Ok, the title might be a bit of an exaggeration, BUT I do have issues about hair and without these things my life would not be complete.
#1: My combs:
This wide tooth comb has been with me longer than my driver's license. I lost it for about 8 months and it was horrible. If she ever broke I would likely cry. On a less insane note, wide tooth combs are a must for everybody, its the safest way to detangle wet hair. Brushes cause hair to stretch (which wet hair is vulnerable to do anyway) and break easily, and rat tail type combs' teeth are to close together causing too much pulling and stress for wet hair. You could probably get away with a normal tooth comb, but I don't own one.
As for my rat tail comb, that's much newer to the collection and let me tell you, I will not go back to parting without it! I do not use the tail like a lot of people, I use the teeth. I find that the super close together teeth make a really crisp line. Delicious!
#2: Goody brand Ouchless Ponytail Holders
These elastics are a cut above. I am cheap, I'm sure I mentioned that before, so I have definitely tried different brands, dabbled with the dollar store knock-offs, yada yada. These bad boys are worth every penny. Once in a blue moon I have one loose its elasticity or snap in half. But it is NOTHING compared to every other brand I have used. Last year for Christmas my mom bought me a pack of bands from the Dollar store, 11 out of 12 elastics snapped before I could get them in my hair. The twelfth broke mid day (whilst my hair was in a ponytail I might add....). Don't even bother.
#3 Bobby Pins:
Love them! My mom hates them. She is of the old school belief that bobby pins are not meant to be seen, and while that might be nice in some classy looks, one a day to day scale bobby pins have become sort of trendy. Plus they are so useful!! How else would we keep our pesky half grown out bangs out of our faces? Or tuck in the those silly hairs that poke out of french braids? And what would a bun be with out a few bobby pins? NECESSARY! (I will add I didn't always have the fancy bobby pins from Sally's, I usually just get the cheapest Goody ones available, and while the expensive ones do work a little better, its not necessary IMHO.)
#4 My Hairspray:
Love it, need it, cant live without it. No day is complete if it hasn't been used. I'm not picky about any particular brand here either. They all work and as long as it doesn't leave white flakes in my styles I'm sold.
#5 Flat Iron:
While I do not use this bad sally very often anymore (I've gotten lazy in my old age, haha!) I wouldn't trade this guy in. Well actually I would, I want a smaller on so I can use it to curl as well but yeah... Anyway I used to use like Revlon or Conair straighteners and they worked pretty good, but never lasted more than a year. Then I got rich or something, and splurged on this BaByliss (actually my friends aunt runs a salon so I got it at cost, but still WAY more than my normal heat tools). Let me tell you I will never go back to the Walmart brand straighteners again. This thing is a cut above! She will get rid of any kink or curl in no time flat (pun intended!). I saw at Winners a few months back that they had the 1" Chi straighteners for like 40$ so I will be keeping my eye out for that next time I'm there.
So what hair tools/products/accessories can you not live without? Please share because it makes us all feel better when others are also hair obsessed!