Every woman sporting natural hair knows there are some essential tools and products necessary for a good natural hair care regimen. From fingers to water and the right brush, simplicity is the key. There is no need to break the bank buying everything one’s natural hair girlfriends have in their collection. Every head of hair is unique in its own way, so one should shop for one’s hair needs and not just to accumulate hair products or accessories.
Water: Like brown on rice, water and natural hair go hand in hand. Nothing loves moisture more than natural hair and this should be a top priority on the list. Water can mixed with other natural essential oils to make excellent hair strand moisturizers during dry summer months, and it is also great for detangling hair.
Spray bottle: Perfect for storing water used to dampen/detangle hair, or storing moisturizers.
Denman Brush: This fabulous hair brush is great for detangling. Every natural hair diva knows that tangling is a definitely no-no for healthy natural hair. No matter the hair length, this brush is great for smoothing and shaping hair without the snagging or breaking that comes with using other brushes. Available at folica.com, Walmart, sallybeautysupply.com or amazon.com.
Satin pillowcase or satin scarf: Everyone needs at least one of these to keep hair healthy. Satin pillowcases enhance hair maintenance and growth by eliminating snags that cause damage from hair breakage. It is definitely a must-have in the natural hair care arsenal. For those not into satin sheets or pillowcases, a satin scarf will do the job. Available at shopbedding.com , target.com, bedbathandbeyond.com or amazon.com.
Wide tooth comb: Small or medium tooth combs do not work well on natural afro hair, especially when it comes to the detangling. Many ladies have suffered painful combing sessions because they used small tooth combs to comb wet or even dry hair. A wide tooth comb with rounded tips makes post-shampoo hair easier to condition/braid/style without damaging the hair strands.
Bobby hair pins: One can never have enough of this. Keep stray hair strands in place or use for specific hairstyles like updos.
Old cotton t shirt or soft Microfiber towel: Use the soft towel or old cotton t shirt to dry hair after shampooing/conditioning.
Elastic headbands: Great for those ladies who work out.
Alligator clips: The hairstylist’s secret to sectioning hair for conditioning, moisturizing, styling or just securing hair.
Sulfate-free shampoo: Sulfates strip the hair’s natural oils. Use natural shampoos.
Moisturizing conditioner: Keeps hair silky soft.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is one of the most effective natural oils for treating dry or damaged hair. It is high in saturated fats and rich enough in antioxidants to reduce the harmful effects of the sun, dandruff and chemical treatments. It works well to condition and restore the hair’s natural moisture. Whether coconut oil is used for deep conditioning or a hot oil treatment on porous hair, it offers the same results; soft, manageable hair achieved naturally.
Raw shea butter: Great for styling hair. Check out bulknaturaloils.com for bulk virgin shea butter.
Tee-shirts: Most natural hair divas love apparel that showcases their afro, curl or bald head. Chic tee-shirts add instant style to any wardrobe. Check out fabulous tees from www.boutiquemix.com – the curly afro girl tee for the curly girl, the afro girl tee for the fierce afronista, the afro puff tee for the ‘updo’ diva or the Sa Lone Pikin hoodie for the everyday naturalista.
Use this information to build your own tool kit, or use as a natural hair gift guide.
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