11 Stimulating Growth Products to Put on Your Hairline Besides Edge Control

11 Stimulating Growth Products to Put on Your Hairline Besides Edge Control
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It’s time to have an honest conversation about edge control. For as long as we can remember, black women have been fed this idea that our hairline is only acceptable when it’s smooth, laid and shiny, a notion that may or may not have to do with the mainstream beauty standards that long proclaimed Eurocentric features to be ideal.

And it’s only been amplified in the age of social media. These days, there are countless YouTube tutorials, Instagram accounts and expert advice dedicated solely to mastering the swirl of a curl with a comb or brush. And while they’re undoubtedly mesmerizing (and useful, depending on your style of choice), we’d be hard-pressed to ignore the harsh side effects of slathering our hairline in gels and pomades too.

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To be clear, we’re not saying you should throw away that jar of Ampro gel sitting on your dresser. What a woman decides to do with her hair is her choice alone. However, it’s equally important to feed your edges the nourishment it needs, in an effort to ward off hair loss and thinning, which so happens to affect black women more harshly. According to a 2016 study conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology, we’re most prone to traction alopecia, best described as “a type of hair loss caused by styles that pull the hair too tight.”

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So while hair loss isn’t always avoidable, there are small ways to prevent the problem from getting worse and in some cases, to reverse it altogether. And since edge control is one of the more popular products for textured hair, we can’t think of a better place to start. The downside of these stylers is that they’re often made with ingredients that dehydrate our scalp and strands, such as alcohol and propanol—just look on the label, and they’ll likely be one of the first ones listed.

The antidote to overusing edge control is trading it for a treatment made with nutrients that promote healthy growth, but still provide the luster and uniformity of a traditional gel; castor oil, shea butter and peppermint to name a few. Ahead, 11 formulas that include these all-star ingredients.

STYLECASTER | Hairline Products That Aren't Edge Control | SheaMoisture Stregthen & Restore Edge Treatment

SheaMoisture.

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Edge Treatment

Castor oil, a vegetable oil derived from the castor bean, is a superior emollient—meaning it absorbs easily into the skin. It’s also filled with omega-9 fatty acids that aid in stimulating thickness and blood circulation throughout the scalp.

$7.99 at Target

STYLECASTER | Hairline Products That Aren't Edge Control | Taliah Waajid Bamboo & Biotin Edge Growth

Taliah Waajid.

Taliah Waajid Bamboo & Biotin Edge Growth

This two-in-one treatment is infused with biotin, a popular nutrient for stimulating growth, as well as bamboo for increased elasticity and basil for added nutrient value.

$4.99 at Taliah Waajid

STYLECASTER | Hairline Products That Aren't Edge Control | Tropic Isle Living Red Pimento Edge Primer

Tropic Isle Living.

Tropic Isle Living Red Pimento Edge Primer

Should you still want to use your edge control, this primer is made with a slew of oils—including red pimento, grapeseed and castor–to protect your hairline before applying the gel or pomade.

$7.99 at Tropic Isle Living

STYLECASTER | Hairline Products That Aren't Edge Control | The Mane Choice Daily Moisturizer

The Mane Choice.

The Mane Choice Daily Moisturizer and Sealing Cream

This one’s infused with moringa oil, a healing essential oil that replenishes the hair shaft and scalp with moisture, thus promoting increased strength and growth with consistent use.

$14.99 at The Mane Choice

STYLECASTER | Hairline Products That Aren't Edge Control | TXTR by Cantu Control Paste

Cantu.

TXTR by Cantu Control Paste

An ideal product for ponytails and updos, this styler is infused with shea butter and castor oil, so your hairline is getting the nutrients it needs, while also providing gentle hold.

$9.99 at Ulta

STYLECASTER | Hairline Products That Aren't Edge Control | Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Scalp Oil

Mielle Organics.

Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil 

This teeny bottle is packed with more than 30 essential oils and biotin, making it the ideal daily treatment that will deliver the maximum amount of moisture to your scalp.

$9.99 at Mielle Organics

STYLECASTER | Hairline Products That Aren't Edge Control | Hairfinity Serum

Hairfinity.

Hairfinity Infinite Edges Serum

Made with more than 80 percent natural ingredients and free of mineral oil, this daily treatment promises to deliver intense hydration to the most vulnerable parts of your hair, including the hairline.

$35 at Hairfinity

STYLECASTER | Hairline Products That Aren't Edge Control | Edge Entity Follicle Stimulant

Edge Entity.

Edge Entity Follicle Stimulant

Natural oils, coconut milk and peppermint will wake up the damaged part of your scalp and create a reinvigorated, healthy environment for new strands to grow in.

$29.99 at Edge Entity

STYLECASTER | Hairline Products That Aren't Edge Control | EDEN BodyWorks Temple and Nape Balm

EDEN BodyWorks.

EDEN BodyWorks All Natural Temple Balm

Combine the stimulating powers of peppermint with the antiseptic properties of tea tree, and you’ve got all that you need to clean up a parched, dirty hairline and start fresh.

$13.49 at Amazon

STYLECASTER | Hairline Products That Aren't Edge Control | ORS Fertilizing Temple Balm

ORS.

ORS Fertilizing Temple Balm

Phytic acid exfoliates the clogged pores on your scalp while cayenne stimulates growth. Say hello to a healthier hairline.

$10.41 at Amazon

STYLECASTER | Hairline Products That Aren't Edge Control | Dr. Miracle Temple and Nape Balm

Dr. Miracle’s.

Dr. Miracle’s Temple and Nape Gro Balm

Prepare to feel a tingly sensation on the scalp as ingredients including aloe vera and wheat protein work to calm an irritated scalp and create a fresh environment for healthy growth.

$7.97 at Amazon

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