For any length of hair:
Cotton soaks moisture out of hair and is more abrasive against hair fibres thereby increasing the likelihood of breakage.
A satin cap doesn't have any of these two problems; it provides the best overnight protection for hair.
A must have for locking heat in when you're conditioning your hair. I usually put one of these on, blow dry on top of it and put a scarf over the shower cap to trap the heat in during a deep condition.
SEAMLESS WIDE-TOOTH COMB
It's easier to get a wide-tooth comb through kinky, curly or coily hair without hair breakage.
Some naturals also like the "Denman" brush. I've had one for years but I stopped using it when I went natural; it still has relaxed hair fibres on it! When I'm less obsessed about breakage I might start using it again.
When you've left the TWA (teeny weeny afro) stage you also need:
You need these for most styles. Go for those with round ends so that they don't irritate your scalp.
One more thing to watch out for, when you slip these out you should hold them apart because if they are too close together they have a tendency to snag and break hair fibres.
This is the best side-comb for natural hair that I have ever found but it's so hard to find! The stems don't break when you slip the comb into hair like I have experienced with other combs.
This comb is beginning to look frayed because the top coat is coming off but other than that it's very much intact.
I actually don't have these myself but I'm planning to get some as my hair is now officially medium length.
Hair clamps stop hair that you are not working on from getting in the way during your wash and condition session.
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward
I was a natural hair blogger and mixtress living between London & Chicago from 2012 to 2017. I always thought I was 4C but some say 4B; images below - you decide! Heather xx