If you’ve tuned-in to your favorite hair vloggers for ways to achieve the perfect ponytail or to tame annoying flyaways when you’re wearing braids, you’ve undoubtedly seen them use the tried-and-true brush and edge control combo. If not, let this be your formal introduction to many stylists’ not-so-secret weapon. Whether your hair is chemically straightened, pressed or in its natural state, edge control is helpful in achieving the perfect pull-back. There’s a wide variety of products available for different purposes, different textures and with multiple levels of hold. Some are labeled as edge control, while others are gels, gelées or pomades. No matter what product you choose for which styles, remember that your edges are one of the most vulnerable parts of your hairline, so handle them with care.