Whether you are transitioning, contemplating going natural, or a full on veteran in the natural hair community, it is vital to know what tools to rely on. At any stage, despite your hair type or length, every naturalista can relate to the excitement of finding a hair tool that actually works. Our fingers can definitely be one of the best tools to detangle and style our hair, but sometimes they need a break or just simply don’t cut it. We’ve come up with a short list of six of our fave natural hair tool essentials that do not discriminate and always come correct. These tools will provide you with bomb results when styling and maintaining your hair while saving you some precious time.
#6 – The Beloved Scalp Massager
This little tool packs a whole lot of power and brings you one step closer to hair nirvana. Think of it as a vibrating brush that stimulates hair growth and health. It’s like a mini massage you can treat yourself to everyday. This is a must on our list because it targets build up on the scalp and can be used to help distribute your favorite oils and serums.
Check out the Vanity Planet Groove Rejuvenating Scalp Massager, $19.99 on amazon.com
#5 – The Edge Tamer
If you are looking to lay and slay your edges, a large boar bristle brush won’t really achieve sleek baby hairs with precision and a toothbrush doesn’t always get the job done. Having an edge tamer on hand is the key to swooping edges and having them laid for the gods. The precision you will achieve with a small edge tamer with a comb on the opposite end is heaven sent and a must-have in your arsenal.
Check out Camyrn’s BFF Gentle Edges Brush, $2.39 on amazon.com
#4 – The Hooded Dryer
This tool is essential for all styles requiring overnight drying like twist outs, braid outs, finger coils, rod sets of any kind and the list goes on. A solid hooded dryer will cut that dry time down and also help your deep conditioner penetrate your coils when it’s time for a moisture pamper session.
Check out the Laila Ali Salon Ionic Dryer, $39.99 on amazon.com
#3 – The Diffuser
You know we can’t not mention the handy dandy hair diffuser. This is the tool you never knew you needed, but absolutely cannot live without. For those days where you want to skip the painful wait of the air dry method and jump straight into picking your fro out, a diffuser is your new rider. A diffuser attachment uses perfectly planted holes to disperse air flow from your blow dryer in a way that prevents frizz. A plus is that most attachments will work well with the blow dryer you already have. Get ready to say goodbye to untamed frizz and hello to faster dry time and one of your best curly investments.
Check out The Curly Co. diffuser attachment on amazon.com
#2 – The Hair Steamer
We know the moisture struggle can be too real for us gals with kinky and coily hair textures. That’s why a hair steamer must be on deck to add moisture back into your curls. The steam helps to add moisture and thus can make dry, brittle and thirsty hair supple, hydrated and healthy; it enables hair stretching, less shrinkage and tangles; it refreshes curls without having to start over; and helps clean the scalp and promote hair growth. Adding a steam treatment to your routine 1-2 times per week will leave your thirsty curls feeling happy and full of moisture.
Check out the Q-Redew Handheld Hair Steamer, $78 on amazon.com
#1 – The Wide Tooth Comb
If there is one thing you take away from reading this, this is it. Every curlfriend absolutely needs a wide tooth comb in her life. A wide tooth comb makes it much easier to detangle which will reduce breakage, it prevents/reduces split ends and its gentle on the scalp. Believe it or not, once purchasing one, you’ll find yourself spending some quality one on one time with this tool. In the shower, out of the shower, in your car, on a trip, your wide tooth comb will become a staple in your life.
Check out our Kazmaleje Curl Care Detangler™ Comb, $15 (pre-order) on curlscout.com