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While having staple products for a standard wash day routine is great, having the best natural hair tools is needed to achieve the perfect hairstyle. If you’re a new or existing natural, here are ten must-have hair tools for your natural hair journey.
Satin Scarf, Bonnet or Pillow Case
Before figuring out what products work for your hair, you need to know how to keep it protected. Our hair is already prone to dryness and sleeping on cotton sheets and pillows without a satin material on your head will result in it soaking up the little moisture we have. Invest in a satin scarf or bonnet. If bonnets or scarves aren’t “cute enough” for the bedroom, invest in a silk or satin pillowcase.
You can NEVER have enough hairpins as a natural. U shape and bobby pins can be used to tame flyaways, keep our ends protected in different styles, or as an aide when washing to separate the hair into sections. I usually invest in a pack of 50-100. You’d be surprised how quickly hairpins can disappear. If the bulb tip is damaged or missing, remember to discard your hairpins. The metal ends can easily get caught in your hair to cause breakage. It also irritates the scalp. A quick tip for saving hairpins, especially when traveling is to store them in a tictac container or zip lock bag.
There are at LEAST two combs that every natural need: a wide tooth comb for detangling and general styling as well as a rat tail comb for parting. Wide-tooth combs a tremendous help in the detangling after protective styling or for wash day. I recommend using a comb after finger detangling during the wash day process. Seriously, how in the world are you going to detangle your hair using a fine-toothed comb? It’ll take forever! You can also invest in a hair pick to add volume to styles like afros, twist-outs, braid-outs, or rod styles.
Alligator hair clips, hair clamps, duckbill clips are a Godsend styling tool for naturals on wash day. While we don’t need them for sectioning off relaxers anymore, they’re useful during prepoo, washing, deep conditioning, and pretty much during any styling session. If you haven’t invested in any, please do. It’ll save you a headache when you make that perfect part and have to do it over because your hair got in the way. If you have thick, long hair, alligator hair clips are a great investment.
Spray bottles work well when your hair is dry before or during styling. To avoid breakage and tangles, you should style hair when it is moisturized with water or a leave-in. It is also is easier to manipulate in that state.
An applicator bottle is a great natural hair care tool that you can use to distribute products to your hair. Use it for wash day when wearing protective styles like crochet braids, weaves, or other types of extensions by mixing the shampoo with water to keep your scalp clean or when coloring. You can also add oil to use for prepooing or scalp massages.
Deep Conditioning Caps
Conditioning caps are great for deep conditioning after protective styling, protein treatments, and color-treated hair. You can purchase disposable conditioning caps, or get a reusable conditioning cap that can be put in the microwave to warm up.
Steaming natural hair is great for loosing tangled hair before styling and adding moisture. You can invest in a hand or tabletop steamer.
I always use a detangling brush after finger detangling to get rid of shed hair that I might’ve missed. Detangling brushes also help distribute product evenly through your hair when doing styles like a wash and go or applying a leave in. Last year I purchased the Felicia Leatherwood Original Detangler Brush and it has been one of the best hair tool investments in my natural hair journey.
All of these natural tools have been a great aid in my natural hair journey. The best part is I didn’t purchase them all at once. Whether you’re a newbie or have been rocking your natural hair for a while, these natural hair tools are great to have on your list for yourself or a friend. Not only will these hair tools for your natural hair help make the wash day styling process easier, but they also help keep your curls in their healthiest state.
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What are some of your must-have hair tools for natural hair?