Being able to embrace as well as manage and maintain your natural hair, whether you are new to the game or not, is not always an easy thing! Luckily, there are some amazing tools out there for all curly, kinky and afro hair types, to help us out- whether it be on a daily basis or just on those dreaded wash-days. I personally couldn't imagine living without these items now!
Check out the list below; many would agree that these tools have changed the natural hair game by far!
1. Wide Tooth Comb
Wide tooth combs are great at detangling curly hair. It is designed to let the natural curl pattern pass through the teeth of the comb more easily than a normal comb would, creating smoother more defined curls at each stroke (Tip: only comb hair whilst wet with a conditioner/detangler). Using a wide tooth comb promotes less breakage as there is less friction on the hair, and in turn promotes healthier and faster hair growth.
2. Hair Pik
Lets be honest. Who used to copy the straight haired girls at school and 'back-comb' their curls for added volume?! Well, I'm glad that era has passed! All that would create is frizz through friction, and lots & lots of tangles and single strand knots! Instead, opt for a hair pik to add extra volume to your mane; hair piks are designed to be used to add volume from the roots of your hair. Always remember to be as gentle as possible to not 'stress' the hair.
3. Microfiber Towel
The last thing you want to do to your freshly washed and conditioned hair is to damage, break and cause frizz to it! That's what the traditional cotton towel does to our hair. Instead, you can opt for an old cotton t-shirt, or a microfiber towel which is much gentler to the hair. Microfiber towels are specially designed to create much less friction on the hair, as well as to remove excess (but not all) water/liquids from the hair- keeping your hair moist without over drying. There is no need to rub your hair with this type of towel; simply squeezing your hair with a microfiber towel is enough to absorb the necessary amount.
4. Plastic/Conditioning Cap
Plastic shower caps are great to trap in heat when deep-conditioning your hair, meaning the product can penetrate deeper into your hair strands, which is what you want. They are cheap and efficient and easy to get your hands on.
I would advise against using them in your daily shower to keep your hair dry- instead, let your hair take in the steam from your shower (your hair will thank you for it), just keep your hair up high to prevent it from getting wet.
5. Silk/Satin Pillowcase
Sleep in peace, knowing that your curls or kinks are on the best possible material whilst you snooze. You can toss and turn to your hearts content, and still awake with hardly any to no frizz at all in the morning, as silk and satin create very little friction making you hair less prone to frizz, split ends and breakage.
6. Silk/Satin Bonnet
Silk or satin hair bonnets are great for the above reasons as well as for preserving your styles at night- Twists, braids, sleek up-do's, you name it! A silk/satin bonnet will ensure you wake up with your hair ready to go the next day- minimal touch-up required, if any!
7. Spray Bottle
Curlier hair types tend to dry quite fast, and seen as it is best for us to apply our products onto damp hair for best results, using a spray bottle can come in very handy! Simply spray some water onto any parts of your hair that seem to have dried by the time you get to work on that section, and you're back in action. No need to keep running back and forth from the bathroom sink (time is precious!)- Or applying product on your hair as it dries, as you will end up with uneven results. Spray bottles are also great for re-touching days old hair!
8. Hair Clips
Working in sections is a really important part of the 'curly girl' routine. It ensures knots and breakage is kept to a minimum during washing and styling, and makes it easier to work through your hair. This is where the hair clips come in handy- and make sure you have plenty, I'm sure many can recall the struggle of holding up a section only before realising you don't have a clip or hair band in sight! (next up, arm ache!!)
9. Hair Steamer (optional)
I put optional here, as steam is great for our hair, however, putting your money towards buying a steamer, some would say is a waste of money. The steam from your morning shower and on wash day is really enough for your hair to benefit from. If you would prefer not to buy a steamer, just make sure you aren't covering your hair in the shower.
10. Satin/ Non-Tug Scrunchies and Hair Bands
No one ever wants to unintentionally over stretch their hair or end up having to tear out knots when undoing a ponytail, but its inevitable to want to put your hair up when you like without that worry at the back of your mind. The new trending spirally 'non-tug' hair bands are great for curly hair so long as you're not making it too tight, as the spirals can get caught up and create what I would describe as a nightmare (talking from personal experience!). I would highly recommend using satin scrunchie as these are the safest and gentlest for our hair types- you can now find them in all sizes and colours too!