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3 Reasons to Stop Laying Your Edges

Edge Control Can Damage Your Hair

Our edges are one of the most fragile and sensitive areas of our hair. If braided too tightly, manipulated, styled or combed too much, it can create tautness which can eventually lead to your hair breaking off. In order for edge control to hold down your edges and create that slicked down look, it has to have an extremely thick, viscous texture.

However, the weightiness of the product risks not only obstructing your pores and preventing your scalp from breathing, but if used too frequently, it can cause the complete breakage of your baby hairs. If you still insist on styling your edges, remember to frequent moisturize your coils and use lighter products like Alikay Naturals Moisture Rich Hair Parfait, which is specifically formulated for extra-fine and super sensitive kinky hair.

It’s A Subtle Sign of Self-Hate

The natural hair trend has been one positive step in the direction of overcoming white supremacy’s influence on our standards of beauty. But why stop there? Let’s work to overcome every damaging and restrictive standard of beauty that has its roots in Eurocentrism. This includes the idea that your hair isn’t “done”, well-kept or professional if it isn’t sleeked down and straightened with some edge control or gel styler. While some may argue that the decision to slick down one’s hair is simply a matter of preference, it is simply undeniable that the pressure black women feel to “tame” their kinky, tightly-coiled baby hairs comes from living in a white supremacist society.

From birth we are taught that straight hair is superior to all other hair types and despite the resurgence of natural hair, it’s clear that black women haven’t done all the work necessary to fully purge white supremacy’s influence on our beauty standards. Our kinks and curls aren’t just beautiful when they’re slicked down—there is also immense beauty to be found and appreciated in kinky, coily baby hairs. Let’s start working on forming and recreating a black standard of beauty and a sense of pride within our black communities.

You Shouldn’t Have To “Tame” Your Edges To Be Accepted In Society

Our edges simply weren’t meant to lay, nap or slumber. Just like the rest of your hair, they were designed to be tightly coiled with spirals and spigots. Regardless of whether they like it or not, society is just going to have to accept this fact, because kinky, coily edges are beautiful and they’re here to stay. As mentioned above, laying our edges is a pattern in our community that reeks of self-hate. Because of the history of Black hair in America, there is no hairstyle a Black woman can rock without sending a political message. It’s unfortunate, but our hair will always be political. Make sure you’re not only aware of but also intentional of the type of message you want to send.

The idea that “good hair” only includes the type of hair that can lay flat on your head is incredibly problematic, however, wearing your hair proudly and confidently places the power back in our hands, black women. Good hair is simply healthy hair, so make sure to keep your edges and the entirety of your hair well-moisturized. Never be ashamed to rock your natural hair and show the world how beautiful your hair can be.

"Grace is a freelance writer and blogger from Canada. Her work has been featured on HerCampus, 21Ninety, Read Unwritten. She is a voracious reader, a dog-lover and a self-professed pop culture junkie. Her other hobbies include watching sappy romantic comedies, consuming too many strawberry-filled doughnuts and people-watching. Grace currently attends university, where she is working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Pre-Law."

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