11 Must Have Tools for Natural Hair Styling

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.

Stylist Issue

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.

Styling Tools

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.

Blow Dryers

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.

Hooded Dryers

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.

Combs

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!

Brushes

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.

Flat Iron

A flat iron is only need to do a blowout aka silk press!!

Hair Ties

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.

Bobbie Pins

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!

Steamers

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.

Shears

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

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.

Plastic Caps

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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11 Steps to Straight Natural Hair

When you decided to go natural you probably did so for a few reasons.  The main reasons for me were healthy hair, thick hair and style Versatility. Natural hair also gives you a sense of freedom and makes you feel closer to your roots. Wakanda Forever!

Health

Hair health should be your top goal and more important than length.  Who wants long, thin hair with split ends? Yuck! The amount of strands of hair you have on your head can also be a sign of good health.  Some people have fine strands of hair but they have lots of them; this too is a sign of healthy natural hair.

Versatility

Being natural also gives you many many style choices.  Just because you decided to go natural doesn’t mean that you don’t want to wear your hair straight once in a while. Depending on your hair type you may want to straighten it less in order to keep it healthy and thick.  I have 4c natural hair and I learned through trial and error and heat damage that I should not straighten my hair more than three times per year. I also learned not to set the temperature of my flat-iron above 420०.  When purchasing a flat-iron always purchase one with a dial with temperature options. Here are my top choices: Bayliss Pro Nano Titanium-Plated Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron and CHI PRO Digital Titanium Infused Ceramic Flat Iron. The 4c hair strand is very curly.  It curls on top of itself which causes a lot of Shrinkage. This hair type is normally coarse and kinky with a z curl pattern, but sometimes these strands are fine.  For these reasons you have to be very careful when straightening your hair.  Now I will give you step by step instructions of how I straighten my natural hair.

11 Steps to Straight Natural Hair

1. Wash Your hair

When deciding to straighten your natural hair it should be very clean.  You should use your shampoo of choice, maybe even a clarifying shampoo. I use either GIOVANNI COSMETICS- Eco Chic Smooth As Silk Shampoo or The Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic & Soy Milk Shampoo.  You should not use a cleansing conditioner because it will not get your hair squeaky clean like a shampoo will.

2. Condition Your Hair

The conditioner that you choose should have some slip so you can start to detangle your hair.  I use with GIOVANNI- Eco Chic Smooth As Silk Conditioner or The Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic & Soy Milk Deep Hydration Conditioner .

3. Deep Condition Your hair

When you deep condition your hair you should let it sit for 30 minutes with a GlamCap Thermal Hair Repair Conditioning Cap if you do not want to sit under a hooded dryer.  I also sometimes put on a Clear Shower Caps and sit under a hooded dryer for at least 20 minutes. I use The Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic & Soy Milk Deep Hydration Mask  or Strands of Faith deep conditioner.  After the 30 minutes has passed detangle your hair, preferably in the shower as you allow the water to rinse the conditioner out.

4. Section Your Hair

You should section your hair in four sections.  Sectioning your hair makes it easier to blow dry.  When sectioning use these Xtava Styling Hair Clips  or Diane Large butterfly clamps.

5. Blow Dry

You should blow dry your hair one section at a time.  You can blow dry using the comb attachment, a paddle brush or the tension method with the JINRI Three Speed Hair Dryer. When one section is dry, twist or braid or pin out of the way.

6. Moisturize

Now that your hair is dry add a small (pea sized) amount of a shea based moisturizer all over your hair.  Now go back over your hair with the blow dryer.

7. Flatiron

Starting in the back take small sections of each section and flat-iron. You need to comb through each section and go back through with a HYOUJIN 608 Black Carbon Anti-Static Pin tail Comb in front of the flat-iron plates as you glide through your hair. This is called the chasing method. The chasing method helps to get rid of tangles and knots that could be at your ends.

8. Clip Your ends

Once you are done flat ironing go through all of your hair section by section and clip (or dust) your ends.  This should be done each time you straighten your hair.

9. Curl

Now go back through your hair in bigger sections and put a few big curls.

10. Wrap

The last thing I do when I straighten my hair is I wrap it up ant tie a satin scarf around it. When wrapping your hair you should have two different brushes; a hard bristle paddle brush and a boar bristle brush for shine.

Here is My 3 Step Wrapping Technique

Step 1. Start at the left ear and Brush hair with the Conair Velvet Touch Paddle Hair Brush to the right ear in a clockwise motion

Step 2. Take the Boar Bristle Paddle Hair Brush by Janrely or Boar Bristle Detangling Hair Brush and brush the same section as before

Step 3.  Repeat steps 1 and 2 until all of your hair is wrapped.  Now tie down with a satin scarf and rotate scarf 360० in a clockwise motion!

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Now let the scarf sit for at least 15 minutes; or sleep in it overnight!  Take off the scarf and comb and style with a wide tooth comb. Now you are ready for your day. Go Slay!