The Best New Natural Hair Products And Tools To Keep Waves, Curls, And Coils On Point
Confession time: I'm a little tired of my natural hair. Don't get me wrong — I fully embrace my thick head of type 4C curls (meaning, my shape is more coily than wavy). I love how my copper color catches in the light, and am never not mesmerized by the magic of shrinkage: When in its normal state, my Afro is on the shorter side. But when pulled out or straightened, my hair is nearly shoulder-length. I do love my hair. I just hate washing and styling it, especially in the winter — which is why I'm opting for braids and weaves until spring.
Natural hair is on the drier side, which makes it delicate. Meaning, it requires a lot of daily maintenance that I'm personally way too impatient for. But when my curls are out in between appointments, I'll have plenty of new natural hair products to try.
Summer is usually all about wash-and-go styling, because humid air makes drying a breeze. Most of the new launches from Ouidad, Mizani, and more are ultra-hydrating, and help maintain the same type of definition you get with a fresh shampoo or a co-wash. And the tools, like Dyson's new Airwrap and Drybar's straightening brush, provide a sleek texture switch up, sans the flat iron damage. I might be tired of my hair, but the 11 products are poised to make me fall again.
Nothing gets a room full of beauty editors to shut up faster than a Dyson innovation. And when Jen Atkin took the stage at the Airwrap launch event, the room fell silent as she transformed a model's headful of waves into a sleek, salon-worthy blowout — without heat. The jury's still out on whether this tool works for truly coily hair, but curly girls are in for a treat with this one.
While this balm isn't a recent innovation (it was recently restocked on Sephora's site), fans always find new reasons to love it: The olive oil, grapeseed oil, and honey blend works as a pre-poo detangler, a sealant for twist-outs, and a moisture booster when used with other products.
Nothing sounds more appealing than a cozy weekend by the fireplace — or, uh, electric heater — snuggled up in a warm sweater and doing some serious multi-masking. Kérastase's Brazil nut oil and Thai rice bran oil blend can be left on for five minutes, or applied all throughout as a deep conditioner.