No matter what stage you’re at in your natural hair journey, these natural hair essentials will help to keep your hairstyle popping and your strands healthy and flourishing! With the wide range of hair products and tools on the market, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and fall into the product junkie trap. When I started my hair journey I learned quickly that not having the right tools on hand can really slow you down especially when it comes to styling or on wash days. We all know how time-consuming wash days can be!
Here are a few natural hair essentials that will have your vanity station looking like a professional mini salon equipped with all the tools you will need to make styling and caring for your natural hair a breeze!
15 Natural Hair Essentials For all Hair Types
The first natural hair essential tool I got when I started on my hair journey was a wide-tooth comb. I threw out all my other combs and haven’t looked back since. Wide-tooth combs do a great job of detangling knots, tangles, and separating hair while minimizing excess breakage. Make sure to use a plastic wide-tooth comb, and not a metal one for less friction. Another essential is the classic and popular afro comb! My wash n goes and high puffs would be lost without this tool.
2. Spray Bottle
I’m so in love with my new flairosol spray bottle! it provides a continuous mist and is easier to use. If you do not have a spray bottle, get one! Whether your refreshing your curls, detangling, or moisturising you need a spray bottle to distribute enough water without drenching your hair.
The Denman brush should always be your go-to comb for detangling! Its bristles are made to separate and detangle knots from the hair effectively. It’s also a great tool for your wash-n-gos! The definition is real sis!
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A second favourite amongst many naturals is the tangle teezer. It comes in different sizes and it’s made with firm bristles that move through the hair in swift motions and gently unravel knots.
Not all hairbrushes are made equal! Having the right hair brush can really make a difference in your routine. I’ve gone through so many brushes over the years and I’ve learned that the ones with a soft bristle is perfect for my 3c fine natural hair as it won’t be too harsh on my scalp
5. Rattail comb
Whether you’re a novice or a pro when it comes to styling your natural hair a rattail comb is a must-have! If you’re in the market for a parting comb, get one that you feel will work for you and your hair’s needs. Personally, plastic rat tail combs don’t do my parting justice so instead, I always opt for the one with a metal end to get that clean and precise parting.
Crocodile clips are best used for situations where you need to style a large section of hair. These are the perfect assistant, helping to hold the hair out of way. I often use these on a regular basis to manage and style my hair, especially on wash days! I find styling my hair in sections is much easier when each section is separated.
I’ve gone through countless hair ties over the years and if there’s anything that annoys me it’s hair ties that snag and damage my hair. To avoid this, make sure that your hair tie of choice doesn’t have any kind of metal clasp or seam that could potentially snag on your strands. Instead, get hair ties where the band is continuous unless a fastener is specifically built into the design for adjusting purposes.
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You need to be adding heat into your wash day regimen! The moist heat helps hydrate strands, promote scalp circulation, and open the hair cuticle which can help amp up the effects of your hair and scalp products, especially if you have low-porosity hair. If you’re tight on space opt for a heat cap instead of a steamer.
Protect your hair a night and maintain that protective hairstyle that took your hours to do! By wrapping your hair in a silk scarf at night you can prevent breakage in the hair and frizz. Silk does not absorb moisture like other fabrics such as cotton, it helps keep it in and in turn, is better for your hair.
A microfiber towel is better for absorption, you can dry your hair in no time! it’s also great to reduce the frizziness you may see with standard towel-dried hair. Anything that helps me with frizz is a must so if you haven’t already go ahead and ditch your regular cotton towel!
Oiling my scalp is so much easier with an applicator bottle, it saves me time and avoids unnecessary mess. The tip can get in between any protective style which is always handy!
12. Plastic caps
Whether your deep conditioning or doing a hot oil treatment make sure you have plastic caps on hand! By wearing a plastic cap you will generate heat and increase the benefit of your deep conditioning session and allow the conditioner to penetrate your hair shaft.
Protecting our hair and skin at night is the main reason many of us buy a satin or silk pillowcase. My main reason for me having a satin pillowcase is pure laziness! Yup that’s right you hear me right. On the days where I just cannot be asked to cover my hair up I know I can just crash on bed without feeling guilty that I’ll ruin my hairstyle or
14. Styling container – Bobby pins, elastic bands & clips
These are my must-have natural hair essentials! If you’re like me and you love to switch up your style then having a container with all these small essentials in reach will make styling your hair 10x easier!
15. Edge brush
I still use a toothbrush because I’m too old school and lazy to upgrade but an edge brush is a must-have to lay those baby hairs down sis!