Monday, October 1, 2012

natural starter kit, part one: tools

Considering going natural and want to know the basic tools and products you'll need just to get started? This kits for you! Beginning a natural hair journey can be daunting, there are so many different products and things to learn it can be hard to know where to start. In my natural starter kit series I'll go over the basic items I think every natural should have at the beginning of her journey. You'll build on these items as you continue on and learn what works best for you. So let get started with the five tools you'll need in your starter kit.

1. Spray bottle. Water is your new best friend, and a great spray bottle is its perfect companion.

2. Wide tooth comb. You'll use it to detangle and help evenly distribute product through your strands. Make sure those teeth are wide enough for your curls to slide through without getting stuck.

3. Scarf. This handy tool serves two very important purposes. The first, preserving your hair at night. Cotton pillow cases can be cute, but they suck the moisture out of your hair, and the friction can cause breakage. So wrap your hair in your favorite silk or satin scarf to avoid that damage. Also for girls who love smooth edges your scarf can be used to give that sleek look without harsh brushes. Using your favorite gel and the palm of your hand, smooth back your hair and tie it down with your scarf and allow to set for at least 15 minutes and you'll be good to go!

4. Clamps. From detangling before you shampoo, to putting your hair in sections while styling, claw clamps will help keep the hair you're not working on at the moment tucked securely out of the way. These lil clamps are going to make life a lot easier for you!

5. Bobby pins/Hair Pins. When selecting your bobby pins you want to make sure they're sturdy and well made. You don't want the coating to peel off or the tips to come off. Bobby pins are going to best kept styling secret. When your hair is short, rather than putting tension on your hair to try to get it into a ponytail holder use bobby pins to help secure your hair in place.

Splurge. While all of the times on this list can be purchased inexpensively, I recommend you splurge on your bobby pins. You want to make sure these are great quality, so skip past the dollar bobby pins and pay a little bit more, it'll be worth it in the long run!

Save. As for your spray bottle, this is where you can save, check out your local dollar store, or repurpose a spray bottle from product you've already used up. Just rinse it out well, and recycle!

In part two of our starter kit we'll go over the five PRODUCTS every natural starter kit should include!

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