Plastic caps are one of the best ways to deep condition your hair. You can put one on underneath a headscarf or even a beanie to condition your hair while you run errands or go to class! They can be found at your local beauty supply store, and are often fairly cheap.
2. Duck clips
Natural hair has the tendency to shrink and get tangled. That is why it is often recommended to wash or style your natural hair in sections. Duck clips are a great way to keep your hair separated, out of the way, and tangle free. They can also be found at your beauty supply store for $1-3 (adjust for UK prices?).
3. Plastic bottles
One of our earlier posts mentioned that this is an important item to have, and we’ll say it again! The small tips on plastic bottles make it easy to distribute oils and shampoo to your roots, and keep your bathroom clean. Plus, you can label them with a marker to keep your products organized. These can be found almost anywhere!
4. A detangling conditioner
Whether you’re newly natural, or transitioning, at some point, you will need a good detangling conditioner with a lot of slip. If you are still transitioning, eventually your relaxed hair will start growing out, and you will need to keep the delicate natural roots detangled. If you are newly natural, it is important to keep your new growth healthy and moisturized. The conditioner you use depends on your hair type.
5. A thicker, deep conditioner
This is non-negotiable for new naturals and transitioners alike: the key to having healthy, happy, moisturized natural hair is to deep condition regularly. Deep conditioners are thicker than detangling conditioners, and are often filled with good-for-you ingredients like shea butter. It is important to remember to set aside 20-30 minutes after washing your hair to deep condition your strands.
6. A cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel
You should not use a bath towel to dry your natural hair. The fibers are much too rough for curly and coily strands. Instead, invest in a few cotton t-shirts and use them to squeeze the water out of your hair after washing. Cotton is much softer and will not deplete your hair of moisture, leaving it soft and ready to style. Microfiber towels are also a great way to decrease frizz.
There are most items to add to this list, but these are the top six everyone should have, whether your hair is curly, coily, or kinky!