Taking care of your little one’s natural hair doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming… as long as you have the right tools. Check out the following items that you may want to consider adding to your hair arsenal if you haven’t already.
Tools You'll Need for Detangling
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A Wide-tooth Comb
*Tip: Never use a regular (boar bristle) brush to detangle. (Some naturals elect not to use brushes at all in their hair care regimen.)
A Spray Bottle
*Tip: Hair detangles easiest when damp and saturated with a “slick” conditioner. Create a cocktail of water and conditioner in your water bottle and use during your detangling process.
A Denman Brush
*Tip: This brush is completely optional but I felt worth a mention given that many curlies swear by this tool. Its nylon bristles have been known to make detangling a whole lot easier and are great at distributing product.
A Tangle Teezer
*Tip: This is also an optional tool, but many in the natural community swear that it detangles just as good as finger detangling; and it feels great on the scalp to boot.
Tools You'll Need for Conditioning
Disposable Plastic Caps
*Tip: Plastic processing caps will be invaluable in you and your child’s natural hair journey. You’ll use them for pre-pooing and deep conditioning regularly so stock up. (Of course, if you’re out of processing caps you can always use a grocery bag.)
Avocado and Bananas
*Tip: As an alternative to a harsh store bought deep conditioner you may opt to create your own deep conditioning treatments for your little one until they get a little older. Bananas and avocados are at the route of some fantastic deep conditioning treatments, so have some of these on hand. (They’re great to include in a healthy diet as well which also helps hair grow.)
*Tip: Applicator bottles are perfect for applying homemade conditioners, oil mixtures, or other cleansing products.
Tools You'll Need for Washing and Drying
*Tip: Little to no heat is best when it comes to taking care of your little one’s natural hair; but when you’re doing a conditioning treatment on your little one’s hair, a hooded dryer can be your best friend. Use heat during conditioning to help product penetrate the hair shaft.
Plastic Hair Clips
*Tip: You’ll find that plastic hair clips will become indispensable. Use them during your conditioning and washing process to keep hair sectioned. Conditioning and washing hair in sections keeps hair from knotting and tangling.
Microfiber Hair Towel
*Tip: Regular bath towels have the potential to pull and break hair strands and create frizzies. Purchasing a microfiber towel is a great investment when it comes to drying your little one’s hair.
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