Coil Care 101

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Wavy Coil

Women with the least tight curls like singer Kelis have type 3c curls. These vary from being a loose S shape to spring-like ringlets. The curls are usually dry as the natural oils found in the scalp don’t reach the tips. They can be easily defined without using too many products or manipulation. The only problem is frizz, which is easily tamable. Deep conditon the hair once a week to give the hair a moisture punch. Also, invest in a volumising mousse to give the hair body.

Beauty tip:To avoid tangled and messy curls, use an intense leave-in moisturiser – the added moisture keeps each curl intact. Apply to hair post wash and style as desired.

Loose Coil

If your hair type is similar to Viola Davis, you’re most probably hair type 4a and 4b. This natural texture is the perfect combination between curly and coiled hair. The strands are closely packed,  hence the density. A little manipulation using curl rods or twisting ensures a more evenly defined curl. Pre-poo your hair using coconut or castor oil for added moisture, then use a heat-free method like perm rods to give the hair maximum definition in the evenings.

Beauty tip: Invest in perm rods or flexi rods to curl hair without using heat. This will ensure you have more defined fizz-free curls.

Tight Coil

This is by far the coiliest of hair types, like Lupita Nyong’o, who falls on the 4c hair group.  The hair is zig-zag in nature, with little to no curl definition. This type is prone to shrinkage and breakage, and needs more product to manipulate and define the curls. Invest in a leave-in conditioner and satin cap to protect hair against the elements as well as retain moisture.

Beauty tip:To keep coils moisturised, pre-poo with coconut oil to retain naturals oils that can be stripped during washing.

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