last post and so much has happened. I have recently started writing for an online Caribbean magazine that focuses on health, fashion, music, beauty and culture on a whole. You can check the magazine out here (The Coco Magazine) and share some love by subscribing. My academic life has also proven to be more demanding of recent, which leaves me limited time to pursue other interests. I do apologise for being MIA for so long. Today I have decided to share with you my top five edge tamers. Feel free to share some of your favourites by leaving a comment below and until next time stay blessed!

  1. Darcy’s Botanicals Coconut and Cupuacu Butter: This is a natural hair pomade with a very thick, buttery consistency. I recently reviewed this product for  The Coco Magazine and will be purchasing and adding it to my list of favourite hair products. The shine and scent is amazing and a little goes a long way. You can read my review here: http://www.thecocomagazine.com/locs/product-review-3-of-darcys-botanicals/item_limitstart/page-11
  2. ImageDonna Marie Hair Glaze Pomade: I am a sucker for great scents and this hair glaze is a close second to the Darcy’s Botanicals Hair Butter in terms of its delicious smell. I don’t get as much shine from this product but it does a great job of keeping my edges slicked back.
  3. ImageI once bought this Soft n’free n’pretty hair product by accident but never regretted the purchase. This olive and sunflower oil edge tamer is very light, adds shine to my hair and works well on my edges. I particularly like using it when I want my hair pulled back in a ponytail without having to use gel. The smell isn’t great but it gets an A for doing what it says it would do. It is also very moisturising and leaves my hair feeling soft.Image
  4. Castor oil has many health benefits such as for the skin and hair. I use it on my edges to help thicken and minimize the chances of traction alopecia. One of the properties I like about castor oil is its high viscosity, which is basically its “thick texture” or resistance to flow when compared with water. Because of this, I am able to use castor oil on my edges as a way of slicking down fly-away strands while keeping my hairline healthy. Its also very affordable and easily sourced at most beauty shops and pharmacies.Image
  5. Beside Eco styler gel, I rarely use other gels on my hair. However, last summer my mother started using some of the products from the Mizani hair line and convinced me to try their edge taming gel. Although I wasn’t a huge fan, my mother swears by this. If I have none of the above listed products, I would definitely use this gel on my edges. It gives great shine but has a tendency to leave my hair feeling very stiff and crunchy. I usually have to spritz my hair with some water to soften it up a bit. Not a holy grail product but none the less works to slick back and smooth my edges.










Pre-Poo Oils

I have been adding oils to my hair before shampooing as it helps prevent *hygral fatigue and protein loss. Thus, it penetrates the hair shaft and prevents too much water being absorbed into the hair during the wash process.

Other reasons to pre-poo: If you are using harsh cleansers, prevents essential oils from being completely stripped from hair, helps minimize tangles.

1. Coconut Oil
2. Castor Oil
3. Olive Oil
4.Avocado OIl

These Oils are excellent for this purpose as they all penetrate the hair shaft. They can also be used in any deep conditioning mix as a result by simply adding some honey.

*Hygral fatigue is basically the damage caused to your hair shaft by the constant wetting and drying of your hair. To understand this think about blow drying soaking wet hair (heat being used to rapidly dry hair). Your hair cuticles are constantly opened and closed and over time becomes stressed and hence damaged.

If you haven’t added a pre-poo to your routine as yet be sure to do some research and consider it. You won’t regret it I promise!