How to slick it down?!

Is there a trick to slicking your edges down? It seems like no matter what type of gel I use, I can never get smooth edges! Is it a hair type thing? I see other ladies with thick 4a/b puffs with nice smooth edges and I'm sad I can never get mine to look like that. Do you have to layer the products a certain way? Before I went to sleep last night I used Fantasia gel with some Let's Jam on top and slept in a scarf and still my edges were fuzzy! Any tips?

ETA: I don't want baby hair slicked down or anything! Just nice, smooth edges. Mine seriously look like cotton balls around my ears

Last edited by hautecocoa; 06-30-2008 at 10:42 PM.
depending on your hairstyle, the old stocking and gel (currently fantasia ic) works for me. my current style is a bun.
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depending on your hairstyle, the old stocking and gel (currently fantasia ic) works for me. my current style is a bun.
Originally Posted by aricurl
Old stocking?
Try smoothing it with a boar bristle brush b4 using the scarf.
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depending on your hairstyle, the old stocking and gel (currently fantasia ic) works for me. my current style is a bun.
Originally Posted by aricurl
Old stocking?
Originally Posted by hautecocoa
yeah: Since I'm bunning, I needed help controlling the flyaways. I've been dampening the edges and put Fantasia IC gel and wrapped an old stocking (the leg) around my edges. My edges come out shiny and wavy and stays flat on my head. That only works if your hairstyle is pulled back.
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^^i agree. a silk scarf right after gelling and smoothing works. castor oil also weighs edges down flat. but a scarf or a tocking right after smoothing is often key.
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just my personal opinion, but the reason why the edges may not lay down is because they are broken? I just apply gel and brush mine back and they smooth down instantly. Mainly because the hair around my edges is pretty much the same length as the rest of my hair.

I know we all want the smooth edges, but a lot of manipulation in that area can lead to thinning if you are not careful.

Not trying to scare you...but just some food for thought.
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just my personal opinion, but the reason why the edges may not lay down is because they are broken? I just apply gel and brush mine back and they smooth down instantly. Mainly because the hair around my edges is pretty much the same length as the rest of my hair.

I know we all want the smooth edges, but a lot of manipulation in that area can lead to thinning if you are not careful.

Not trying to scare you...but just some food for thought.
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
I don't think they're broken...they're the same length. I've always had that problem so I never really wear my hair pulled back because it looks like a fuzz ball
^^i agree. a silk scarf right after gelling and smoothing works. castor oil also weighs edges down flat. but a scarf or a tocking right after smoothing is often key.
Originally Posted by chicacanela
Thanks for the tip on castor oil. I've never used it before...is it good for conditioning the hair too?
I find that my edges are smoothest if I wet the area before applying the product. Then I brush it.
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I have the same problem!!! I think Curlybear or Empressri (I'm her fotki stalkee, I must confess) recommended Oyin Pomade and Asha to slick my edges. I just ordered the Oyin pomade. I hope it helps my frizzy edges too!
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When I slicked down this style (see link below) on my 4b hair (with a touch of 4a softness) I washed my hair. While soaking wet, I used a leave in conditioner. I sectioned my hair horizontally from front to back and shingled a soft gel (Giovanni or any inexpensive wave gel) through my entire head. For the outter edge of my hair I used the clear Eco styler gel. I allowed ity to dry naturally without tying it down. It sounds like a lot, but my hair needs this in order to lay down. You can add a tap of the brown gel on the very edges of the hair for extra hold. I really don't wear this style much or for many days (One or 2 max).

http://public.fotki.com/osocristie/i...!/1001549.html
When I slicked down this style (see link below) on my 4b hair (with a touch of 4a softness) I washed my hair. While soaking wet, I used a leave in conditioner. I sectioned my hair horizontally from front to back and shingled a soft gel (Giovanni or any inexpensive wave gel) through my entire head. For the outter edge of my hair I used the clear Eco styler gel. I allowed ity to dry naturally without tying it down. It sounds like a lot, but my hair needs this in order to lay down. You can add a tap of the brown gel on the very edges of the hair for extra hold. I really don't wear this style much or for many days (One or 2 max).

http://public.fotki.com/osocristie/i...!/1001549.html
Originally Posted by osocristie
Very pretty!
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My Routine.
Weekly Cleansers: Co-Wash - Suave Coconut or Yes to Cucumbers and Trader Joe's Nourish Spa. Giovanni 50-50 poo on scalp only.
Moisturizers: Mix of Giovanni Direct with AO Honey Suckle; KCKT; Jamaican Castor Oil, water.
Sealers: My whipped raw shea butter/oil blend.
Scalp Oil: Jojoba, Rosemary, Horsetail, Burdock Root, Aloe Vera Gel
Hairstyle: Protective.

Henndigo occasionally.
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When I slicked down this style (see link below) on my 4b hair (with a touch of 4a softness) I washed my hair. While soaking wet, I used a leave in conditioner. I sectioned my hair horizontally from front to back and shingled a soft gel (Giovanni or any inexpensive wave gel) through my entire head. For the outter edge of my hair I used the clear Eco styler gel. I allowed ity to dry naturally without tying it down. It sounds like a lot, but my hair needs this in order to lay down. You can add a tap of the brown gel on the very edges of the hair for extra hold. I really don't wear this style much or for many days (One or 2 max).

http://public.fotki.com/osocristie/i...!/1001549.html
Originally Posted by osocristie
Very pretty!
Originally Posted by aricurl
Thanks Doll. I try!
I get the best, slickest slick backs with Fantasia IC Thick N Shine Gel on dry hair. I'm wearing a puff today and I slicked it back using the Thick N Shine Gel and my bare hands. I pulled it back with an ouchless band and slicked it a little more with the gel and my bare hands then I tied a scarf over it for about 30 mins. I've had perfectly slicked edges all day.
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After I wash my hair with Wen and leave a little in as a leave in conditioner, all I use is the clear Eco Styler gel with level 10 hold. I pull it back in a ponytail while my hair is damp and brush my edges. I get the same results as osochristie.
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