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Long gone are the days of being annoyed by your baby hairs. In fact, these short, unruly hairs are now a feature that it's stylish to draw attention to. Some of the most popular natural hairstyles just so happen to look amazing with laid edges—and we’re loving it. With the right hair styling tools and edge control products, you’ll be a pro at laying your edges in no time! Ready to become a baby hair styling wiz? Below, find six tips on to how to lay edges.
Our first tip? Wet your hair! While you don’t want your baby hairs to be soaking wet, you certainly don’t want them dry, either. Use a spray bottle to spritz water onto a small boar-bristle brush (or toothbrush—more on that later).
While you can use a boar-bristle brush to style your baby hairs, you’ll find that a clean, unused toothbrush will give you much more control and allow you to easily pull barely there hairs forward. Use your dampened toothbrush to do just that—brush your baby hairs forward and down your forehead.
The key to laying edges is using the right edge control product, which could be either a hair gel or pomade meant specifically for styling baby hairs. Choose a formula that best suits your needs. Consider whether you want to use a hard, long-lasting formula or if you’d prefer something with a softer hold. It’s also a good idea to look for a product that’s moisturizing and doesn’t have too much alcohol in the formula.
Once you’ve picked out your edge control product, you’ll need just a drop to shape your baby hairs. Place a tiny amount on your toothbrush and brush your hairs so that they’re curling toward your hairline. You can do a simple curve or get a little more creative with a wave shape, depending on the length of your baby hairs and the look you’re going for; you just don’t want your baby hairs to be curving down your forehead.
Last but not least, it’s important to set your baby hairs. To do so, wrap your hair in a silk scarf. You can do this for a few minutes before heading out the door or overnight if you’re laying your edges in advance. Just like baking your makeup, this will give your hair gel or pomade time to set so that your baby hairs stay styled all day and night!
As much as we love the look of locks that hang free, when you lay your edges, it’s best to put your hair up. You wouldn’t want to spend all that time styling your baby hairs only for them not to be seen, would you? Of course not! Whether you opt for a half-up hairstyle, a ponytail, or a bun is totally your call, but be sure to have your face-framing strands pulled back and away from your hairline. Need a few ideas? Here are three of our favorite hairstyles to pair with baby hairs:
A pony is one of the most foolproof hairstyles out there, and that definitely holds true when you add baby hairs into the mix. Pull your hair up high to show off your amazing cheekbones and your perfectly laid edges.
Slicked edges and a sleek bun go together like no other. Secure all of your hair into a tight bun at the nape of your neck for a winning combo.
Braids—cornrows in particular—and baby hairs are another pairing that’s nothing short of perfect. Not to mention, it’s one way to take your protective hairstyle to the next level! Speaking of which…
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