These 8 Trusty Hair Tools Are Must-Haves for Curly Hair
Consider them your best curlfriends.
From S-shaped and beach waves to tightly woven and corkscrew ringlets, curly hair can take a lot of time—and maintenance—to handle. As effective as your shampoo/conditioner combo may be, it's important to have the right tools in order to really showcase what your curls can do. Below, we’ve compiled the best diffusers, heat wands, texturizers, and dryers to keep your curls looking their best.
Conair InfinitiPro By Conair Natural Texturizer
Conair’s newest is a patent-pending, multi-chambered design that uses circulating airflow to surround your hair and dry it faster. While traditional diffusers push air straight out, causing strands to swirl, the 600 Texture Diffuser redirects air toward the bottom of the “bowl,” where it is slowly released. Ionic technology helps eliminate frizz, while ceramic technology with infrared heat causes less damage.
To buy: $50, ulta.com.
DevaCurl DevaTowel Anti-Frizz Microfiber Towel
Coarse cotton towels can spark too much friction and turn your curly hair into a frizzy catastrophe. Instead, try a microfiber hair towel, which has a smooth surface to absorb water quickly and set your curls on the right path for styling.
To buy: $20, ulta.com.
Q Redew Handheld Hair Steamer
Designed to deep condition, detangle, and reshape the hair in just a few minutes, hair steamers work by using steam to penetrate into your strands. The process takes about 15 to 30 minutes and couldn’t be more simple: Just pop it open, add some water, and let her rip. It’s like a spa night and salon styling in one.
To buy: $78, qredew.com.
Mason Pearson Rake Comb
If you want to gently detangle your hair without breakage, opt for a wide-tooth comb over a detangling brush. These thick styling combs are ideal for use on coarse, textured hair. The Mason Pearson Rake Comb is a bit pricier than others, but this hand-crafted version features tapered teeth and rounded tips to glide easily through the hair. Pro tip: Try combing your hair in the shower—the “slip” of the conditioner reduces the risk of creating more breakage and frizz.
To buy: $37, dermstore.com.
Revair Reverse-Air Dryer
It looks kind of crazy, but before you get scared away by the hefty price tag, hear me out. If you like to straighten your hair every day, this whopper could save you a whole lot of time, energy, and damage. RevAir uses a ‘Reverse-Air’ process, meaning the dryer keeps all the warmth within the wand rather than blowing it directly onto your scalp, making the experience damage- and sweat-free. It cuts down your drying time by drying three times faster than a standard blow dryer, and the suction allows you to straighten your hair at the same time (which means you won’t have to go through the extra step with a flat iron). The result is not only quick, but your hair will be left sleek and shiny, not damaged or dry like it does after a normal blow-dry. One con: The size is definitely on the larger side, but over 100 raving Amazon reviewers seem to agree that it’s worth the extra storage space.
To buy: $299, revair.com.
Revlon One-Step Volumizer
If you want to give your hair that extra vavoom, slide this unique oval brush through your roots for frizz-free volume with a single pass. Boosted by ionic technology, hair dries quicker with less damage, while nylon pin bristles softly detangle hair.
To buy: $60, ulta.com.
DevaCurUniversal Hair Diffuser
This slime-green claw might look absolutely wacky, but it’s a holy-grail tool in curly-hair communities. The diffuser streams air from all sides of its branches, helping your curls dry in no time. The process is fun too: Instead of piling your hair into the cup like a normal diffuser, this one works like fingers running through your hair—which can help keep the natural curl pattern completely intact.
To buy: $50, sephora.com.
Beachwaver Curling Iron
If you want to give your curls a bit more definition, celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa's cult-favorite Beachwaver is the easiest to use. The barrel spins left or right with a mere touch of a button, so you won't have to worry about twirling the wand to get perfect curls. Just click away and let your tool do all the work.
To buy: $129, ulta.com.