So, what’s the solution? I find that a great place to start is often right at the root, with your texture and porosity. Depending on how thick your hair is—that is strand-wise rather than length—the texture of the edge control and level of hold you need will vary, as will the formula base. Have finer coils? Then a lightweight water-based gel is your best buy. As with oil-based gels and waxes, the kinker and thicker the better.
If like me you know that managing to maintain perfectly slicked edges that last all day in the face of heat, humidity, and the everyday bustle relies heavily on the smooth application of an edge gel, but are struggling to pick just one, fear not. Below I’ve listed some of my favorite edge control products for the sleekest finish.