If you love the idea of smooth and sleek baby hairs, you’re likely familiar with the art of laying your edges. While you may use a toothbrush to shape your edges, there is a styling tool that goes the extra mile to style your baby hairs with ease—the edge brush. This trendy tool is a step-up from the toothbrush, which allows you to smooth, sculpt, and lay your baby hairs to achieve a sleeker appearance. If you’re not too sure how to use this trendy styling tool or need a refresher, we’re here to help. Ahead, we’re giving you the scoop on what exactly the edge control brush styling tool is, how to use it, and if it’s necessary for your routine. Plus, we’re sharing a step-by-step routine to help you achieve the most popular baby hair styles.
WHAT IS AN EDGE BRUSH?
An edge brush (a.k.a edge control brush) is a small boar bristle brush with a long handle that's used to smooth damp baby hairs along your hairline for a sleek look. When used with an edge control product, like a hair gel or pomade, you’ll be able to achieve various styles. Think wavy patterns, small curves, and slicked-back strands that can frame your face. Typically this miniature tool is designed with a brush head on one end to shape your strands and a small comb on the other to smooth and separate your baby hairs. However, some offerings are dual-sided with a brush and comb head.
EDGE BRUSH VS. TOOTHBRUSH: WHICH IS BETTER?
It’s common for people to believe that an edge brush and a toothbrush can do the same job. While they both have the ability to shape your edges, the two tools have key differences that you should note. For starters, an edge brush is a styling tool that’s designed with baby hairs in mind. This tool is made with short, boar bristles that work with various textures to seamlessly sculpt your edges in less time. Since baby hairs are on the shorter side, this tool can style those wispy strands with ease. As we mentioned, edge control brushes have a comb on one side that also helps to separate and smooth your strands for an even look.
On the flip side, a toothbrush is nothing more than a hygiene product that can be used as an alternative when you’ve misplaced or don’t have a brush for edges. Unlike an edge control brush, a toothbrush only has one brush side that can be used to shape your baby hairs. It’s also not designed with special bristles that are meant for fragile, wispy hairs. Not to mention, using a toothbrush won’t give you the full effect of styling your baby hairs. The brush can help you shape your style, but you would still need a small comb to smooth out your strands for a precise look.
HOW TO USE AN EDGE BRUSH TO STYLE YOUR BABY HAIRS
Now that you’re more educated on the topic of a brush for edges, it’s time to create some magic. Follow our step-by-step routine below to learn how to style your baby hairs with an edge brush.
STEP #1: START WORKING ON DAMP HAIR TO GET MORE CONTROL
Your first thought may be to style dry baby hairs, but it’s important to work on damp hair. It’s easier to shape your wispy hairs while damp to achieve your desired style. Wet your edge brush with lukewarm water, tap off the excess water onto a towel, and brush your baby hairs downward. This will separate your baby hairs from the rest of your mane.
STEP #2: APPLY YOUR EDGE CONTROL PRODUCT TO YOUR BRUSH
When it comes to styling your edges, you’ll want to use the right edge control product. There are various options, from hair gels to pomades that come in soft, medium, and heavy holds to suit your needs. It’s also important to use a moisturizing product so you can keep your strands in shape. Once you have your product picked out, apply a small dime-sized amount to your brush for edges.
STEP #3: STYLE YOUR BABY HAIRS
Now it’s time to style your baby hairs. Depending on the shape or pattern you want, you’ll need to carefully comb and shape your edges to pull it off. Here are three options.
Baby Hairs Style #1: Wavy pattern. For those that dare to go bold with their baby hairs, the wavy pattern will suit your fancy. Start by creating a middle part at the center of your hairline and comb your baby hairs downward. On either side of your part, slowly smooth your edge brush along your hairline to shape your baby hairs in a wavy line. This should start from the middle part and end at your ear. Repeat on the other side.
Baby Hairs Style #2: Slicked-back. When you’re not in the mood to rock an eye-catching shape, slicked-back baby hairs will come in handy. You should also note that they’re easy to style. All you have to do is brush your baby hairs back toward your strands to get the look. Easy, peasy.
Baby Hairs Style #3: Small curves. Use the comb side of your edge brush to smooth your strands downward toward your forehead. Starting at the middle of your head, brush an inch-wide section of your baby hairs into a curved shape. Your baby hairs should curl toward your hairline. Repeat the process until all of your baby hairs are in place.
STEP #4: SET YOUR BABY HAIRS
Once your baby hairs are styled to perfection, you’ll want to set them in place so they can last. Wrap your hair in a silk scarf, making sure to cover your entire mane. Let the scarf sit for five to 10 minutes or leave it in place overnight—it’s all up to you.
STEP #5: SPRITZ YOUR MANE FOR A SHINY FINISH
After all of your hard work, we’re sure you want your baby hairs style to last. Mist your hair with a strong-hold hairspray, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold, which provides your hair with a soft, shiny, and long-lasting finish.