My 15 Favorite Hair Products and Tools

Have you ever opened your bathroom vanity, looked at all the hair products stored in it and wonder “How did I get here?” I have.

Once I started my healthy hair journey I had to sit down to really figure out what products and tools I needed to care for my hair. I admit, when I first created the list, it was really long. There were so many products and tools that I used when I started my hair journey. There were multiple shampoos, conditioners and oils.

Over the years I’ve shorten that list to 15 key hair products and tools that I couldn’t live without.

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1. SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo

I’ve been a fan of sulfate-free shampoos for a while because of how much gentler they are for my hair. My favorite one so far is the Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo from SheaMoisture. It gently cleans my hair without stripping all the moisture from it.

2. Ion Clarifying Shampoo

Every once and while I like to use a sulfate shampoo to cleanse my relaxed. It helps me make sure my hair is rid of the dirt and product buildup that sulfate-free shampoos don’t always get.

3. Suave Professionals Natural Infusion Moroccan Infusion Shine Shampoo & Conditioner

I use this rinse out conditioner as a pre-poo and a conditioner. I like how good it smells and how moisturizing it is. Another benefit is I can find it just about anywhere and it’s not expensive.

4. SheaMoisture Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture-Seal Masque

I shared in another post that I found out I have high porosity hair (http://www.arelaxedgal.com/2017/04/caring-for-high-porosity-hair.html). To help care for it I started using the high porosity hair masque from SheaMoisture. It has a great consistency and I notice a big different in how my hair feels after using it. It’s a great way to give my hair a quick burst of protein to my hair.


5. Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner

This was a tough one to narrow down because there are several leave-in conditioners that I like and use on rotation. When I really think about it, the Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner is a must-have for me.

Because it’s a spray it’s easy to apply to my relaxed hair and my new growth. I like that it doesn’t leave my hair feeling sticky like other spray leave-ins have. Another benefit is it doubles as a heat protectant.

6. Sunflower oil

Why sunflower oil? Well it’s got so many uses for my hair. I can use it for a hot oil treatment, mix it with other products and use it as a sealant. I like that sunflower oil is light enough to be used in the summer and not too thin that it can be used in the winter.

7. Hercules Sagemann's Magic Star Jumbo Rake

This comb should be a must-have for every woman. It’s great because the teeth are seamless, so it doesn’t snag or catch your hair which can cause hair breakage. Because of the wide teeth, I can use this comb to detangle my hair when it’s wet without any issues.

8. Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap

I’m so glad that I purchased this cap. I use it for most of my pre-poos and to intensify my deep conditioning treatments. The biggest benefit is I can use the Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap and not be tied down to one place. Whenever I use it my hair tends to be more manageable and stays moisturized longer.

9. Gold 'N Hot Elite 1875-Watt Professional Stand Bonnet Dryer

I have thick hair and it doesn’t air dry well. Since I don’t like to use a lot of heat on my hair, I opted to get a hooded dryer. I like that this hooded dryer has different settings including a cool setting so I don’t have to blast my hair with high heat every time I use it.

9. Helen Of Troy Hot Shot Tools Turbo Ionic Dryer Ceramic Tourmaline Dryer

To keep my relaxed hair healthy I don’t like to use a lot 0f heat on it. So when I looked for a new blow dryer I looked for one with multiple heat settings including a cold shot. This way I can use the cooler settings and the cold shot to blow dry my hair without causing a lot of damage. Another plus to this blow dryer is the comb attachment that lets me give myself a blowout.

11. Satin scarf or bonnet

To keep my hair protected during the night I wear either a satin scarf or satin bonnet. They help keep my hair in place when I sleep so it doesn’t end up a tangled mess in the morning. The satin keeps the moisture from being sucked from my hair by a cotton pillowcase. The last few that I’ve bought were from the beauty supply store.

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12. Goody Elastic Hair ties

I’m probably the last person, including the last person who blogs about hair to discover these hair ties. Every ponytail I see now is being held in place by these elastic hair ties.

When I saw these in the store I decided to give them a try. So far so good. They are ingenious, but so simple. I had been having a hard time with the traditional elastic bands I had been using before. Despite those elastic bands being no damage, ouchless bands they kept pulling out strands of hair. They don’t pull out my hair like the elastic bands.

13. Hair clips and hair claws

I use hair clips and hair claws as another way to put my hair up when I don’t want it to brush against my clothes. I don’t use any particular brand of hair clips or claws. I just pick up whichever ones are the cheapest and don’t feel like they will break after just a couple of uses.

14. Bobby pins

I sometimes like to use bobby pins to put my hair into an updo. I lets me put my hair in a loose bun giving it a break from the elastic ties. I don’t have a particular brand of bobby pins that I like to use. In fact I get most of my bobby pins from the Dollar Tree.

15. Hair shears

Occasionally I will trim my own hair at home. When I do I want to make sure that I have shears specifically for cutting hair. This way I know they are sharp enough to cleanly cut my hair so it split ends aren’t created. The ones are I use are from Sally Beauty.

Do you have any must-have hair products or tools that you use on your hair?

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