Natural Hair

13 Must Have Tools for Your Natural Hair Journey

April 23, 2019

When I started my journey, there were so many products and tools for natural hair that people recommended. I had no clue where to begin! I started with the basics, however, over time I’ve found tools I felt were necessary for anyone’s journey.

These tools for your natural hair are essential to make your wash days and maintaining your styles easier. Of course, you may not need all of the tools mentioned in this post, however, choosing a few of them will be a great start for your journey!

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Tools for Natural Hair

Wide Tooth Comb

A widetooth comb has been in my product stash since my relaxer days. It has always helped me detangle without causing excessive breakage.

The spaces in this comb will allow you to move through your hair without ripping out your ends.

Thermal Cap

A Thermal Cap is another great tool for your natural hair. It’s convenient because all you have to do is pop it in the microwave and then wear it until the end of your deep conditioning session.

Adding heat to your deep conditioners will help the nourishing ingredients penetrate your strands better.

You can purchase microwavable caps at Thermal Hair Care!

Related Post: 10 of the Best Deep Conditioners for High Porosity Hair

Flairosol Bottle

Investing in this bottle has changed my regimen for the better!

In the beginning, I was using pump bottles to spray my hair, and my hands used to get tired from saturating my hair while styling.

This bottle provides a continuous mist and is easier to use. It’s also beneficial when you have to refresh your hair without drenching it.

One thing I enjoy about this bottle is the fact that I can add my own DIY moisturizers to it.

Detangling Brush

Must have tools for natural hair - Felicla Leatherwood Detangling Brush

One of my favorite tools for natural hair is the Felicia Leatherwood Detangling Brush. I bought this a while ago and it’s probably one of the best tools I have in my product stash.

Detangling is something I’m pretty sure every natural can’t stand. You want to ensure you’re able to detangle easily and faster on wash days because I mean, who has the time?

This brush does an amazing job at removing tangles and it defines your curls. You want to use this with a product that has plenty of slip! I finger detangle prior to using this to make sure I won’t rip my hair out.

You can purchase a Detangling Brush here. They have different colors to choose from and shipping is pretty fast!

Related Post: Make Detangling Easy and Get Your Life Back!

Rat Tail Comb

I used to be against using a small tooth comb when I returned natural, however, they are useful! If you need to part your hair neatly, then this is the perfect tool to use.

I love using this comb to detangle the ends of my hair while doing a twist or braid out. I wouldn’t go as far as using it to detangle sections of my hair though!

Alligator Clips

I’ve tried using regular clips on my hair after my big chop, and they were perfect! However, once my hair started to grow longer and thicker, I needed something that would hold my hair in place without breaking. That’s when I found out about Alligator Clips.

These clips make sectioning your hair easier and it’ll help you to focus on one section at a time without strands getting in the way. If you have a hard time finding clips to hold your hair or they’re always breaking, then this is a great tool for your natural hair to invest in.

Snappee Hair Ties

Snappee Hair Ties in black

These have been a lifesaver when it comes to wearing a high puff. I used to have the regular “ouchless” hair ties, however, they were always too tight! I found out about Snappee Hair Ties through Instagram and knew I had to try them. You’ll have the perfect high puff that won’t cause any tension or headaches.

Whenever I wear this, it doesn’t feel like I have anything in my hair, which is a good thing. You can go through your day with a comfortable style! When you’re ready to remove them, I do recommend taking your time so it won’t get caught in your hair and lead to breakage.

You can check out their website here.


Investing in a diffuser was perfect for the colder months when I wanted to achieve a wash and go. A diffuser can be used to dry your hair faster, cut down on shrinkage, provide volume, and definition for your curls.

You can purchase this diffuser off of Amazon below, which is where I ordered mine. The blow dryer comes with the diffuser attachment and has different heat settings to choose from.

Applicator Bottle

An applicator bottle is a perfect tool for natural hair when it comes to doing hot oil treatments, pre-pooing, or simply adding oil to your scalp. I love the bottles with the skinny tips because it’s easier to reach my scalp that way. These are affordable and I always keep a backup just in case!

Bobby Pins

Bobby pins can be used to hold flyaway hair in place and accessorize a natural hairstyle if you want to add more spice to it! Check out my curl friends below and see how they used bobby pins for their styles!

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Satin Bonnet/Pillowcase

Wearing a satin bonnet or sleeping on a satin pillowcase will ensure your natural hair is protected every night. When you sleep on cotton, you risk losing moisture and your hair will be prone to breakage and split-ends.

Satin will keep the moisture in your hair, minimize unwanted frizz, and ensure your curls stay intact. I love wearing bonnets, however, a pillowcase will provide the same benefits!

Here are a couple of brands to purchase quality satin bonnets from. I recently had one custom made with my blog logo and it turned out beautiful. (Pictured above)

Hair Pick

Another tool for natural hair if you’re looking for volume is a hair pick. There are two different types to choose from: Plastic or Metal. I’ve tried both and from my experience, I prefer plastic.

A plastic pick is more comfortable to use and you won’t have to worry about stabbing your scalp on accident (this has happened so many times, I was fed up with it).

You can add volume to your styles by focusing the hair pick on your roots. The last thing you want is to lose the definition you achieved and cause frizz. A hair pick will help you achieve the big, voluminous hair you’re looking for!


The last tool I recommend for your natural hair journey is a pair of shears. If you want to trim your hair at home or ‘dust’ your ends, it’s important to invest in good-quality shears.

Using household scissors won’t give you the perfect cut you’re looking for. Shears are sharperand will provide a precise cut. I purchased my shears from Amazon and they work great for me! You can find them below:

These tools have been helpful for me so far on this journey. You don’t have to purchase all of these at once, however, it’s good to have them on your list for the future. Using the best tools for your natural hair will ensure maintaining your curls will be easier!

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  • Reply Consy April 23, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Great post as per usual. I have most of these tools too! I do need a new bonnet so I will check those out.

    Thanks again for the feature sis!

    • Reply Madisen April 23, 2019 at 1:48 pm

      Thank you for reading sis! And yes definitely check those bonnets out and keep me updated! And you’re welcome!

  • Reply KraziiCurls April 23, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    I love this post! I definitely have each of these and they are truly essential to my every day hair routine. Thank you for posting!!

    • Reply Madisen April 23, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you for reading boo! Yess I don’t know what I would do without these hair tools to be honest!

  • Reply BRITTNEY April 23, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Great post sis! I have most of these tools. I slowly started investing in them after taking my natural hair journey seriously. I CANNOT go without my rat tail comb (because I’m always doing different styles) or my RayneStorm bonnet (so easy to just plop on at night), but I do want to check out those Snappee hair ties!

    • Reply Madisen April 23, 2019 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you sis! ♥️ And yes rat tail combs are very helpful 🙌🏽 You always do the cutest styles! But yes check out the snappee’s. They are amazing!

  • Reply Denise April 23, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Definitely agree. I can’t live without my protective hair bonnet. If I sleep without it I just wake up to a huge frizzball. It’s a must if you want long lasting wash and gos.

    • Reply Madisen April 23, 2019 at 7:25 pm

      Yes, that’s true! Wearing a bonnet every night definitely helps my styles last longer!

  • Reply Amanda April 23, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    This list is soooo accurate! Couldn’t have done it without so many of these items. My dog recently chewed my thermal cap so I need to get a new one ASAP lol
    Great post sis ❤️

    • Reply Madisen April 23, 2019 at 7:26 pm

      Oh no! Lol, that’s terrible!! I would have to put my dog in timeout for a long time lol. Thank you for reading sis!

  • Reply Mary Maxine April 23, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Great post Maddy!
    You mentioned a ton of my favorite hair tools.

    Some of my favorite hair tools include:
    Bobby Pins
    Satin Pillow Case/ Scarf
    Hair Jewelry
    Hair Clips
    Flarisol Spray Bottle
    and the
    Felecia Leatherwood Brush!

    • Reply Madisen April 23, 2019 at 7:26 pm

      Thank you for reading boo! And yesssss pretty much the entire list (almost) lol.

  • Reply Bennetta Spann April 23, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    This is some great info. I wish I knew these things before when I first started my journey years ago. I definitely want to try the detangling brush.

    • Reply Madisen April 23, 2019 at 11:24 pm

      Thank you sis! Yes the detangling brush works really well and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. Let me know when you do try it!

  • Reply Colette April 23, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Nice list Madisen! I would add that shampoo brush that you use to massage your scalp or any tool that does that. Puff Cuff has 2 nice looking ones on their site.

    I have the flairosol bottle, satin bonnet and snapees. Applicator bottle, bobby pins and the rat tail comb are a nice touch too!

    • Reply Madisen April 23, 2019 at 11:25 pm

      Thanks for reading! ♥️ I’ve never tried the Puff Cuff because I heard it doesn’t work well for thicker hair. So I’ve been sticking with my Snappee’s!

  • Reply Derecka April 24, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Very helpful post! I love my wide tooth comb and detangling brush. I need to get a thermal cap.

    • Reply Madisen April 24, 2019 at 6:32 pm

      Thank you for reading sis! And yesss you’ll love it!

  • Reply Linda April 25, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Love your recommendations! I will be sharing this with some of my curl friends too!

    • Reply Madisen April 25, 2019 at 11:10 pm

      Thank you for reading boo! And I appreciate you for sharing!

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