There’s one rule of thumb for edge control products. Don’t assume they’re created equally. Like moisturizers, edge control products are formulated for specific textures and perform differently on every hair type. I’ve tried dozens of pomades and hair gels on my kinky curly tendrils, and almost all of them proved to be inadequate for smoothing out my 4C hairline without reversion. But through trial and error, I found a few gems that get the tough job done.

Seeing as though we’re entering peak poof season, I thought I would share my favorite solutions for molding my crown. If you know me, then you know that I keep my baby hair in formation and it’s all thanks to five special formulas that I hold near and dear to my heart. To see the products that lay my edges like magic, check out the round-up below.