When it comes to natural hair, there are so many choices out there for women like you and me to maintain our curls. If you are new to the natural hair scene, you might, however, be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of natural hair tools that are out there. To get you started on the right path, here are eleven hair tools for natural hair that you should purchase:
Spray bottle: This is a necessity if you have natural hair, because as you are aware, moisturisation is a must for naturalistas. Spray bottles are what you need to refresh and moisturise your calls. Just put some water and conditioner in the spray bottle, shake together and get spritzing. This will make your hair easier to style. And the good news is that spray bottles last a long time, so you get your money’s worth using it.
Hair clips: When it comes to sectioning off hair, hair clips are an essential tool. Dealing with a whole head of natural hair is scary for most naturalistas, so using clips to section your hair and keep those sections separate while styling makes it easier to manage your curls. This saves you a whole lot of time when making your hair. You may want to use alligator clips as an alternative.
Bobby pins: You simply don’t have the time or energy to do much to your natural hair this morning? No problem. Simply get a handful of bobby pins and create a great hairstyle without too much stress. Bobby pins are also used to hold flyaway hair in place and to accessorise a natural hairstyle if you want to add a little spice. And whether it is a roll-tuck-and-pin or an afro hawk, the style options are limitless when using bobby pins.
Combs: Whether your hair is natural or not, combs are an essential hair tool. If you have natural hair, you will definitely need combs in your arsenal, including a rat tail comb for parting and a wide-tooth detangling comb for detangling. Don’t forget to go for a wide–tooth comb because it helps you detangle your hair without causing excessive breakage, as the spaces in the comb will allow you to get through your hair without ripping out your ends.
Applicator bottle: An applicator bottle makes it easy to moisturise your scalp. This is especially great if you’re a little heavy handed with the oils. Applicator bottles have narrow tips and allow you to apply oils directly to your scalp. They are also great for heating up oils for hot oil treatments.
Scrunchies/ head bands: There are days when you just don’t feel like messing with your hair. And there are days when your twist out just is not acting right. This is when you need scrunchies and headbands. They are great for chic updos and puffs!
Thermal cap: Combining heat with deep conditioning helps your hair absorb the nourishing ingredients it needs. A thermal cap will allow you do just that, and this is why it is another great tool for your natural hair. All you need to do is place it in the microwave to warm up, and then have it on until your deep conditioning session ends.
Diffuser: Diffusers are great for the colder months when you want to achieve a wash and go, as it helps to dry your hair faster, while cutting down on shrinkage, providing volume, and defining for your curls.
Satin bonnet/pillowcase: Sleeping on a satin pillowcase or wearing a satin bonnet to bed ensures that your natural hair is protected. Sleeping on cotton makes your hair lose moisture and makes it prone to split-ends and breakage. On the other hand, satin (whether as a bonnet or as a pillowcase) helps you retain the moisture in your hair, and helps to minimise unwanted frizz.
Hair pick: Interested in creating volume with your hair? Then you need a hair pick. You can voluminise your hairstyle by focusing your hair pick on the roots. A hair pick will help you achieve big, voluminous hair if that is what you’re looking for, and you can choose from either metal or plastic hair picks.
Shears: If you’ve ever wanted to trim your hair by yourself, you would have discovered that scissors don’t really do the job as well as you’d like. This is why it is important to invest in good-quality shears, as they are sharper and provide a precise cut.
There are many natural hair tools out there, but I find that the eleven I have listed above are very helpful. And the good news is that you don’t have to purchase all of them at once. You can put them on a purchase list and buy them one after the other.
I guarantee that they will make your hair care routine infinitely easier. And easier is better, right?
Stay beautiful on your natural hair journey.