15 Must Have Tools For Your Natural Hair Journey.
Having the right tools for your natural hair is essential. Here I have listed some important tools that will make your wash day and maintaining your styles easier.
1. Your fingers
will be you first line of defense against knots and tangles, especially after you have remove a protective style and during shampooing.
2. Wide Tooth Comb
A wide tooth comb is the next best thing to your finger, it will help to dangle your hair without causing excessive breakage. The space in this comb will allow you to move through your hair without ripping through it. Invest in a quality comb one that doesn't have jagged seems going down along the teeth of the comb.
3. Spray Bottle
Is great for wetting/misting your hair while styling. It's also beneficial when you have to refresh your hair without drenching it. You can also add your own DIY moisturizer or oils in it.
It's also best to work on damp hair before applying your moisturizer (depending on the style) because this is the best option for kinky, curly and coily tresses.
4. Detangling Brush
Detangling is somthing that all naturals have to do and some I'm pretty sure some cant stand. You want to ensure that you're able to detangle easily and faster on wash days and a good detangling brush should do an amazing job at removing tangles and even help to defines curls. You want to use this with product that has a lot of slip! always finger detangle prior to using a detantangling brush and never detantangle on dry hair just to make sure that you won't rip your hair out.
5. Rat Tail Comb
I used to be against using a small tooth comb when I returned natural, however, they are pretty useful! If you need to part your hair neatly, then this is the perfect tool to use.
Personally, I love using a small tooth comb to detangle and smooth out the ends of my hair in (small section) while/for doing a twist out or braid out style. I wouldn't go as far as using to detangle large section of my hair though! A rat tail comb is also great for starter locs and comb coils/twist.
6. Hair Pick
Another tool for natural hair that is necessary if you love volume is a hair pick. There are two different types to choose from : plastic or metal, personally I rather metal because plastic if the teeth becomes damaged can rip through you hair stands.
7. Croc' Clips/Claw Clips/Duckbill Clips
Once your hair starts to grow longer and thicker, you will need something that will help to hold your hair in place when you section it.
These clips make sectioning your hair so much easier and it will help you to focus on one section at a time without some strands getting in the way.
8. Goodie Hair Tie or Ouchless Bands
When it comes to wearing a high puff you will need a great hair tie. Goodie has some great ones. Stay away from the ones that have the metal clamps and the ones that are not smooth as these will cause breakage.
9. Applicator Bottle
An applicator bottle is the perfect tool for natural hair especially when it comes to doing hot oil treatments, pre-pooing or simply adding oil to your scalp. I love the ones with the skinny tips because it's easier to reach my scalp.
10. Thermal Cap/Hooded Dryer/Steamer/Plastic Caps
A thermal cap is another great tool to have for your natural hair. It's a convinient because all you have to do is pop it in the microwave and then wear it until the end of your deep conditioning session.
A hooded dryer or steamer is also a great way of adding heat when you are deep conditioning this will help the nourishing ingredients from your deep conditioner to penetrate your strands better.
Investing in a diffuser is perfect for the colder months when you want to achieve wash-n-go styles. A diffuser can be used to dry your hair fast, cut down on shrinkage and provide volume for your curls.
12. Bobby Pins/Accessories
Bobby pins can be used to holding your hair and style in place. You can use hair accessories to spice up your hair styles or make a statement.
13. Satin Bonnet/Pillowcase
Wearing a satin bonnet or sleeping on a satin pillowcase will ensure your natural hair is protected every night. Tie your hair or sleeping on a cotton pillowcase will absorb the moisture from your hair and will leave your hair dry and prone to breakage.
The last tools I recommend for you natural hair journey is a pair of shears. if you want to trim your own hair at home or dust your ends every once in awhile its important to invest in a good quality shears.
**Using household scissors to cut your hair wont give you a smooth and sharp cut ends. Shears are sharper than household scissors and will provide a precise cut.**
15. Scalp Massaging Shampoo Brush
I love using my Vitagoods Scalp Massaging Shampoo Brush, Using a scalp massaging brush not only offers a relaxing head massage but also stimulates the scalp and hair follicles, but the plastic bristles stimulate the cells within your scalp which in-turns increase blood flow which encourages hair growth.