Happy Wednesday, Pals!
I have had natural hair for about 4 years now, and when I say natural, I mean that my hair hasn't been chemically straightened. It's been work to find tools and products that work for me and don't damage my hair, but I feel like I'm finally on the right track.
The first step is finding shampoo and conditioner that works for you. I have been using Shea Moisture products for about two years, and I love them! I was using them for curly styling, but I now straighten my hair using heat, so I wanted to switch to products that would give me more moisture. This conditioner really does add more moisture to my hair, making it easier to style once it dries.
The shampoo is from Function of Beauty. They are a company that allows you to order custom shampoo and conditioner based on your hair type and needs. I have 4C extremely course and dry hair, so I need all of the moisture I can get. I've only been using this shampoo for a couple of months, but I love it so far! Plus, it's sulfate-free :-)
Whenever I wanted to heat style my hair, I would always blow dry it before flat ironing or curling. However, with the blow dryer I used before, it would take me HOURS (seriously) to get my hair dry. My hair stylist told me to get a blow dryer with a comb attachment, and that was the best hair advice anyone has EVER given me. It cut my blow dry time is half, plus I can comb through my hair as I dry it, killing two birds with one stone! I got this off of Amazon for about $20. If you're a curly girl who likes to heat style, invest in one of these. You won't be sorry.
The next thing my stylist told me was to invest in a good, quality flat iron. I had previously been using a cheap one by Remington, and it was frying the ends of my hair and doing a poor job of straightening altogether. Then I received this Croc flat iron as a gift, and it has seriously made a night and day difference. It has four heat settings, and an automatic shut-off after an hour. The hand is ergonomically made, so it's comfortable to hold it your hand for long periods of time. Buying the right QUALITY heat tools makes all the difference, ladies. Flat Ironing Pro Tip: Only do two passes AT THE MOST over your hair to avoid serious heat damage.
Finally, invest in good styling products. This Shea Moisture Intensive Hydration Complex is amazing. It has made my hair incredibly shiny, and has cut down on the amount of dandruff my scalp produces. Bonus, it smells like Heaven! I add a few drops over my scalp a couple of times week to help with moisture.
We all know we have to take care of our edges, so I just use an alcohol-free gel and a toothbrush to smooth out my edges after I'm done styling. I also make sure to use a wide-tooth comb when combing through my whole head. Brushes and small-tooth combs can add to breakage, so I only use a rat-tail comb when flat ironing. Any other time I comb through my hair, it's with a wide-tooth or a pick.
There you have it, my favorite products and tools for styling my natural hair! What tools and products you guys use? I'd love to know!
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