Hair Tools for Your Natural Hair
By Erma W.
A major part of caring for our natural hair involves the tools that we use to style it. Using unfriendly hair tools may damage our strands (split and/or thin strands, broken hair, etc.). We have several options for tools to use on our hair, so the selection process can be overwhelming. The most important point to remember is to choose the tool that is best for our individual heads of hair. Let us explore our hair tool choices.
1. Twisting comb: The function of the twisting comb is true to its name: it is a comb that is used to twist the hair. Due to its design (skinny with minimal space between the teeth), twisting combs are great for anyone with a teeny weeny afro. Just apply a dab of your favorite styling product to the section that you want to style and start twisting with the comb.
2. Denman brush: Many people have a love/hate relationship with the Denman brush. Those who love it praise its detangling skills, curl-clumping action, and ability to be modified (some of the rows can be removed). The people who are less than fond of the popular brush dislike the way it rips the hair. These same compliments and complaints have been assigned to the Tangle Teezer. There are plenty of reviews on the Denman brush and Tangle Teezer, so check them out and pick a position.
3. Wide-tooth combs: Wide-tooth combs, which are also referred to as shower combs, are perhaps the most popular styling tools for the hair. They are used to comb the hair in and out of the shower for detangling and styling purposes. Their wide teeth make them a major attraction, but the combs with seams can rip your hair. If you are interested in a wide-toothed comb without seams, I highly recommend the Hercules Sagemann combs. They come in all different sizes, they detangle without ripping the hair, and they are very durable (I've dropped mine in the shower several times, and it has no hint of a scratch or break on it.).
4. Your fingers: What's free to use and always accessible? Your fingers! While it may be cumbersome to rake your fingers through a wet head full of conditioner, it can be done. Finger-detangling is also excellent for anyone who detangles dry hair with conditioner and/or oil. If you'd like to explore this option, flex your fingers and start combing!
Do you already use one or more of these options? Let us know which hair tool you use to caress your tresses.