If you’ve ever tried to assemble anything from Ikea you know that it’s pretty much impossible to do without the right tools (hello 900 types of Allen keys).
Working with curly hair is pretty much the same situation.
If you don’t have the right tools in your arsenal, you’re gonna struggle, a lot. But luckily, you’ve found your way to this blog post, so now, you don’t have to. We’ve made you a list of the best hair styling tools for curly hair, the best tools for sleeping, and the best tools for drying your hair (without damage!). So strap in, and maybe open up an online shopping cart.
Top tools for wearing curly hair up
When we start talking about the best styling tools for curly hair, we don’t mean curling irons or straighteners, since damaging heat is a no-no for healthy curls. Instead, try some hair styling tools for curly hair on the go, to get your hair up off your neck in a flash.
If you’re not wearing your hair straight, you should not have a tight hair tie on your wrist. We’re all guilty. We all carry 3 on our wrists at any given time, I know. But these ties, especially the ones with metal, are super tough on hair. When you pull them out breakage is inevitable.
Instead opt for a bungee tie.
^ This thing. It’s like your beloved wrist tie, but it’s open, and features two little metal claws on the end. If you were going to put your hair in a ponytail, you just hook in one of the claws, wrap the other end around your ponytail until it’s secure, then hook in the other claw. Your hair is up, and when you remove it, you simply unhook it, rather than dragging the tie out of your head. Trust me, your curls will thank you.
Now, let’s talk hair clips. Everyone has seen those claw clips. The big ones totally work. Want to know what works better and doesn’t take up half your purse? 80’s Banana Clips.
They look like this ^
They’re super thin, so they’re easy to stash in a clutch. But they’re also pretty magical. Disclaimer: I have a ton of hair. My curls hit my lower back. But I can get all my hair up, off of my neck, with one banana clip, and it looks like I have a massively long ponytail when I do. Get one, you’ll be happy about it.
Top tool for sleeping with curly hair
If you haven’t checked out our post on how to sleep with curly hair, get on that immediately.
Then, buy yourself a silk pillowcase.
I’m a devoted pineapple-r. But I toss and turn like the entire cast of Monsters Inc lives under my bed. The only thing that saves my curls is a silk pillowcase.
Why does it make such a difference? Traditional cotton or synthetic sheets wick away moisture and dry your curls out. The fibers in silk are gentle, they don’t rough up the cuticle. In short, they’re a gentle cushion for your curls. Invest in one. You’ll feel like a queen when you sleep, and your hair will thank you.
Top tools for drying curly hair
If you invest in nothing else, for the love of your hair, get a microfiber towel, like the DevaTowel. Even if you don’t have curly hair, you should have this. Even if you’re bald, you should probably have this.
Traditional terrycloth towels may feel soft, but the truth is they’re rough on hair. They disturb the cuticle and can cause serious frizz.
Microfiber towels, on the other hand, are gentle. They take out excess moisture without disturbing your curls. If you make the switch, you’ll notice a difference.
The last, but certainly not least tool you have to have? A diffuser.
Try drying your hair without one, I dare you. You will look like you got electrocuted. Well, at least I do. Maybe you’ll have better luck.
The traditional curly hair diffuser has a bowl shape, that lets you cup the curls and gently encourage them by lifting it in a vertical motion. It’s great for encouraging your texture, but bowl diffusers have one tiny problem – they really can’t get to your roots, aka the part that takes the longest to dry.
Enter the DevaFuser, shaped like a hand and designed to provide 360-degree air flow, it easily cradles against the scalp and can help dry curls at the roots. Plus, it’s great for encouraging extra volume and lift at the roots.
Which of these curly hair tools is your favorite? Or do you have another tool that you can’t live without? Share with us in the comments below!