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Edges hair has never looked so good. Here is how to nail it like a PRO!

There is no denying the power well groomed edges hair holds when it comes to a polished hairstyle. In fact, the styling of edges (otherwise known as baby hairs), has become somewhat of an art form.

This can involve cutting, trimming and styling the fine delicate hairs that grow along your hairline (typically shorter and softer than the rest of the hair), with swoops, swirls and intricate and creative designs, often using edge control products, edge brushes and sometimes hair accessories to create precise patterns. The goal is to make them laid and tidy to perfectly frame the face.

The edges trend can go from soft and subtle to OTP (over the top) bold, creative and stylish. So whether you’re looking to amplify your hairstyle for a night out, or running errands and need to just add a soft scooped sweet to look like you “woke up like this” these tips and inspo have got you covered (literally)

If we look at Black and Latino communities, baby hairs have held a particular cultural significance for generations, gaining popularity in the 90s and Noughties, primarily within the Hip Hop and R&B music scene and then expanding this to influence the fashion industry as a whole. It wasn't long before we started seeing the style being feature in runways and sported in major campaigns for big fashion houses.

What was once seen as an unavoidable and unmanageable feature has quickly become a deliberate and fashionable element to hairstyling. Granted, as much as we have grown a love for baby hairs, they are notoriously tricky to control. “They’re a lot thinner and shorter than the rest of your hair and, as a result, they can be hard to control and style”, says Joanne Dodds from Hair Trade.

But it's not impossible. In fact, if you know how to work them just right, they can become an important part of your hairstyle, especially when creating an updo. While taming edges can sometimes be tricky, when your gel and design just work, it's a pretty damn good feeling.

Here are our best tips to style your edges hairs in seven steps:

1.Prep the hair

Before styling your edges, make sure your hair is clean and well-moisturised. Wash and condition your hair and don't forget to apply a leave-in conditioner or hair oil to ensure your edges are hydrated and manageable.

2.Comb and brush

Using a soft-bristled toothbrush or a small edge brush, gently comb through your edges to detangle and smooth them. For a sleeker finish, lightly dampen the edges with water or edge control gel to help them lay flat.

Tangle Teezer Wide Tooth Comb R305

3.Apply edge control products

Invest in a good edge control product suitable for your hair type. Edge control gels or pomades are designed to tame flyaways, provide hold, and create that sleek finish. When applying the product, use a small amount at a time to avoid buildup and greasiness.

ORS Edge Control Hair Gel R

4.Style baby hairs and play around with artistic styles

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Take a small amount of edge control product and pop on your brush or toothbrush. Start working it through your edges in small, gentle strokes. Brush in the direction you want your hair to lay, creating a smooth, defined and neat finish. Be creative and experiment with various shapes and styles.

Eco Style Professional Styling Gel R112

5.Wrap and protect

To preserve your styled edges, consider wrapping your hair with a silk scarf or using a satin bonnet before bedtime. This helps reduce friction and prevents frizz, ensuring your edges remain intact and well-maintained.

Cantu Tie Bonnet Scarf R149.95

6.Refresh and re-style

Throughout the day, you may notice some frizz or your edges becoming less defined. Carry a small travel-sized edge control product with you to touch up your hair whenever needed. Simply apply a tiny amount and brush through to restore the sleek appearance. However don't over do it, and stay careful with buildup.

7. Avoid Over-Manipulation:

While it's essential to groom your edges regularly, try to avoid excessive pulling, tugging, or harsh brushing, as this can lead to hair breakage and damage over time. Be gentle with your hair to maintain its health and integrity.

Now that you've got your technique down, it's time for the style inspiration you were after…

Obsessed yet? Here is some more edges hair inspo:

This mix match of baby hairs are perfect for a messy top bun as they're not structured but still look neat.

Lay flat a long curl on the edges for structured baby hairs finish.

The beauty on fuzzy baby hairs is that they're effortless and require very little maintenance. These edges are the real I-woke-up-like-this baby hairs.

From 'S' shapes to waves and even spirals, why sweep those little fluffy strands to the side when you can make them into a feature. Go a step further and add some gemstones or glittery hair embellishments to make the baby hairs the main attraction?

This Barbie-fied side swoop frames the face perfectly and compliments a deep side parting oh-so -well.

Even if you're rocking braids, laid down edges can go a long way.

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