As a new natural, you may get caught up in finding products that work for your hair and often become a product junkie as a result. While staple products for a standard hair regimen are great, there are styling tools you need in order to have that “on fleek” style. If you’re a new or existing natural, below are five styling tools that every natural needs.
Satin Scarf, Bonnet or Pillow Case
Before figuring out what products work, you need to keep in 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. 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. They can be used to tame fly aways, 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 100. You’d be surprised how quickly they disappear. Remember to toss hairpins when the bulb tip is damaged or removed. The metal ends can easily get caught in our 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.
Wide Tooth Comb
Seriously, how in the world are you going to detangle your hair using a fine-toothed comb? It’ll take forever! Wide tooth combs are a tremendous help in the detangling process. I recommend using it after finger detangling.
Hair clamps and duckbill clips are a Godsend for naturals. While we don’t need them for sectioning off relaxer application anymore, they’re useful during prepoo, washing, 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.
Spray and Applicator Bottles
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. Applicator bottles are good for applying oil for prepooing or doing scalp massages. They also come in handy when wearing protective styles like crochet braids, weaves or other types of extensions, mixing shampoo with water to keep your scalp clean.
What are some styling tools used for your natural hair?