Curly Hair Accessory Must-Haves

Here are my favorite curly hair accessory must-haves! From diffusers, to shower caps, to sleeping protection like bonnets and pillowcases, to brushes and piks, I've covered it all here in one post!

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My Favorite Curly Hair Diffusers - the Xtava Black Orchid, DevaFuser, and The Curly Co. Collapsible Diffuser (for traveling)


Here are my three favorite diffusers and I like them all for different reasons. Of course, you do not NEED three diffusers but I share them all with you so you can pick what works best for you.

  • Xtava – this diffuser is really big so it is great for long and thick hair! It has prongs that reach the roots of my hair and it is still my favorite diffuser. I am still using it with short hair.
  • DevaCurl Hand Diffuser – I love this one, too! It's a hand shape and reaches really well into the hair roots to give that nice root lift.
  • Curly Co Collapsible Diffuser – this one is really great for traveling because it collapses! The drawback to me, though, is that it does collapse when I use it which annoys me. But on a trip, I like to bring it so I don't have a huge diffuser.
My Favorite Curly Hair Root Clips - the Curly Girl Root Lifting Curl Clips and Curly Hair Solutions Roller Jaw Clamps

Root Clips

  • Metal Root Clips – use these to lift the hair from the roots as you diffuse or air dry. I also love how they can help you style your hair the way you want. They help me keep my bangs out of my face if I'm wanting to wear my hair parted on the side.
  • Curly Hair Solutions Roller Jaw Clamps – these are officially for rollers, but they are picking up in popularity among curly girls to use as root clips!
My Favorite Curly Hair Shower Caps to protect Your curls while you shower

Shower Caps

You'll need this for the days when you're not washing and don't want to get those curls wet and cause frizz!

  • Plastic Reusable Shower Cap – these are so cheap so I buy them in bulk and they last for years!
  • Kitsch Luxe Shower Cap – if looking cute while you shower is important to you, then this shower cap is for you! It is so cute! Has a vintage style and comes in several different patterns.
  • Extra Large Shower Cap with Adjustable Drawstring – (not pictured) the regular sized shower caps might be too small for long hair, so I suggest getting one like this so that you don't have to squish your curls into the cap and ruin your wash day hard work!
My Favorite Items for Curly Hair Deep Conditioning - a thermal, microwaveable heat cap, a QRedew Hair Steamer, and a Hair and Facial Steamer

Deep Conditioning Accessories

Deep Conditioning is a game changer for curly hair! I do my best to do it weekly, sometimes twice a week when my hair is really dry, like in the wintertime. It's so important that I have an entire blog post dedicated just to it! Read it here.

  • Thermal Heat Cap – this one contains mustard seeds and is heated in the microwave.
  • Hair and Facial Steamer – this is a total extra, luxury item! Not necessary, but fun to have if you have the budget. You can use this small hooded steamer to steam your hair and the facial steamer as well!
  • Q Redew Hair Steamer – I have one of these and they are pricey ($78), but I do find it to be a much faster way to steam my hair. I apply the deep conditioner and then steam for about five minutes, getting the same results that I get from wearing a thermal heat cap for 45 minutes!

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My Favorite Curly Hair Sleep Protection - Scarf, Buff, Satin or Silk Pillowcase, and Bonnett

Sleep Protection

I use a silk bonnet and a satin pillowcase at night with short hair. When I had long hair, I used a buff and a satin pillowcase. The difference between silk and satin is that silk is breathable and more natural (but not vegan), but it is more expensive than satin. So if you're trying to save some money, I suggest buying satin.

But read the descriptions carefully as companies will call their products “silk satin” when there is no silk in it at all.

  • Silk Bonnet or Satin Bonnet – I love to wear bonnets to sleep because they not only help with the frizz, but also protect my hair style. I recommend these for short hair and not long hair, and it will squish and smash up long hair.
  • Buff – I loved using this at night when my hair was long! It really helped to protect my curls and curl clumps, and also helped to lift my hair from the roots.
  • Silk Scarf or Satin Scarf – I have not been able to figure out how to tie these to keep it on my head while I sleep, but there are many curly girls who love to use a pretty scarf at night. It's not my favorite, but I just wanted to share the option with you so you can make the best decision for you!
  • Silk Pillowcase or Satin Pillowcase – I have a satin pillowcase and love using it when I'm not wanting to wear my bonnet to sleep. I do find that my hair still dries out faster without the bonnet, but it doesn't get frizzy with the pillowcase.
My favorite Curly Hair Brushes and Piks - the Denman Brush, Curly Hair Solutions Flexy Brush, Wet Brush, the Spriggle, and a metal pik

Brushes & Piks

Denman Brush – this brush is excellent for not only detangling, but to encourage curl clumps! Use it while styling your hair, once you have your curl cream or leave-in conditioner on and gel, run it through your curls and watch it create clumps!

  • Curly Hair Solutions Flexy Brush – I have this brush and use it to detangle and remove loose hair, and to encourage curl clumps. All of it is hard plastic, so it dries quickly which is really nice! However, it is hard to remove the hair from the brush – I have to use a metal pik to do it. Water also gets trapped under some of the plastic parts so I have to shake the brush when I'm done with it and let it dry.
  • Wet Brush – this one is more for detangling and not the best at encouraging curly clumps like the Denman or Curls Collection brushes do. It is designed to get wet and to be used in the shower, which is great when you're conditioning and want to detangle and remove the loose hair.
  • The Spriggle – this has wide teeth so it's a better root lifter for wavy and curly hair, so as not to break up curl clumps.
  • Metal Hair Pick – I love this one and actually like that it's metal because it doesn't cause any frizz. It works very well to fluff my hair up from the roots once it's dry.

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Curly Hair Accessory Must-Haves - things every curly girl should know about and be using for gorgeous, healthy and hydrated curls!


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    I like the blog is very nice and curly hair accessories is fantastic design. thank you for share this blog

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