While having curly hair is truly a blessing and an honor, the reality is that caring for your curls can definitely be a major pain if you don’t have the right tools at your disposal. Truth be told, our curls can sometimes have a mind of their own. That’s why it’s super important to make sure that you are using the tools best suited to your texture, especially if you have any hopes of taming your mane.
While no one’s curls are the same, there are some universal products that anyone with textured hair can benefit from using. From diffusers and hair wands to conditioning caps and detangling brushes, we’ve rounded up the best hair tools that will help keep your kinks, curls, and coils flourishing.
Ahead, nine of the best textured hair tools on the market.
Glow by Daye Conditioning Heat Cap
If the thought of sitting under a hooded dryer for half an hour sounds less than ideal, it might be time to add this Glow by Daye Conditioning Heat Cap to your hair routine. This cordless, microwaveable cap is made with microfiber cotton and nylon and contains flaxseed that helps with retaining heat. Simply put it in the microwave for a few minutes and wear it as a deep conditioning cap for 30 minutes to an hour, for an even, gentle heat.
Promising review from Glow by Daye: Lisa says, “ I have a lovely hair mask that recommends using heat for deep conditioning and I didn’t get to experience its full potential until getting this cap. It’s easy to use and large enough for my very full head of hair.”
Felicia Leatherwood Detangling Brush
The brainchild of Hollywood’s Natural Hair Guru and celebrity hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood, this wide-handle brush is an absolute must for detangling. Perfect for all hair types, its widely spaced flexi-bristles has the ability to easily glide through your kinks and curls without breaking or damaging your hair strands.
Promising review from Felicia Leatherwood: Taryn says, “This product is so underrated! I used it for the first time today after conditioning my hair and it deserves a 5-star rating! I have dry and sometimes unmanageable coily hair and this brush was my support system. It blows any other detangling tool (that I’ve tried) out of the water. I appreciate products for US and by US.”
DevaCurl DevaTowel Anti-Frizz Microfiber Towel
Keep your curls defined, frizz-free, and intact with this DevaCurl microfiber towel that’s sure to become a wash day favorite. Unlike your average terrycloth towel, this towel has a smooth surface that absorbs just enough water to dry your curls and enhance their shape.
Promising review from Sephora: Meghan says “My hair is wavy but not curly. Before I used this product it was extremely frizzy and made my hair look so heavy and thick. After I used this towel a couple times, my hair has never been smoother. No shampoo or conditioner can come close to the effect of this hair towel. It is amazing and my hair is unbelievably smooth now. Awesome product that does exactly what it is supposed to.”
Bukli Haircare Hydro Flexi Curlers
The secret to achieving flawless, perfectly formed curls on natural hair? Flexi rods! These ones by Bukli Haircare are made from a flexible, breathable foam that absorbs water, oil, and other liquid hair products to hydrate your locks while they curl. Simply twist a section of hair around the curlers, set, and get ready for the best curls of your life!
Machete No.4 Comb in Stromanthe
Besides just being pretty to look at, this small Machete comb serves as an excellent pick for curly and afro hair. Handmade from Italian acetate, this comb is perfect for volumizing your curls and adding some much-needed lift to your locks in between wash days.
Promising review from Machete: Audrey says, “I got this little cutie to keep in my make-up bag for emergencies. I love the blond tortoise colorway and the weight of the comb.”
CurlMix Fine Mister Spray Bottle
Styling your curls will be easier than ever with this CurlMix spray bottle by your side. This refillable, ultra-fine mister is great for refreshing your curls throughout the day without having to soak them or re-wet your entire head. The best part? It sprays continually so you can cover large areas of your hair quickly and easily.
Promising review from CurlMix: Jennifer says, “This spray bottle is way better than the basic one I was using. When I spray, it gives out more in one spray whereas my other bottle I would have to spray multiple times. The coverage is great and it speeds up my hair styling time.”
Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Ionic Straightening Iron
For days when you feel like rocking ultra-straight strands, reach for this Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Straightening Iron to get the job done! It’s extra-long 5-inch titanium plates allow for wider sections of hair to be straightened so you can give your locks a smooth, shiny finish in record time. Not to mention, this flat iron has produced instant heat up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and has vented plates to protect your curls and coils from heat damage.
Promising review from Ulta: Gigi says, “I bought this to do a silk press at home and though I don’t have all my products at the moment, I couldn’t wait so I used what I got in this order to try out the straightening iron. Between the Chi Silk Infusion and this flat iron, my hair went bone straight in the first pass and I tend to have a really hard time getting my hair straight. Very worth the money and I will be recommending it to all my friends and family.”
Pattern Beauty Edge Tool
Whether you prefer swooping your baby hairs or laying them down, you’ll definitely want to make sure that this edge tool by Pattern Beauty is a part of your styling arsenal. Made with strong, vegan bristles, this 3-in-1 brush perfectly works to smooth, comb, or brush your edges without causing any damage to your curls.
Promising review from Pattern Beauty: Amanda says, “I LOVE this tool! I’ve never been good at edges but this totally changed that. Gone are the days of the toothbrush! Thank you for making this little miracle tool!”
Revlon One-Step Paddle Dryer
There’s a reason that literally every Black girl on Youtube raves about the Revlon One-Step Paddle Dryer—this tool is life-changing! With the power of a blow-dryer and the precision of a styler, this hot tool easily dries, smooths, and styles even the tightest of curls and coils. Perfect for all types of natural hair, this dryer is perfect for blowing out an afro or prep your locks for a silk press.
Promising review from Ulta: Janique says, “I used this tool to blow dry my daughter’s hair and it only took 10 mins. Me and my daughter have natural 4C textured hair and it usually takes a long time for us to blow out our hair. The blow dryer took an hour off our hair styling routine!!!!”
Customer reviews have been edited for length and clarity.
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