When you decided to become natural, you probably also decided, if you are like me, that you would be doing your own hair most of the time. In my opinion, you have to learn how to style and take care of your own hair once you make that decision.
Some of you may be saying, I need my stylist. Having a stylist is cool but natural hairstyles take time and have several steps. Not to mention, you need to deep condition every time and leave the conditioner in for at least 30 minutes. Most stylist have so many people to see that they don’t have time to give you and your natural curls the attention that it needs. If they do have time they only do silk presses (flat ironing) or crochet braids. This is a big issue here is MS that I am going to try to change. We need stylists here that specialize in natural hair styling. When I say styling I am referring to styles such as: two-strand twist, flat-twist, bantu knots, and wash and go to name a few.
A year after going natural I decided that I needed a stylist. I searched and searched some salons and finally I came across one that said that they specialized in natural hair. I called them and set up a paid consultation. I did my consultation and set up an appointment for the following week. The day of my appointment I got there early because at that time I worked the overnight shift and I got off at 8am. When I got there, there were no cars there. My appointment was at 9am so by 9:10 I called the business phone, no answer. After 10 more minutes I decided to leave the stylist an email; of course there was no reply. Honey I’m still waiting on that reply! Anywho, I went back to work the next day to tell all my natural co-workers that the stylist was a no show. After that incident I saw reviews that complained of the same issue I had with this particular stylist/ salon. I should have read reviews first! Oh well you live and you learn. Since then I have only gone to a stylist 8 times in 4 years. Four times was to get Crochet braids and the other four were to get my hair straightened and two of those times my sister did my hair.
Now that you know that you will have to commit to being able to do your hair most of the time let me give you a list of the supplies that you will need. These are things that I recommend.
A blowdryer is a must for any woman with hair. A blowdryer can be used several ways. First you can use it the old fashion way with no attachment and a paddle brush. Blow drying this way is good for a blow out or a natural style if you want to retain some length. I use a comb attachment because it’s simple and easy to use versus holding a blow dryer and a brush. I’ll leave that to the professionals. Then you can use the diffuser attachment to dry your wash and go. Next there is the concentrator attachment in which you can use to dry your hair using the Tension method. This method can be used to lengthen a wash and go or for those that think the comb is too harsh. People with straight hair use this attachment with a brush and style their hair. There is also the oscillating attachment that moves in a circular motion while the air is blowing out; I have not used this one.
When I first went natural I thought I would never use a hooded dryer again. I remember those relaxed days when my stylist back then would wrap my wet hair and I would have to sit up under that thing for almost 3 hours. Man I don’t miss those days! If you style your hair in the morning and you decide that you want to wear it out that day, this is where your hooded dryer becomes your best friend.
There are several types of combs out there. As a natural you will need three: a rat tail comb, a wide tooth comb and a heavy duty double row wide tooth comb. I use the Ouidad. I love it!
As a natural I recommended you have four brushes as a part of your styling tool box. A narrow bristle brush for brushing down those baby hairs (if that is your thing). A wide brush for styling those puffs and low ponytails. A paddle brush and a boar bristle brush.
A flat iron is only need to do a blowout aka silk press!!
Hair ties or bands are needed whenever you want to put your hair up. Whether you want to wear a high puff, low puff or a ponytail with extensions…. You need the hair bands. I recommend snapee.
I think that this styling tool needs no explanation. Girl you can’t have a styling tool box without loads of Bobbie pins. Cause you know they are just like socks… They come up missing!
A steamer is optional but I really think that it is the best tool that people sleep on. This tool can bring an old style back to life! It can also allow conditioners and other products to penetrate the hair shaft better. I have a handheld that I use regularly. It is the Q-Redew; I highly recommend it. This is also a good hooded steamer.
If you plan on trimming your own ends then you need a good pair of shears. I just recently bought a pair of shears versus those cheap scissors with the black handle that you can get a Walmart. I tell ya I could feel the difference. Your hair should be trimmed every 6 to 12 weeks depending on how you style your hair.
Hair clips are used to hold your hair out of the way while styling. There is no way I could style my hair without these.
Last but definitely not least is the good old plastic cap. I know some of you may want to get fancy here but please don’t. The cheap ones work fine. Some people even take the fugileness a step farther by using grocery bags. I say do whatever works for you. I recommend these plastic caps.
Ladies enjoy your day and go Slay!
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