Whatever stage you’re in during your natural hair journey, there are staple items needed to positively impact the strength and growth of your hair. A great deep conditioner and leave-in conditioner are just as vital to your strands as the tools and instruments used to style and manipulate your hair. The right comb and brush can stop breakage, alleviate split ends, and control your frizz. Different combs and brushes do different things. Here’s a rundown of the 10 best combs and brushes you need for your natural hair.

Denman Brush

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Need to detangle those curls? The Denman Brush is the fairy godmother of detangling. It is known to get down to the nitty gritty of eliminating knots and cutting the detangle session in half. Most effective on 3c and type 4 hair, it enhances your curl pattern with each stroke of the brush.

The collection of brushes come in different shapes and sizes, all geared towards protecting your hair. The classic style brush features wide-rows of effective bristles that separate and define wet curls while detangling it. This brush can be used on wet or dry hair but I feel you’ll get the best usage on wet hair. The collection includes brushes for curling your hair while blow drying as well as smaller brushes for children.

Drybar Lemon Drop Daily Detangler Brush

Get you a brush that can do it all! The DryBar Lemon Drop Daily Detangler Brush can be used on both dry and wet hair. It’s even effective enough to use on hair extensions. With minimal product in your hair, this tool allows you to brush through your hair with ease. Best part about this product is it comes in a travel size. Cheers to having great hair on the go.

Wet Brush

The Wet Brush is a magical tool that can dance it’s way through the curliest of manes. Offered in a variety of shapes and sizes, this brush is known to minimize tangles, frizzing and breakage. There are many ways to utilize this brush. Perhaps the most effective is while deep-conditioning your hair. It can also be used post-wash and while blow drying.

Ouidad Double Detangler Comb

Some people go through their natural hair journey without a comb. I couldn’t imagine doing this! A comb like Ouidad’s Double Detangler is perfect for maneuvering through thicker hair. Created with double rows of comb teeth, it is well-equipped to handle your strands without being rough or heavy handed. This is a must-have for curly girls in the 3a-4 hair types.

Flexy Brush

The Flexy Brush is ideal for exfoliating, cleaning and addressing your scalp. The open-cushion structure makes it easy to eliminate bacteria and build up while using. This brush is especially good for detangling and removing fairy knots. With a conditioner of your choice, brush your hair from root to tip. Spend additional time on the roots to exfoliate scalp and stimulate blood circulation.

Tangle Teezer

The Tangle Teezer is known to detangle your hair, assist while blow drying and help you achieve your desired hair style. This multi-purpose brush comes in a variety of shapes and sizes that will address your hair’s individual need. I like these brushes because they cater to dry-styling. When you’re trying to achieve that Cardi B pearl updo that she wore to the Grammys, the Tangle Teezer is a tool that can help you execute it. These brushes start at just $12. Can’t go wrong with that!

Hercules Sagemann Magic Star Hair Comb

Combs with wider spaces between the teeth make for a stress-free detangling session. Hercules’ Sagemann Magic Star Hair Comb is heaven sent for women with really thick hair. It has been designed in a way that the teeth won’t harm or damage your hair. Not only does this contribute to the overall health of your hair, it allows you to style your hair without the pain of detangling. More on the costly side, the Magic Star comb retails at $25.

Cricket Ultra Smooth Coconut Pick Comb

I bet no one thought they’d need a hair pick after 80’s. Truth is, this classic hair tool is a staple to natural hair. The Cricket Ultra Smooth Coconut Pick Comb will lift your twist out or afro and add an appealing amount of volume to your style. It is best to use this pick in the styling phase of your hair routine.

Christophe Robin Boar Bristle Detangling Hairbrush

Now if you’re down for a fancy splurge, the Christophe Robin Boar Bristle Detangling Hairbrush may be your go-to item. This brush is controversial because the bristles are made with 100% natural boar. So instead of nylon or plastic combing through your hair, you have softer bristles that will be extremely gentle. It will control frizz and avoid the roughness that other brushes can cause. I’d suggest using this kind of product on hair in the Type 3 family. If you’d prefer a vegan product then you may want to reconsider this brush, especially for $108.

Conair Hi-Style Rubber Cushion Brush

While most of the brushes mentioned above can be used on wet or dry hair, know that the Conair Hi-Style Rubber Cushion Brush will cause more harm that good on dry hair. If you use it while shampooing and deep conditioning, it will be your best friend. If you use it on dry hair, it’ll be your worst enemy. Now that we got that out of the way, this brush is a favorite to curly girls with type 4 hair. It seems to penetrate each tangle, and fairy knot in a way that makes detangling less of a choir and more of a simple task.

Have you tried any of these brushes? Share your experiences with us below!