Curly Haircare 101: Best Curly Hair Tools (with Product Suggestions!)
By Jacqueline Samaroo
The best curly hair tools help you with styling your hair while maintaining its health and strength. They are the kind of tools you reach for and just know they will definitely get the job done, be it detangling, giving you an assist with a steam treatment, or adding volume to limp curls and coils. The best curly hair tools are also the kind you wouldn’t hesitate recommending to all your curlfriends! That’s why we’ve put together this list for you!
Dive in and see which of the tools on our list are already a part of your curly hair toolkit. And, find out which ones you don’t have but definitely need to start thinking about adding. Enjoy!
Six of the best curly hair tools
Check out six of the best curly hair tools you should have as part of your hair care regimen. Of course, our product suggestions aren’t the only great examples of these hair tools for curly hair. If you have a suggestion you would like to share in any of the categories, let us know!
- Detangling brush – Tangle Teezer
- Wide-tooth comb – Paul Mitchell Pro Tools Wide Tooth Comb
- Edge brush/comb – Camryn’s BFF Gentle Edges Brush
- Pick comb – Chicago Comb Model 7 Carbon Fiber Pick Comb
- Hair diffuser – Conair Volumizing Diffuser Hair Dryer Attachment
- Hair steamer – Q-Redew Handheld Hair and Scalp Steamer
1. Detangling brush
Detangling sessions are an integral part of the curly hair life. So, it’s no surprise we kick off our list of the best curly hair tools with the detangling brush. While it is highly unlikely any of us view detangling sessions as fun, they really shouldn’t be tear-jerkers either.
A good detangling brush can spare you, your tresses, and your scalp from the pulling, ripping, and pain you might experience with other brushes.
There are several variations of the Tangle Teezer. The one we feature here is meant specifically for thick, curly, textured hair whether wet or dry. It has strong, long, firm-flex teeth of two different lengths to help it gently and effectively detangle knotty curls.
If this salsa red color isn’t your thing, don’t worry – there are 16 other color options to choose from.
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2. Wide-tooth comb
Wide-tooth combs are gentle on your strands, helping to minimize tangling, split ends, and breakage. That’s all thanks to their wider-spaced teeth and the teeth having a larger diameter than you would find in a regular comb. Both of these characteristics also make it gentler on your scalp. For extra scalp protection, go with a comb that has rounded tips on the teeth.
This comb fits comfortably in your hand as you glide it through your hair. It can be used on either wet or dry hair to detangle without any fuss. The material is smooth, so there is no snagging or tugging as the comb passes through your hair.
Good to know – this comb has antimicrobial properties that protect the comb, helping it to stay in top condition.
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3. Edge brush/comb
No list of hair tools for curly hair could possibly be complete without an edge brush. A slayed hairline can add the perfect finishing touch to any natural hairstyle. You must keep in mind, however, that baby hairs need to be treated with tender, loving care. They are fragile. Over-manipulation will cause them to break much more easily than your other hairs.
You will need an edge brush and/or edge comb that won’t rough them up but will still stimulate the scalp beneath them to promote healthy growth.
This double-sided brush-comb combo has a soft boar bristle brush on one end and a comb for smoothing and defining on the other end. The handle in between the two fits nicely in your hand and allows you to deftly swivel from brush to comb and back again as you style away.
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4. Pick comb
The pick comb has a long hairstyling history. Its use has been traced back to 5,500 – 6,000 years ago in Egypt. Back then, it went beyond hairstyling. It also served as a symbol of status, as well as carried religious meaning.
Fast forward to the present day and the pick comb or afro pick is still one of the best tools for styling kinky and tightly curled hair. Want to add volume to an afro? The pick comb is just the thing to help you do it!
This six-inch-high pick comb works very well to detangle, lift, and add volume to long, thick curly and afro hair. It can be used with all hair types as well as to style big beards. Its carbon fiber material is sturdy and anti-static. The ultra-smooth and rounded tines won’t snag your hair, making combing with this pick a pleasant experience.
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5. Hair diffuser
Protecting your hair regardless of the styling method you choose is what the best curly hair tools are all about. So if you are into heat styling your curly tresses, how can you get big, bouncy hair from your blow dryer while minimizing the chances of heat damage? If you guessed “use a hair diffuser,” you’re absolutely right. Plus, a diffuser will help to prevent frizziness and get your curls dry faster.
Diffusers can be used with all hair types but you have to adjust your technique a bit, depending on your hair type. If you have tighter curls or coily hair, for instance, use a lower heat and speed setting and hold the diffuser further from your hair.
This volumizing diffuser has prongs (fingers) to lift your hair so it dries easily in the diffused air. It fits most hair dryers, especially models made by Conair, so if you have one of those, getting this diffuser is definitely something to consider. Helps to leave curls frizz-free, too.
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6. Hair steamer
Hair steaming helps to hydrate and moisturize your hair and scalp. When used with deep conditioning treatments, it helps the compounds in your deep conditioner to better penetrate your strands for greater effectiveness.
Hair steamers come in various designs from tabletop to handheld and microwaveable models, as well as those that can be used as an attachment for your blow dryer.
Some of the best tools for curly hair are the ones that can do double (or even triple) duty as a part of your haircare routine. Say “Hi” to the Q-Redew! It gives you all the benefits of hair steaming and more. The patented design of this handheld hair steamer also helps it to detangle and stretch your hair. You can use it to refresh and add volume to your curls, too.
Unlike other steamers, this handheld version allows you to tend to specific sections of your hair.
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What do you think are the best curly hair tools for styling and maintenance? Tell us!