We've enlisted the help of some of our favorite natural hair bloggers to select their top picks for holiday gifts that are just right for curly queens -- and your holiday spending budget.
Jessica Lewis of 'Mahogany Curls' on Her Holiday Style
"When it comes to making a style statement this holiday season, I’ll be my wearing hair in spirals that will be created using Curlformers. I am choosing this look because I think it will be a festive hairdo for this time of the year." — Jessica Lewis of Mahogany Curls
"I do not use oil often, but when I do, I use Simplicity Hair Oil Blend. It is an all-natural blend of coconut oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba, tea tree, and other great natural oils that will nourish your hair without weighing it down!"
"This is a must have item for natural hair. I am in love with this oversized bonnet because it is doubled-lined with Charmeuse satin and protects my curls while I sleep, and it is available in a variety of prints!"
Franchesca's Picks: "Dreads" by Francesco Mastilao
"Francesco Mastilao’s gorgeous coffee table book might seem like an obvious gift for the loc’d lady in your life, but you don’t need locs to appreciate Dreads. Alice Walker’s introduction really sets the tone for this book, which features stunning full page black and white portraits and interviews with loc rockers from all walks of life."
"Whether working out at the gym or running through the neighborhood, the Bondi Band headband is an essential part of my workout gear. Available in a variety of colors, these headbands are made of a special wicking material which pulls sweat away from your face and hairline; keeping those edges laid."
"I’ll admit, this hair oil is a bit of a splurge but it’s completely worth it. Nicknamed “hair food”, this Zambian oil helps prevent heat damage and also keeps your hair and scalp moisturized. Just in time for the cold winter months."
"There’s nothing I love more than bold graphics, clean design, organic textures and afros, which is why I instantly fell in love with this wall hanging by The Pairabirds. This retro illustration would be perfect for a dorm room or funky home office."
"When it comes to making a style statement, I am going to rock a roller-set for the holiday season! Curls of any size are always perfect when trying to be glamorous and stand out amongst the crowd." —CharyJay of the vlog CharyJay
"For that natural who is stuck in a styling rut, give her the gift of personalized instructions for a fab style! These personalized style cards are made special to order with written instructions on how to get a gorgeous hairstyle according to the natural in your life's hair type and length."
Maeling Tapp of 'Natural Chica' on Her Holiday Style
"I love to be carefree with my hair during the holidays since it's a time where I'm excited about spending quality time with the people I love. I will most likely set my hair in braids or twists and then take them out for a stretched look I can manipulate easily into different styles throughout an entire week!" —Mae of Natural Chica
"I'm a fan of loosely defined twist-outs and braid-outs and this product helps me achieve those looks while providing great moisture and a natural sheen to my hair. It's a medium-hold product, and won't weigh your hair down!"
Mae's Picks: Earth's Nectar Hair Care Hair Conditioning Cream
For healthy hair, moisture is key and this product definitely delivers and can also be a great detangling agent! I like to use it on freshly washed hair to help seal in moisture and to help detangle my hair for final styling."
Mae's Picks: Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter
This is one of my tried and true products for my favorite go-to styles, the twist-out and braid-out! It is such a creamy butter but is also easy to distribute throughout my hair, giving me great definition for my twist-out and braid-out styles!"
This has become one of my new favorites this winter as a light, leave-in moisturizer with ingredients like aloe vera juice, chamomile, castor oil and avocado oil. I like to spray it on my hair before re-twisting or re-braiding to add some well-needed moisture when I'm extending a style throughout a week."
Whitney Patterson of 'Sporty Afros' on Her Holiday Style
"During the holidays, I plan to keep my hairstyle super simple by doing weekly wash-and-gos and using cute hair accessories that complement my outfits. I prefer low-maintenance styles because they are perfect for busy, active women on the go like myself." -Whitney Patterson of Sporty Afros
"Sporty Afros’ products focus on keeping your hair moisturized. The Ayurvedic oil is ideal for women who want to include ayurvedic elements into their regimen to strengthen and thicken their hair, but don’t have the time to do it themselves. The G+ Moisturizing Spray adds moisture to your hair without weighing it down, it’s perfect for natural hair, locs, braids and twists."
$15, Sporty Afros Ayurvedic Oil and $10 Sporty Afros G+ Moisturizing Spray, available at Sporty Afros
Whitney's Picks: Curl Enhancing Custard by O.B.I. Naturals
"This is the best curl defining product I’ve found for natural hair. It defines my curls with no product build up, which is perfect for natural-haired girls who wear wash and gos."
Whitney's Picks: Runners Revelations “How Running Changed My Walk”
"Runner’s Revelations by Monisha Randolph inspired me to not only run a marathon but also embrace my natural hair and all the small things I take for granted. This is a great book to encourage someone who is starting a new hair, fitness or life journey."
Alexandria Williams of 'Sporty Afros' on Her Holiday Style
"This holiday season, I plan to rock several updos such as pony puffs, buns and topknots. With holiday traveling, Christmas parties and working out, mastering a few easy updos is the perfect, stress-free style." -Alexandria Williams of Sporty Afros
Alexandria's Picks: Sporty Afros Large Holiday Gift Package
"This is the perfect holiday gift for the woman who wants a healthy body and healthy hair. The gift package comes with a cute performance tech tee as well as a two month supply of moisturizing hair products in a cute, reusable tote box."
Alexandria's Picks: Shea Lovely by BeautifulBrwnBabyDol
"From working out to traveling around the country, it’s annoying to lug around all of your beauty products. BeautifulBrwnBabyDol’s Shea Lovely combines all of the best moisturizers into one convenient multi-purpose moisturizer for your hair and body."
Sugar Renfroe of 'WhoIsSugar' on Her Holiday Style
"For this holiday season, I plan on rocking a full and fabulous twist-out. I love my twist-outs because they are easy to do, simple to maintain and I can pin it up for an elegant updo or a funky faux hawk."—Sugar of WhoIsSugar
Sugar's Picks: Senk Conditioner and Shampoo Bar Set
"Raise your hand if you know a natural who needs a good shampoo and leave-in conditioner. Well, look no further for the Senk Conditioner and Shampoo Bar Set. It is a must-have because the shampoo bar cleanses your natural hair without stripping it, and the leave-in conditioner is super moisturizing and curly-girl friendly."
"As a natural, we are always looking for a good conditioner. Well, you're in luck with this conditioner, which is silicone free, has excellent slip, and is moisturizing for all the curly girls out there."
"Tis the season for fancy updos which often times need bobby pins that will not let you or your hair down (pun intended). In comes the Meta Grip Premium Bob Pins which provide a firm hold, are rust resistant and have tips that are durable."
"If you're anything like me, your satin bonnet or scarf ALWAYS comes off at night, exposing your natural hair to the drying effects of a cotton pillowcase. Well, in comes a satin pillowcase which not only feels nice to sleep on but it will not dry out your natural hair."
"Last year I went for a youthful, colorful and glam look with big hair to match. I'm in a much calmer space this time around, so I'm going to tone it down a bit with bohemian braids, flowy pantsuits and maxi dresses. I'm going for a softer, more romantic approach to welcoming in the new year." - Fran of the blog HeyFranHey
Natural Belle of 'Natural Belle' on Her Holiday Style
"This holiday season, I'll be going for simplicity, as new mom time is of the essence so I'm wearing my hair in mini two strand twist worn in an elegant up do which will work for Christmas day to new years eve." -Natural Belle of Natural Belle
Geraldine of 'Geraldine the Great' on Her Holiday Style
"I spend the holiday season flitting between the homes of my dearest friends and family members who love to use their fingers and hands to experience natural hair. This year, while reveling in overabundant hugs and kisses, I'll also self-indulge in wearing my hair BIG in a curly fro—the easier for curious hands to rollick in!" —Geraldine Geraldine the Great
Geraldine's Picks: Goody Full Size Flare Hair Brush
"With bristles small enough to slice through tangles and an absence of ball-tipped ends that could ensnarl the tiniest curls, the Flare Hair Brush is the ultimate tool to curb the anguishes of detangling. Valued at under $5 a pop, any frugalista will also appreciate its affordability."
Geraldine's Picks: "His Princess (Men of Valor)" by Kiru Taye
"Every natural understands the benefits of deep conditioning or steaming her hair, and for the romantic at heart, indulging in a guilty pleasure while treating her tresses provides an escape from the rigors of wash day. Kiru Taye's Men of Valor e-book series offers quick romantic retreats to exotic locales like Igboland, Nigeria."
"The Fabulous Curls Set is the quintessential natural hair 'IT gift' for the holidays and it's packed to the hilt with full-sized jars of moisturizers, butters, and two cleansers! She'll be particularly pleased to try the Curls for Days Hair Pudding- a gloriously scented, versatile curling aid that can be used to achieve a variety of styles."
Gabrielle Allen of 'StrawberriCurls' on Her Holiday Style
"My own personal style statement is never just one look and I still haven’t decided what my holiday hair will be. For Christmas it may be a Caruso set and for New Years it may be a flat twistout! I'm unpredictable like that!" - Gabrielle of StrawberriCurls
"If you haven’t heard of Rachel Stewart Earrings, you are really missing out! She has one of the best handmade jewelry collections out there. From earrings with picks in them to elegant crescent shaped studs, her collection never disappoints!"
"This blow dryer attachment is a GOD-SEND! The teeth are made to glide through the hair like a comb pick but you attach it to a blow dryer! It cuts down on drying time and stretches the hair to its maximum lengths."
"Stretch your hair and get bouncy curls without heat? Yes, please! These rollers are powered by steam, take a few minutes to set and the best part? Your hair is done within 20 minutes! Doesn’t get any better for those days where you don’t know what to do with your tresses."
"My haircut is really bold and makes its own statement so all I have to concentrate on is getting my hair stretched, big and beautiful. I plan on wearing a big fluffy twist-out this holiday season." —Keisha of the vlog Ahsiek1118
"I love these beanies! They keep you warm, are cute and come in a variety of colors. Some naturals stay away from beanies because they pull the moisture from our hair but Threadmill offers custom satin lining for any hat."
Jenell Stewart of 'Kinky Curly Coily Me' on Her Holiday Style
"When it comes to making a style statement, my hair will be protected in stylish Senegalese twists, because they dress up my look with no effort at all. This the perfect style for a fashionable working mommy on the go who has to cook and get the baby ready before the family comes over for the holidays."—Jenell of Kinky Curly Coily Me
"When it comes to styling, maintaining and managing curly hair, this unique collection repairs and moisturizes dry damaged hair, while defining and maintaining natural curls. This kit is perfect for women who want to show off the natural beauty of their hair but are unsure of how to make the transition."
"When it comes to making a statement during these winter months, I am planing on rocking my afro......LOUD & PROUD! Not only is it simply classic but it keeps me warm in this chilly weather." —Helecia of Iknowlee
Cipriana of 'Urban Bush Babes' on Her Holiday Style
"When it comes to making a style statement this holiday season I will be rockin my signature 150 loose twists bun updo style. I plan to go in with the food this holiday and have enough to worry about without adding food entwined in my loose twists as one of them." — Cipriana of Urban Bush Babes
Cipriana's Picks: Dark Brown Isabella Willow Mini Baskets
"We as women should always treat ourselves to a little TLC. So, why not share the love with our hair products? These beautiful mini willow baskets are durable and pack quite the punch, space wise, for the beloved product junkie within."
Cipriana's Picks: 'The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care'
"The guide to helping us know the ins and outs of our hair can seem like a galaxy, far far away. The Science of Black Hair is a timeless classic with a plethora of information breaking down everything from low manipulation strategies, PH balance & moisture, transitioning, breakage correction to healthy hair dietary guidelines."
"Ingredients in our kitchen and the ingredients for our hair can sometimes be one and the same. Gift this retro pour spout oil dispenser that will enhance the homemade oil concoctions of any natural hair newbie or guru."
"This gift set is perfect for any natural, especially if they are a product junkie. They will be able to try a variety of products which include two of my faves: Darcy Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Conditioner and Curl Junkie Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment."
Antoinette of 'Around the Way Curls' on Her Holiday Style
"This holiday season, I want to wear my hair out of my face for a change and rock a high top bun. It's a classic look that translates well with any style or setting." —Anotinette of Around the Way Curls
"These bows are lightweight, funky fresh, come in a variety of batik and African-inspired prints and are easily secured by a 1.5 inch snap clip. They put the finishing touches on any look and are handmade by yours truly."
"Steamers tend to be a splurge for most naturals so it's a really great gift to give for someone who wouldn't necessarily get it for themselves. It adds five times more moisture than any deep conditioner alone and is coveted by just about every guru out there."
Shanti of 'Around the Way Curls' on Her Holiday Style
"This holiday season I plan on styling my hair in a side twist-out with a side swoop. To get this look, I twist my hair for fluff to create flirty waves on my left side while my hair on the right is pulled back. I love this look because it is really easy yet the results are always elegant." —Shanti of Around the Way Curls
Shanti's Picks: Anita Grant Rhassoul Deep Conditioner Cubes
"These handmade conditioning cubes from the UK provide hydrating benefits to hair especially dry, brittle or porous strands. After using these, I'm always left with shiny, strengthened and moisturized hair."
Shanti's Picks: Curly Nikki's New Book " Better Than Good Hair"
"The beloved hair blogger Nikki Walton of CurlyNikki compiled all of the must-have information for both new and seasoned naturalistas in her new book. It will be a great gift to anyone that loves Nikki and is in need of hairstyle ideas and natural hair care techniques."
"If you are tired of seeing your product junkie pal spend all of her money on hair products, ease her financial burden by getting her a month's (or two or three!) subscription to curlBOX! Each month, she'll receive a box of awesome, newly-released products for naturally curly hair textures."
"I love Kinky Curly products and I am sure your loved one will too! Start her off with the most popular sellers, the Come Clean Shampoo, Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner and Gloss Pomade, for healthy, fabulous hair."
Nibi Lawson of 'The Kinky Apothecary on Her Holiday Style
"This holiday season I will be using my newfound styling skills and rocking my kinks in a twisted updo. This is always a stylish way for me to give my tresses some much-needed protection from the elements."—Nibi Lawson of The Kinky Apothecary
Nibi's Picks: Ash The Painter “Autumn Attitude” Print
"I absolutely adore everything by Ash the Painter and the 'Autumn Attitude' design fits in perfectly with my current “red hair” obsession. A print for a friend’s wall or t-shirt would make a fabulous gift…or at the sale prices, why not get both?"
Nibi's Picks: Bobeam Bars and Butters Holiday Gift Set
"I’ve tried a number of them, but these are the most moisturizing shampoo bars I have ever used in my life…bar none! And as if that wasn’t enough, a portion of the proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society and/or 1 in 8 Foundation.org."
Nibi's Picks: PVSP Naturals Amber and Plantain Pomade
"I love my indie brands, and this is a great one. With 100% organic ingredients, this pomade is a real treat for natural hair. It seals in moisture, keeps strands supple, tames flyaways, and is great for twists, braids and locs. It also smells amazing!"
"Even if the witty names and cool afrocentric packaging haven’t drawn you in already, the fact that they’re from the brains behind the Natural Hair Calendars means you know they’re going to be all about healthy, moisturized hair. With their fresh, handmade, vegan, amazing ingredients, these products are surely on any naturalista’s wish list."
"This year my holiday hairstyle statement is bold, funky and short. I've been cutting my hair off all year and will continue to do so to keep up with busy schedule and newborn baby." —Roshini Cope of Glamazini
Roshini's Picks: Little Black Dress Inspire Print Business Card Case
"I have always loved the work of Sugarluxe creator Chandra Michaels and own a couple pieces from her site. The Voluptuous Lady Beautiful Afro Girl, I Love New York Disco Diva, Angel Wings Believe Sexy & Soul Sista Afro Diva prints are awesome, too."