I think every curly/kinky hair woman wants to obtain the ultimate holy grail of hair styling - smooth edges. Maybe it's from years of relaxers, but having smooth edges was something I yearned for after going natural. My hair is notoriously stubborn on my edges and temples. It's will not lay down. I learned to live with furry, curly, and kinky edeges for much of my transition phase because I thought, "This is all that I can do, I'm natural now." (insert sad face).
Then one day, a co-worker of mine asked me to give her some flat-twists; she was transitioning as well. She handed me her bag of products. In the bag she had some Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Edge Control. She swore by the stuff stating it was the only thing that "Laid her edges down." I scoffed at her, knowing my supremly stubborn edges would defy gravity even though this stuff was supposed to be 'magic'.
I smoothed a bit on my edges and . . . they were smooth - almost as if I had a relaxer. I wasn't convinced, I waited an hour, I know my hair. By the time I finished her twists, by edges were still smooth. I was an instant fan. Now, Olive Oil Edge Control is a staple in my hair arsenal. It works well when I wear my hair in a high puff or when I put my braids in a bun.
So what's in the stuff that has become my MAGIC IN A JAR? Well here's a list of the key ingredients:
- Olive Oil: Rich in essential fatty acids, it infuses moisture directly into the cuticle.
- Aloe Vera: provides moisture and conditioning properties
- Wheat Protein: strengthens the hair and reduces breakage
- The product is quite sticky, and it really holds the hair in place all day.
- You don't need much. Usually a finger-tip full will spread around your edges.
- Great for people with fine hair - it holds 2-strand twists together.
- It smells really good - a fresh fruit smell.
- If too much is used, there can be a residue.
- The product can dry out and lose it's stickiness if left open overnight.