By Christi­na of The Mane Objec­tive

Whether relaxed bone straight, 137% nat­u­ral, tran­si­tion­ing, tex­tur­ized, kinky, curly, col­ored or cut, there are some sup­plies every wom­an should have in her hair­care arse­nal. The great news? None of the tools cost over 3 bucks (if you do it the right way). Oh, now you’re excit­ed! Read on…

10. Tattered Rags

Whether they be old tow­els you bleached to king­dom come that one time on acci­dent, or old fad­ed t-shirts from an ex, hav­ing cloths you don’t care about are ben­e­fi­cial to any reg­i­men. From dry­ing hair post-sham­poo, to pro­tect­ing your sink/floor dur­ing a messy hen­na treat­ment, the­se tat­tered rags come in super handy — because you don’t care if they get dirty or dis­col­ored.

9. Plastic Caps/Grocery Bags

Clear plas­tic caps are great for pro­tect­ing a style in the show­er, and hold­ing in mois­ture for a deep or overnight con­di­tion­ing. They are usu­al­ly no more than $2 a pack, and hold up pret­ty well. Cool bonus: recy­cle your plas­tic gro­cery bags! They work just the same as plas­tic caps, if not bet­ter. Just pile your hair in, use the han­dles to tie the bag closed,  and ta-da!

8. Butterfly Clamps/Clips

The­se clips are a life­saver when its time to detan­gle, sep­a­rate, or style hair. They’re cheap (around $4 bucks for a 12 pack on Ama­zon), easy to use, and easy to clean.

7. Banana Clip

Super throw­back, right? I have recent­ly fal­l­en in love with this hair blast from the past all over again. The banana clip has offi­cial­ly replaced my scrunchie for buns, pony­tails, and oth­er styles. They are easy to use, secure hair well with­out ten­sion, and are incred­i­bly ver­sa­tile. Cop yours at Wal-Mart for $3 for a 3-pack or on Ama­zon.

6. Applicator Bottle

Sure, you could use it for its orig­i­nal intend­ed pur­pose; mix­ing and apply­ing hair col­or. It’s also a great tool for mois­tur­iz­ing your scalp. If you tend to get heavy hand­ed with the oils like me, a nar­row tipped appli­ca­tor bot­tle will become your sav­ing grace. It allows for pre­cise appli­ca­tion of oils to your scalp or hair, which is a bonus while rock­ing a straight­ened style (bye bye greasies). Just remem­ber: the hard­er you squeeze the bot­tle, the more your pro­duct comes out!

5. Spray Bottle

Cue the soul glow! Nah, I’m kid­ding. Some­times, prod­ucts come in pack­ages that are more of a pain than pur­pose­ful (like Infu­sium 23 Repair & Renew Leave-In). Or may­be you want to moist­en your hair with water, with­out dunk­ing your head in the sink. Or may­be you think a cer­tain pro­duct is too thick, and you need a way to water it down and dis­sem­i­nate it even­ly through­out your hair. All of the above and more are great uses for the spray bot­tle. Grab yours at Sally’s, Tar­get (in the trav­el sized bot­tle sec­tion) or on Ama­zon for a few pen­nies over $1.

4. Bobby Pins

You can nev­er, ever, EVER have too many bob­by pins. Large, small, col­ored or not, the­se lit­tle fel­las are a life saver. From faux hawk sculpt­ing, to bun secur­ing or just keep­ing my grow­ing out bangs in place, bob­by pins add dimen­sion and vari­ety to any style. I am known to have bob­by pin stash­es in my house, car, work bag, gym bag, and purse if I am car­ry­ing one (I hate purs­es… espe­cial­ly big ones. All they do is allow you to car­ry around unnec­es­sary junk. Tell me I’m lying!). But the point is, bob­by pins are incred­i­bly use­ful and mul­ti­fac­eted.

3. Wide Tooth Comb

Once your hair reach­es an inch long, a wide tooth comb becomes some­what of a sta­ple in your arse­nal. I know, most short hair ladies use rat tail or fine tooth combs. I’m not knock­ing you if you do but, how much of your hair ends up in the sink? At least use a wide tooth comb to prep your hair for what­ev­er you’re doing…before reach­ing for that den­man or rat tail comb. Right now, I’m rolling with my Tar­get spe­cial aka Conair wide tooth comb that hit me for around $3. Ama­zon has $3 wide tooth combs also.

2. Satin Scarf/Bonnet

Do I real­ly need to explain why sleep­ing on any­thing less than sat­in is a bad idea? Didn’t think so.

And theeeee most impor­tant tool of all.….…. Drum­roll, please!

1. A Hair Journal

Huh? What? How is this #1? Let me explain. If you’re any­thing like me, you can’t remem­ber what you wore to work yesterday.…let alone what com­bi­na­tion of prod­ucts and pro­ce­dures you used on your hair last week. So keep a jour­nal. Put an app like col­ornote on your phone, keep a lit­er­al jour­nal, or heck, keep a blog! This blog is just as much for me as it is y’all. The point is for you to record what prod­ucts your hair loved, hat­ed, and every­thing in between. No need in mak­ing the same mis­take twice, or for­get­ting how to do that dope style from two Mon­days ago.

Are there any tools you can’t live with­out?

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and liv­ing in Los Ange­les, Christi­na is BGLH’s res­i­dent tran­si­tion­ing expert and pro­duct junkie. In addi­tion to lov­ing all things hair, she is a fit­ness novice and advo­cate of wear­ing san­dals year-round. For more infor­ma­tion on tran­si­tion­ing, nat­u­ral hair, and her own hair jour­ney, vis­it maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pic­tures fol­low Christi­na on Insta­gram @maneobjective.

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Pecanprincess southernstyle
Pecanprincess southernstyle

Umm­m­m­mm whats a banana clip? Yo no se :(

Inf

google banana clip for a picture…but it’s lit­er­al­ly a curved plas­tic that opens with small combs…kinda like teeth. It was crazy pop­u­lar at one time…and appar­ent­ly com­ing back for some. It’s just anoth­er type of bar­rett. hth!

Pecanprincess southernstyle
Pecanprincess southernstyle

Google!!!! Ugh, how did i for­get about ol trusty??? Lol…thx! Gosh i havent seen one of those in forever!

Vonnie

Don’t for­get the Goody Ouch­less hair bands!!

Eboni

The ONE thing I real­ly don’t do enough of is doc­u­ment my hair jour­ney. I took a few pics here or there with­in my first year being nat­u­ral. How­ev­er I said to myself after 2 years of slack­ing, I need to get it togeth­er and get cre­ative w/documenting my jour­ney, lol. Plus I def­i­nite­ly want to start doing pro­duct reviews.

Hmmm…I feel a blog idea emerg­ing :P

beenawink

I’ve real­ly been slack with record­ing my jour­ney too. Well, not slack, just plain neg­li­gent! I reaa­ly need to get back on track with that. After all, we look at oth­ers’ blogs and videos. Some­one will be inspired by you as well.

BeautyIAM
I almost have all the things list­ed. The most help­ful was the bot­tle appli­ca­tor. I’ve had it for a few months. I love how easy it is to apply my oil mix­ture on my scalp and hair. I had a hair jour­nal a few year back but even­tu­al­ly stopped writ­ing in it. I’m good at keep­ing a men­tal not of what works on my hair and what doesn’t because I’m a min­i­mal­ist when it comes to the prod­ucts I use. I just also want to add that their is noth­ing wrong with doing some­thing that oth­ers don’t do or using prod­ucts that… Read more »
SanJai

I’ve pur­chased about 3 dif­fer­ent spray bot­tles and they all suck!! They “spray” in a straight line drib­bling all over the place. I need one that actu­al­ly sprays…any rec­om­men­da­tions?

skateness

Try a spray bot­tle with a round twist noz­zle cap that you can loosen and tight­en. Its impor­tant to have a sprayer with a nice force­ful mist spray. Its also good to have that straight stream sprayer when you want to get oil/water mix­tures direct­ly to the scalp. I keep both types of spray bot­tles handy for my wash and go and mois­tur­iz­ing needs.

mangomadness

I got a real­ly nice spray bot­tle from Dol­lar Tree. It’s con­i­cal in shape and sprays a fine mist.

Pecanprincess southernstyle
Pecanprincess southernstyle

I got mine from the 99 cent store…it works real­ly well…try there…

Inf

Tar­gets dol­lar bin spray bot­tle is inter­est­ing and may be what you want. The bot­tle is curved and the sprayer is angled. I haven’t had the drip­pling thing hap­pen yet. Sally’s is always a good place to try stuff out. Buy a few dif­fer­ent types, keep the receipt and take back what you don’t like.

Inf

ohh.…maybe try clos­ing the knob on the spray, or open­ing it more…that may help the way its spray­ing

B

C0-sign­ing on Tar­gets spray bot­tle, its angle so it fits com­fort­able in your hair and it sprays not drips.

B

I actu­al­ly use the Goody Ouch­less bar­ret­te instead the the but­ter­fly clips, they are eas­ier to use and it does­nt tan­gle or trap my hair in the teeth! And Wal­greens recent­ly had them buy 2 for $2 with a $2 dol­lar reg­is­ter reward = free!

Inf

I love them…just bought my first one the oth­er day. I like that it holds secure, but you feel absolute­ly no pulling or ten­sion. I need more col­ors and sizes imme­di­ate­ly!!!! I

B

Exact­ly!!

AnonyChick

A jour­nal though? Real­ly?? Nat­u­rals are doing way too much. It’s not that seri­ous. o_O

Annie L.

Peo­ple keep food jour­nals to track nutri­tion gains and fit­ness jour­nals to track weight, and even jour­nal their men­stru­al cycles all in the name of con­sci­en­tious liv­ing.

Why not a jour­nal to track the health of your hair too; how it responds to pro­duct and styling and how best to spend your hard-earned mon­ey?

LBell

Co-sign. Jour­nals are an espe­cial­ly good idea for nat­u­rals who are just get­ting start­ed on the road to salon inde­pen­dence. I think pho­to jour­nals are good as well for doc­u­ment­ing par­tic­u­lar styles as well as INFREQUENT length checks (every 6 months to a year IMO; YMMV).

Once you get the hang of your hair, jour­nal­ing becomes less impor­tant IMO.

AfroKisses

I nev­er real­ly thought of it as a jour­nal but I have basi­cal­ly kept one. I love look­ing back and revis­it­ing styles that I’d nev­er be able to recre­ate oth­er­wise!

BeautyIAM

I like your exam­ples. I agree that a hair jour­nal could be ben­e­fi­cial for many because you can keep track of what you’re doing.

Why is that a dif­fi­cult con­cept to under­stand Anoy­chick?

Inf

Yeah… why not? Some peo­ple need to record things to remem­ber. It’s a great way to keep track of what pro­duct com­bi­na­tions work best togeth­er. Don’t knock it til you try it.

Roger THAT

OK, I am MAD at Snoops purse. lol

Lorraine

You’re just mad at the purse? I’m mad at the whole image. Lol.

Inf

I was soooo hop­ing he was hold­ing that for his wife…or whomev­er and got caught by a cam­era.

I can see him with a bon­net though…lol. He’s nutz enough to do it.

Annie L.

Now you know that’s his murse :)

Jordan

I kin­da sor­ta agree with every­thing here. I wouldn’t say I have a “hair jour­nal” per se. When it comes to styles I like online, I like the web­page && have a hair fold­er. As for YouTube I have liked tooo many videos that are favorit­ed && for myself I just take pics & store them. 

Bob­by Pins OMG. you can nev­er have enough of them!!

J

It isn’t a tool but more of a mind­set : PATIENCE. :) My oth­er one is a cute head­band.

Camille

I used to use but­ter­fly clips, but they break too quick­ly. I like the croc clips from Sallys. They hold more hair more secure­ly. They cost more but you don’t have to replace them as often.

Inf

Every­thing on the list plus what the ladies before me have stat­ed. I use my phone for the cam­era and jour­nal. I’d add head­bands or scarves…some days your hair just won’t act right. They may not be nec­es­sary for styling or detangling…but a cute head­band or a scarf twist­ed in the right way might keep you from grab­bing the clip­pers and shav­ing your hair off!!!

Faye

I have start­ed an online jour­nal on Pin­ter­est! http://pinterest.com/thatnydymepiece/my-hair-journey/ This way, I know how to style my hair and what I have done! I need to start adding dates to the styles tho…

LM

Amen to that! lol

Alice

I would like to add a good mir­ror and a pair of hair scissors/shears to this list! I think the mir­ror is obvi­ous (admire your awe­some self!) but the scis­sors are essen­tial because they keep me from rip­ping stub­born knots out! Now I can just cut the offend­ing ball :)

Alice
Alice in Nap­py­land

Leslie

A cam­era is a must, and 2 mir­rors. Need to see what’s hap­pen­ing in the back. I didn’t realise how impor­tant a jour­nal was until i start­ed using one.

Curly Hair Extensions

I think so, and I think you can write a more detailed arti­cle, I will fol­low you!

luvmylocs

you’re right about the cam­era and the mir­rors. i start­ed locs again in nov, this time sis­ter­locks and i’ve real­ly enjoyed tak­ing pics of my pro­gress. i record what prod­ucts i like. i’ve writ­ten a cou­ple of essays for my per­son­al records but the pho­to­jour­nal with my sis­ter­locks has been real­ly fun for me.

Bernadette

This list pret­ty much sums up my tool belt!
I used to use spray and appli­ca­tor bot­tles, but have since aban­doned those. I could nev­er real­ly get hip to using them. 

Anoth­er tool I would add to the list are my hair SCISSORS!! I take those bad boys every­where when I’m doing my hair — in the show­er, detan­gling ses­sions, and on the couch when twist­ing up my hair.

Zara

+1 on the hair scis­sors! Mine go every­where as well.

Keisha's Friend

How do you become a style icon????????

The Natural Haven

I think you should email blackgirllonghair@gmail.com with style icon as the sub­ject

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