Your Complete Care Guide for Beautiful Coily Hair: 5 Must-Know Tips
Jul. 23, 2020
If you have coily hair you’ve likely heard all the complements from those with straight hair about how much they’d love to have your hair, but they’ve got no idea how much work it takes! Sure, coily hair can be some of the most voluminous and beautiful styles out there, but it can take a lot of work!
It’s also difficult because coily hair is so different (as we’ll get into in just a moment) from even just wavy of curly hair, so it requires a different care strategy, too. So, what is the difference between coily hair and curly hair?
The Difference Between Coily Hair and Curly Hair
Curly hair is known as Type 3 hair, and as the curls get tighter, this increases to Type 4 hair, a.k.a. coily hair. There are also four distinctions between type 4 hair: Type 4A, 4B, 4C, and 4D.
- 4A: Coily hair that is type 4A consists of dense, S-shaped coils that have a spring to them.
- 4B: Whereas coily hair that is type 4B feels wirier to the touch and consists of Z-shaped coils.
- 4C + 4D: 4C and 4D are for ever increasing tight curls.
Curly hair (type 3), on the other hand, is defined as anything from large curls to loose ringlets. Although curly hair generally doesn’t have as much body as coily hair, both are prone to frizz, breaks, and dryness.
Coily hair, however, is prone to damage more than any other hair type and this is why it is so important to know how to properly care for your coily hair.
How to Care for Coily Hair:
Although everybody’s hair is different, and your best hair care options will depend on you as an individual, all coily hair benefits hugely from deep conditioners, packed full of oils and proteins that will help to hydrate your hair and protect it from serious damage.
- #1 – Hydrate
Coily hair can often get particularly dry, making it more susceptible to breakages. To combat this, it is worthwhile taking the time to apply a leave-in conditioner whenever you wash your hair. These help to add moisture back into your hair, leaving it hydrated for longer.
You could also try applying hair products that contain ingredients such as shea butter and argan oil daily to maintain hydration between washes.
- #2 – Sleep with Silk
It is also important to take care of your coily hair overnight. Cotton pillowcases, although soft to the touch, can actually cause damage to coily hair as friction is caused whenever you turn while you are asleep. By using a silk (or satin) pillowcase or by wearing a headscarf while you sleep, your hair is allowed to slide around freely, preventing breakages or tangles forming, and you will get less of that annoying frizz!
- #3 – Protect from Damage
Your hair can also be damaged just by being out in the world. The sun can dry out your hair when you spend time outside, so it is good to wear a hat or hair covering if you are able to. If you like to go swimming in pools cleaned with chlorine or use a lot of heat when drying or styling your hair, it is beneficial to use a product specifically to combat damage to coily hair, such as a heat protectant. This will help to reduce any damage that might be caused to your coily hair, including breakages and dryness.
- #4 – Tame That Frizz
As previously mentioned, coily hair in particular is a victim of frizz. Using a product, such as a cream, oil, or serum, that is specifically designed for coily hair can help to tame the frizz and make it look healthier, without compromising on your curl pattern. It will also help with hydration and work to protect your hair from breakages.
- #5 – Apply a Soft Touch
The final tip for caring for your coily hair is to apply a soft touch. This means that you should take extra care when styling your hair with clips, bobby pins, or hair ties and be super gentle when removing them. These are a common cause of breaks in any type of hair, but with such a fragile hair type it is even more important to try and find products that are less likely to break your hair.
It is also a good practice to use your fingers to detangle your hair when you have applied the conditioner that we previously mentioned. Using your fingers in much kinder both on your hair and on your scalp, and it won’t disrupt your natural curl pattern like a comb or brush will.
A Journey of Self 🌹
I figured Black History Month was as good as any opportunity to talk about my self finding. Growing up in a small yet old family, I always had questions about my roots and family history. I also struggled with self conscious doubts about my appearance. Why is my nose this big? Why is my hair this curly? Why am I taller than average? These weighed heavy on my mind growing up because honestly, sticking out sucked. So, I finally dove deep into my family’s origin and decided to do an Ancestry DNA analysis. I immersed myself with every corner of the site. I only got the chance to finish my maternal grandmas side of the family tree, but even that has plenty of gaps. Yet, when I received my DNA results I was stoked. Then I realized, I don’t know much about any of these places. So I dug even deeper. I have a little journal of things I’ve learned and want to know, but this was quite the experience. It was heartbreaking and satisfying at the same time. I highly recommend for every race and background to do this DNA Test. The best part of this was scrolling through photos of the people of the respected countries I was DNA matched to. I swear I saw a girl who looked like me, but everyone else thinks I’m tripping lol. In the end, I’m satisfied with my results and findings. Relatively speaking, this way of self discovery has been the most effective.
At Home Exfoliating Facial ✨✨
So I recently received the Mimi Co Exfoliating Wand via IG PR. I couldn’t wait to do a full facial and I decided to do it tonight. Order: I purchased a steamer from Amazon for $23 and I’m obsessed with it (DM me for product info). I started with UpCircle - Cleansing Face Balm With Apricot Powder As my oil cleanse to get my sunscreen from today off and any other oils and dirts. INDIE LEE - Purifying Face Wash This cleanser is perfect for getting dirts and oils from skin as well. It’s not drying and it’s totally worth it! I paired it with a face cleansing scrub brush, I also purchased from Amazon. I love it and I paid around $20 for it as well! It doubles the vibration frequency put out by Foreo. CLARISMA - Namaste Glow Energizing Face Mask This was the mask I chose for the enzyme properties. This breaks down dirts and oils in pores and dead skin cells. I also steamed my face during this time. Follain - Toning Mist: Balance + Prime This was what I sprayed over my face for the prep for my exfoliating wand. I didn’t have a true medium and I am out of Aloe Vera plants so😭 I then exfoliated with my wand starting at my cheeks and working upward and then to my forehead. I went down and to the sides of my nose. Glow slow! innisfree - Jeju Lava Seawater Lotion I used the toner to cleanse my skin and get any dirts left over from me exfoliating. SUMMER FRIDAYS - Jet Lag Mask I use this as my hydrating mask. I took the back of my Mimi Co Wand on switched to the Moisturizing Setting. I gently slid upwards my entire face for the last 2 mins only and then wiped the mask off with a damp cloth. earthtoskin - Tea Time Anti Aging Eye Cream This is the most hydrating eye cream I own. I used this with the back of my cleansing brush on the heat setting! Yes it made my eye feel so hydrated and relaxed. fresh - Lotus Anti-Aging Night Moisturizer This was the final step as a good moisturizer seals in everything! To prevent acne I use the SUNDAY RILEY - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil as my last step. I didn’t use an astringent type toner, so I wanted to still treat my skin💚
Drink of water for your skin!
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Skin Barrier Skin Savior 🙏🏾
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