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10 Best Tools and Accessories for Black Hair

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With all of the tools and accessories you can choose from, how do you know which are the best for black hair? Here's a rundown of gentle items that will make your hair look fantastic while treating it with the TLC it deserves.

1. Wide-Tooth Comb

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While a rat-tail comb is useful for creating nice, neat parts in your hair, wide-tooth combs are what black hair needs for working through tangles.

2. Soft Bristle Brush

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No matter the texture of your hair, soft, natural bristles are better for working natural oils and products through it. Try to choose boar bristle brushes over hard plastic or nylon bristles.

3. Silk or Satin Hair Cover

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For nighttime use, a hair cap/bonnet or even a pillowcase in silk or satin will go a long way toward retaining moisture in your hair.

4. Elastic Hair Accessories

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When you pull your hair back into a ponytail or bun, use elastics that have no metal parts that can catch, pull and break off your hair.

5. No-Teeth Headbands

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Leave those hard plastic headbands with "teeth" on the shelf. With such a huge variety of headbands available today, you can find elastic or soft cloth ones that are gentle on your hair.

6. Hair Clips

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Use them when working on your hair in sections. Plastic clips keep damp or dry hair that you're not currently styling out of the way until you're ready for it.

7. Cheap Plastic Caps

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For deep conditioning, use plastic caps to hold in moisture and retain heat to make the most of the treatment. You can pick up a pack of a dozen or so for cheap!

8. Snag-Free Rubber Bands

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Regular rubber bands are bad for black hair. When you need ends secured, try inexpensive snag-free bands instead.

9. Plastic Hair Pins/Hair Sticks

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Once the bulbs on the ends of metal bobby pins come off, throw them away. If you don't want to deal with those, try tortoiseshell or plastic hair pins or hair sticks instead, which work well for holding up thick and/or long hair.

10. Your Fingers

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Here's a great tool to use on your hair and best of all, it's free! Before you reach for that comb or brush, use your fingers to gently work through tangles. This is especially helpful for natural hair.
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