Styling Tools and Must Haves For Black Hair Care

Edit: This list has been written with relaxed hair in mind. For a natural hair focused list please click here.

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In your journey to healthy long hair your will more than likely require styling tools. Some tools are absolute must-haves for the continued health of your hair but many are just optional great tools that can be purchased as and when they are required.


Wide tooth combWide tooth comb – This is the holy grail of black hair care whether natural or relaxed. The wide tooth comb should be used for any detangling to avoid excessive hair breakage.

Desktop hood dryer

Hooded dryer or soft bonnet dryer – This is one of the most essential styling tools for healthy relaxed or natural hair. Let your wallet dictate whether you choose a hooded dryer or a soft bonnet one. They are similar in their use but you will find that hooded dryers will dry the hair faster. Soft bonnet dryers are excellent as they are inexpensive.

They dry the hair in a reasonable amount of time and they can easily be put away into a drawer when they are not being used. You would choose a hooded dryer over a blow dryer as the intensity of the heat is not as much.

Where a blow dryer will concentrate the heat in one section of hair, the hooded or soft bonnet dryer will provide constant even heat through the hair minimizing the risk of heat damage.

Hooded dryers/soft bonnet dryers coupled with large rollers can be used for straight styles in relaxed hair or natural hair with a loose curl pattern. They are also a great heat reduced way to stretch out tightly curled natural hair in preparation for flat ironing.

Do not get the plastic bonnet attachment that is used with a blow dryer. They do not last very long and the results are never good. A good hooded/soft bonnet dryer can be quite inexpensive and will last longer!

Hair rollers

Rollers – These can be used to roll the hair and air dry or coupled with the hooded/soft bonnet dryer for sets.

Duck bill clip

Duck bill clips – With application of products or when generally styling the hair is it always best to work in sections. The purpose of the duck bill clips is to hold hair away from the section that you are currently working on. Some also use them to part the hair!

Other Styling Tools

Although these are not necessary to the health of your hair, they may also be needed for convenience or special occasions when you want a particular look.

Small tooth comb

Any small tooth comb – It is not advisable to use small tooth combs for regular detangling or general styling purposes but some prefer to use it when flat ironing. Make sure that the hair is completely detangled before attempting to use a small tooth comb to avoid breakage.

Blow dryer

Blow dryer or Heat styler – Choose a blow dryer which is ionic with more than 1 heat setting. An ionic blow dryer will dry your hair in about half the time using less heat.

The technology behind it is that whilst blow drying millions of charged particles are delivered with the warm hair. These particles break down the water molecules into 1/50 of their normal size hence they are absorbed into the hair easier.

These molecules are then sealed into your hair leaving it softer and shinier. A blow dryer or heat styler with a comb attachment is easier to use than the ‘blow dryer and brush’ method. Blow dryers with the pik are quite awkward to use and it is difficult to get your hair straight enough to avoid flat ironing afterwards.

Flat iron

Flat Iron (Straightener) – When choosing a flat iron there are number of things to consider. Cheap irons may work just as well as the expensive kind but the damage they will do to your hair will be irreparable.

Black hair, whether natural or relaxed does not agree with a lot of heat so a temperature control on the tool is an absolute must. A ceramic (not ceramic coated) or tourmaline flat iron will be best.

The ceramic ensures that heat is distributed evenly on the hair and tourmaline is a natural source of negative ions so will leave the hair silky and moisturized.

Curling iron

Curling Iron – If you have a good flat iron you will eliminate the need for a curling iron as most of them have curved edges that allow you to curl the hair as you straighten. However, if you want to get one ensure it is ceramic.


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About Alma

Hi! I'm Alma Ruddock, a full time blogger. I stumbled on a hair care forum in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair forever!. I started as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to bring new information about hair on both this website and my personal blog.

  • Mel Stevens

    I think a must-have for really curly, and thick, hair is the karmin g3 straightener. I have 3B hair and it leaves it pin-straight and shiny!

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