I'm re-posting the article below. After the Super Cute Headband blog, I received an influx of emails asking how I achieved my smooth edges, and this routine, unlike most, is one that has not changed (can you believe it?!). After you're done reading, leave a comment detailing how you get your edges smooth!
I hope all is well in your world. Things are crazy here...as usual, but it keeps me on my toes!
Yesterday evening, I was feeling like a frizz monster, and knew that I'd probably end up pulling my TnC into a pony or bun the following morning. I usually lack this foresight, as I turn into a pumpkin after 9pm, and my edges end up FUZZY...which is okay some days, but every now and then, I want a sleeker look!
Last night, I gathered and secured my hair on top of my head using a scrunchy. I used only my 10 digits to do the job--no brush, no comb. I then took a bit of Shea butter, melted it between my palms, and generously applied it to my edges. Finally, I put on a scarf, and went to bed.
In the morning, I removed the scarf to reveal smooth, frizz free edges! Unlike with gel, my hair is not stiff or flaky. I have the control I need with a softer, more natural look. It's the best of both worlds! This method is low stress on your edges-- you're not using tools, and you don't have to pull them tight to get that sleek/smooth effect.
Of course, being the indecisive person I am, I changed my mind at the last minute, and took my hair down (not before attempting to jazz it up a bit, lol). I was surprised to find it still fluffy, and defined (albeit frizzy, lol). I liked the look and decided to rock it out again!
Moral of the story... apparently, pineappling (sleeping in a high loose pony to preserve curls) works for me! Go figure. Also, if you want a sleek pony or bun with out stressing your edges, try my Shea butter technique, and start the process the night before--or at least 30 minutes before you need to leave the house. Let the scarf and shea do the work :~)
**Edited to add: Sometimes, if my edges are particularly fuzzy, I'll wet my hands, smooth my edges and crown, and then apply the shea butter. I've also found pure Aloe Vera Jelly (used in the same way as the shea) to be very effective, it just provides a harder hold... but the shine is unmatched! Also, I bet Castor Oil or butters similar in consistency in pure Shea would work just as well (i.e. Mango Butter).