Product naming can be tricky, and understanding the names can be all the trickier. When it comes to edge-slicking formulas, here is a guide to understanding the meaning behind an edge tamer, pomade, and hair balm. While it is important to knowing the similarities and differences, it is equally important to know what is best for you and your hair’s needs.
With so many on the market, it could appear they all do the same thing. So, you logically think you could choose any one and get the same result. That may or not be true. Nevertheless, each formula has one major goal in mind, which is to tame the frizz along the perimeter of your head. Let’s see which one is best for you.
- Adds nourishment
- Adds brilliant shine
- Adds long lasting hold
Fab 5 Ingredients
Water (aqua), calendula officinalis flower extract, goldenseal (hydrastis canadensis), lawsonia inermis (henna) extract, humulus lupulus (hops) extract, and equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract.
To my surprise the ingredients match its claim. Each of the fab 5 ingredients is nourishing extracts that strengthen and enhance the hair. The styling polymers are further down the list. For best results, apply to your edges with fingertips and chase it with a boar bristle brush. This product is best used on along the hairline for Type 3 and Type 4 curl patterns.
- Provides nourishment (all-vegetable pomade)
- Provides protection
- Provides a long lasting, glossy finish
Fab 5 ingredients
Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, hydrogenated glycine soja (soybean) oil, organic virgin cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, and olea europaea (olive) oil.
Like the edge tamer, this formula is also chock-full of nourishing agents to support its purposes. From beginning to end, the formula uses natural ingredients for results, like cocoa seed butter for dual nourishment and holding agent. This product is best used to impart sheen, lubricate the scalp, and maintain stretched styles. Women who love using natural and gentle products will find this product comforting and effective for enhancement and mild styling.
- Strengthening, less breakage
- Soft and smooth
Fab 5 Ingredients
Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, cera alba (beeswax), glycine soja (soybean) oil, microcrystalline wax, and PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil.
This product should be used on dry hair to protect, strengthen, and enrich the hair shaft. Not just for the edges, this product can be used throughout the hair. Utilizing beeswax as a holding and styling agent, this will also be effective at protecting, enhancing, softening, and smoothing the hair. It can also be used for all hair types.
Mild holding formulas may use oils and natural butters like shea, cocoa, and mango seed as their primary holding agents. Products with a medium to strong hold may use a combination of natural waxy esters and/or polymers in varying degrees as well as herbal or vegetable based gums like cellulose gum to hold the hair in place. Many polymers will begin with “poly ” such as polydimethylsiloxane and polyquaternium 11. However, it is important to know that the addition of the ingredients does not guarantee it will meet the estimated hold. The hold factor is also determined by the amount of the particular ingredient within the formula.
As you can see, all three formulas have one thing in common, nourishment. You can count on edge tamers, pomades, and balms to protect the hair and enhance it with nourishing ingredients. The differences will be in the hold. Study the intention of your product selection before purchasing. If you have looser curls or a soft, fine texture, choose a lighter, mild holding formula. On the other hand, if you have high density, or tighter curls, choose a stronger holding formula.