I didn’t get my first relaxer until I was 17 years old and a senior in high school, up until then I got my hair pressed when I wanted to wear it straight. I got my hair relaxed regularly (every 6 weeks) until I was 40 years old. I would occasionally cut all my hair off and wear it natural but I kept it very short (twa) teeny weeny afro. Once I decided that I was never going to relax my hair again I developed a routine that worked for me and part of that was having the right tools. Here are the tools that I can’t live without.
The Q-Redew, http://qredew.com is a hand held steamer, I use it to detangle my hair the steam literally melts tangles away and makes detangling a breeze. I also use it with my deep conditioner to add the heat and additional moisture before I add my conditioning cap. The Q-Redew is great when I need to add moisture to my hair without wetting my hair. They have awesome customer service, sales frequently and I have had mine for years.
I use my spray bottles (I have 4) to wet my hair when styling, to refresh my hair and add moisture, to reactivate product on my hair so many uses and they are super cheap. I get mine from Sally’s or Target.
A wide tooth comb is essential for natural hair to detangle, if the teeth are too close together it will cause breakage, split ends and it will probably hurt if you have thick hair like I me (I am very tender headed). A lot of natural hair purist finger detangle only (I am not about that life) tried it and it didn’t work for me. Remember when detangling your hair to start from the ends up, be gentle and take your time.
I always do my hair in sections, cleansing my hair I divide my hair into 7 or 8 sections and use the clips to secure each section, when styling my hair I also divide my hair in sections it saves time and keeps my hair detangled. Clips are super inexpensive and I purchase them from Sally’s.
I rarely put my hair in a pony tail or in a bun but when I do these are gentle on the hair, since they are smooth no snags. I also use hair ties to stretch my hair (natural hair shrinks). I purchased these from Sephora they were under $1 for a ten pack.
The DevaCurl microfiber towel is perfect for curly hair; the towel is super absorbent you can plop your hair (wrapping your hair in a towel to absorb excess water and product) cuts drying time in half for me. The microfiber won’t snag or rough up your hair which causes frizz. The towel is huge if fits all of my hair and there is a loop attached so you can wrap your hair in the towel and it will stay put. I purchased mine from http://www.ulta.com or you can purchase it from http://www.devacurl.com
Cotton will absorb all of the moisture from your hair its important to sleep on a satin pillow case, use a satin scarf and or satin bonnet. I use all three. I will tie my hair up with a satin scarf and put my bonnet on top while sleeping on my satin pillow case; that may seem excessive but if one comes off (which does happen) I have an extra layer of protection. The scarf and bonnet will help preserve your style as well.
Are there things that are apart of your routine that you can’t live without? Do you have a hair care routine?