One of beauty's biggest contradictions is the wash-and-go. You'd think that the hairstyle means literally shampooing, conditioning, and air drying your hair — but anyone with with natural curls knows that this is far from the truth. In fact, any natural hairstyle requires time, effort, and hero products. Tools that work for natural hair, like blowdryers and specialty brushes, also help with achieving the twist-out, braids, or blowout of your dreams. However, the same discernment that you use for hair products should be used on tools... even if you want a sleek blowout or stretched-out curls, you don't want to damage your hair with a dryer that's too hot, the wrong flat iron plates (Yene Dametew, Michelle Obama's hairstylist, told TZR that ceramic is best for textured hair), or a brush that snags and tears.
Celebrity hairstylists and colorists have the benefit of test driving all of the newest and buzziest products that hit the market... and they get to use them on a variety of textures, too. With that in mind, I tapped five stylists who gave me the real scoop on the hot tools, brushes, and combs that are really in their kits: Vernon Scott, Takisha Sturdivant-Drew, Tym Wallace, Nai'vasha Johnson, and Shai Amiel.
Clients include Danai Gurira and Cynthia Erivo.
Clients include Kerry Washington and Uzo Aduba.
"You can take even the smallest section of the hair to create a curl."
"It adds more texture to the hair in a natural way."
Clients include Taraji P. Henson and Cardi B.
"I call this my hair BFF. It’s pretty light and versatile. I can do endless styling with it — straight styles, curls and waves on all hair types. Also, it seals moisture, eliminates frizz, and produces high shine that's perfect for long-time wear, such as events and photo shoots."
Clients include Yara Shahidi and Logan Browning.
"I really do love my Mason Pearson brush. It refines all textures."
Clients include Kehlani and Tamera Mowry.