How To Care For Your Coily Curls: A Beginner’s Guide
When it comes to embracing curls or our hair’s natural texture, we must admit, that India is witnessing a much-awaited, happy shift. More and more people, each day are celebrating and reclaiming their curly hair. If you’re one of them, we’re more than delighted to unravel this twisted, curvy, and tangled route of coily and curly hair!
In This Article:
Curly vs Coily Hair: The Difference
Consider coily hair a sub-set of curly hair. In the curly hair community, different types of curls are defined with certain codes. Starting from 2A-2C which are waves, 3A-3C which are curls and 4A-4C which are coils. The curl pattern increases in density, spirals, and tightness as you go from 2A to 4C.
So, if you have S or Z-shaped tight curls, small spirals, or a zig-zag pattern with sharper edges, you’ve got coily hair and not just ‘curly hair’.
Why Does Coily Hair Need Special Care?
Coily hair is much more fragile and prone to dryness since it's the most moisture-deprived curl pattern. On account of this, the products and techniques that work for wavy and curly hair might not work for coily hair. They need everything extra - moisture, care, and attention. Below we’ll walk you through everything that you need to know about maintaining your coily curls.
How To Take Care Of Coily Hair?
1. Build A Solid Wash Routine
Coily hair has a personality of its own. Although we're sharing a general wash routine, it's not set in stone. You can surely begin with this and slowly alter it to your hair’s needs.
Pick the right products: Coily hair, or any hair type for that matter needs gentle care. Ensure that you’re choosing products that are free of parabens, sulfates, and silicones. Indulge in our 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and no nasties shampoos and conditioners.
Max out of hydration: Coily hair loves moisture and a nourishing pre-poo treatment will transform your hair. Combine hair oil and a hair mask and leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing it off. This will deeply condition and make your curls super soft.
Detox your scalp: Refresh, exfoliate, and purify your scalp with a scalp scrub once a week. This will rid you off dead skin cells, product build up, and dirt, and allow your hair masks and oils to better penetrate the scalp. Our Tea Tree Oil & Peppermint Scalp Scrub offers plant-powered exfoliation and helps in fighting off white flakes as well.
2. Give It Little Doses Of Hydration
Ignoring your coily hair between wash days is a risky business. Because of its constant need for hydration, make sure that you’re using a nourishing hair serum to energize and refresh your curls. Our Argan Oil & Lavender Hair Serum for Frizz free hair will give you up to 3x smoother hair, and frizz-free hair for up to 72 hours!
3. Detangling And Night Care
It's no surprise that the dry and dehydrated coily hair gets easily tangled. But before you go in with a hairbrush and take off every last knot, let this be a reminder. Curly. Hair. Doesn’t. Need. Brushing. Unless you want ‘Hagrid’ style hair. When dry, detangle with your fingers, and use a wide-tooth comb when you have conditioner in your hair.
As for night time, avoid boarding the frizz-train by throwing your hair in a silk/satin bonnet to reduce friction. Even swap your cotton pillowcases with satin/silk ones that do not snag your coils when you twist and turn at night.
4. Cuts And Styles
Learning how to take care of coily hair is a lengthy process. Now, if those hair outta look good, they sure deserve some TLC, right? Trim them regularly to say goodbye to dead split ends and maintain that bounce. You should also opt for hairstyles that involve minimal touching. From twists, and braids to updos, there are a ton of options to try and ace.
Q:1 What is coily hair? How is it different from curly hair?
A. Coily hair has much tighter spirals and is denser than curly hair. Curly hair type 4A-4C typically falls under the coily category.
Q:2 How to keep your coily curls soft and moisturized?
A. Make sure to include a pre-shampoo treatment in your wash day routine. It can either be a nourishing hair oil or a hair mask. You can also spritz a moisture-boosting serum between wash days to enhance softness.