Embrace your texture: A Guide to Caring for Coily Hair

Coily hair, also known as Type 4 hair in the hair typing system, is a natural hair texture that is characterized by tight, densely packed curls that form a coil or zig-zag pattern. Coily hair is unique and beautiful, but it also requires special care to keep it healthy, moisturized, and defined. If you have coily hair, or if you're considering transitioning to natural hair, this guide will provide you with tips and techniques to help you care for and embrace the beauty of your coily locks.

  1. Keep it hydrated: Coily hair tends to be dry and prone to breakage, so moisture is key to keeping it healthy. Use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for curly or coily hair, and avoid products that contain harsh sulfates or alcohols that can strip your hair of its natural oils. Deep condition your hair regularly to restore moisture, and use a leave-in conditioner to help seal in hydration and reduce frizz. Find hydrating products here.

  2. Detangle with Care: Coily hair can be prone to tangling, so it's important to detangle your hair gently to avoid breakage. Use a wide-toothed comb or your fingers to carefully detangle your hair when it's damp, preferably while it's coated with conditioner. Start from the ends and work your way up to the roots, and be patient and gentle to avoid causing unnecessary damage to your hair. Find brush's & combs here.

  3. Embrace Protective Styling: Protective styling can help to minimize manipulation and reduce breakage in coily hair. Consider wearing your hair in protective styles such as braids, twists, or updos to help retain moisture, prevent tangling, and protect your ends from rubbing against clothing. Just be sure not to wear protective styles for too long, as it can lead to matting and tangling if not properly maintained.

  4. Avoid Heat Damage: Coily hair is sensitive to heat, so minimize your use of heat-styling tools such as flat irons, curling irons, and blow dryers. If you do use heat, always apply a heat protectant spray (find a curly hair one here) to your hair first, and use the lowest heat setting possible. Air-drying or using heat-free styling methods such as twist-outs, braid-outs, or bantu knots can help you achieve stunning results without the risk of heat damage.

  5. Sleep with Care: Protect your coily hair while you sleep by investing in a satin or silk pillowcase or wearing a satin or silk bonnet or scarf (See our recommendations here). These materials help to reduce friction, prevent breakage, and retain moisture, keeping your coily hair looking healthy and defined.

Now that you know how to care for your luscious coily locks, have a look through some of our favourite products for thicker hair here.

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