Best Care for Kinky and Coily Hair
In all its gorgeous glory, kinky/coily hair has a tendency to be very dry. The diameter of kinky/coily hair is usually smaller than that of other hair types so natural scalp oils take longer to travel down the hair shaft, leaving coils more prone to dryness and breakage. Kinky/coily hair also has fewer cuticle layers leaving it has less protected from the damage inflicted by combing, brushing, curling, blow-drying and straightening.
To help you on your 'best hair' journey, we have answered a number of common questions on how to best care for kinky/coily hair!
Top Issues for Kinky and Coily Hair
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I've noticed quite a few little hairs in the sink when I comb my hair. I think it's breakage! What should I do?
You’re right, it sure is breakage; but this problem can be easily remedied with just a few tricks. First things first – let’s talk tools and technique. Because coily hair has many tiny curls, be sure to always use a wide tooth comb; never a small tooth comb. Small tooth combs easily snag on the many twists, curls and coils of your hair, and quite literally rip your hair out. Secondly, always comb from tip to root, rather than the other way around. Coily hair has a tendency to tangle easily, and combing from the tips of your hair to the roots allows you to detangle gently and easily from the bottom up, without snagging and ripping the hair.
Now that you’ve got that down, let’s talk about your regimen. Coily hair is usually very, very dry, so be certain to moisturize a minimum of 3x each week. Lock in that moisture with a natural oil immediately after – this is called “sealing”. Sealing in moisturizer with a natural oil locks moisture in twice as long as moisturizing alone.
Lastly, in order to have your best hair ever, we must nourish it from the inside out, as well. Adding an all-natural supplement such as Hair Essentials to your diet will strengthen your hair and make it much less prone to breakage.
While weaves can be good for protecting your hair from damage and breakage, a common problem is that they can pull too tightly on the edges of the hair.
Let’s quickly combat this problem. Two things you will need: Hair Essentials and Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO). The quickest way for new growth to appear is to nourish your hair from the inside out. Add Hair Essentials to your daily diet. This will strengthen the new hair you’re growing, making it more resilient and less prone to shedding and breakage.
Another helpful tip is to apply JBCO 2x each day on the affected areas. Mix it with a natural oil, such as Jojoba Oil or Almond Oil to increase effectiveness and spreadability of the JBCO.
Be consistent with taking Hair Essentials and applying JBCO daily, and you should begin to see results within a few weeks.
A few more things to be mindful of when wearing weaves:
1. Be sure it is a sew-in and not a glue-in weave. Glue-in weaves literally pull the hair out of your scalp when you remove them due to the strength of the hair glue.
2. Be certain the sew-in is not installed too tightly, particularly around the edges. Very tight sew-ins cause thinning – and we don’t want that!
3. Just because you have a weave doesn’t mean maintaining your hair can fall by the wayside. Weaves can protect hair from breakage and other types of damage, but you must continue to wash and condition as normal, or else your scalp will be very, very dirty; and contrary to what many believe, hair growth can slow dramatically when the scalp is dirty.
My hair is finally at shoulder length, but it has stopped growing. What can I do to make it grow again?
Chances are, your hair hasn’t stopped growing; the culprit likely is breakage due to dryness and brittleness. In other words, your hair is breaking as fast as it’s growing, which makes it appear as if your growth has stagnated.
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Moisturize your hair no less than 3x/week
2. Take Hair Essentials daily to strengthen your hair from the inside out and make it less prone to breakage
And here’s one more quick tip! In the winter, we tend to wear coats and scarves made of materials such as wool and cotton. These materials literally suck the moisture out of our hair, which again, causes it to be dry and thus break off. Not cool! Since we don’t advise not wearing a coat during colder months, an easy way to prevent this breakage from happening is to wear a cute silk or satin scarf around your neck. Silk and satin are moisture retaining fabrics and reduce the chances of breakage; so even when you have on your wool or cotton coat, your hair will be protected with the silk or satin scarf. Make is fashionable by matching your scarf to your outdoor apparel and you’re good to go!
I’ve heard about the hair typing system. Most of my hair seems to be 4b; but in other parts, I think I might be 3c and 4a, as well. Is this normal?
Absolutely! With kinky, coily, curly and wavy textures, it is totally normal to have a variety of curl patterns. Do not fret – it’s what makes our hair so versatile!
For years I wore a relaxer, and now I have decided to grow my hair naturally. What can I do to repair my ends from the years of heat and chemical damage?
Congratulations on making the move to your naturally gorgeous self!
There is a common misconception that the hair strand can be repaired once it has been damaged, but this is simply not true. Once hair grows out of your scalp, it is no long 'alive', for lack of a better word. This means that, unlike our skin, our hair stands cannot be 'fixed' or 'repaired.' Unfortunately, you have to start from scratch — which you’re currently doing – and grow new, healthy, damage-free hair.
The good news is that you can speed up this process with a great all-natural hair supplement, such as Hair Essentials. In addition to proper washing, conditioning and moisturizing, you must be certain to feed your hair from the inside out if you want to see the best results. Hair Essentials is a perfect complement to your natural hair regimen because it repairs and revitalizes damaged or dormant hair follicles and stimulates growth, which will help your hair grow longer and stronger, cutting down on the damage you’re contending with currently.
Tips To Make Your Kinky and Coily Hair More Manageable
Drink an adequate amount of water each day for strong, shiny hair – at least 8 cups a day.
When it comes to achieving your best hair ever, ingredients are key. Think of it being similar to what we all know about fitness and health. It’s common knowledge that in order to attain optimal health, we shouldn’t be eating fast or processed foods, and we should consume a good mix of natural vitamins and minerals. But we don’t always think of our hair as requiring the same needs. Truth is, our hair needs just as much love and attention to be just as healthy as we want our bodies to be. Water is the most moisturizing thing you can possibly give to your hair. Of course you’re going to wash your hair, but are you hydrating your hair from the inside out? Some of the healthiest-haired ladies in the world are known to drink up to a gallon of water a day. While I realize the vast majority of people aren’t going to go quite that far, be sure to get at least 8 cups in a day.
Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase.
As mentioned above, silk and satin are “moisture-retaining” fabrics and allows the moisture you put in your hair to actually stay in your hair, thus allowing you to retain length. Conversely, cotton and polyester pillowcases suck the moisture out, causing brittleness and breakage. So be sure to sleep only on a silk or satin pillowcase at night. Select on in a pretty color to match your bedroom décor and you’re good to go!
After washing your hair, soak up excess water with a plain white tshirt, rather than a towel.
A common habit after washing is to dry hair with a bathroom towel. But the long fibers in most towels are actually too harsh for coily hair. And colored towels are even worse – the dye further dries out our already dry hair. An easy (and better!) remedy is a plain white tshirt, which has much shorter fibers that can’t get caught in the coils and twists of our hair. The plain, white color won’t further dry hair out either.
Trim your hair regularly.
Trimming, not to be confused with cutting, is a necessary thing. A lot of coily-haired beauties don’t want to trim their hair for fear of losing some of the hair we’ve worked so diligently to grow long and strong. But the fact of the matter is that untrimmed ends are likely to split, causing your hair to look pretty terrible. The longer you go without trimming, the worse it gets, because those split ends will surely travel up your hair shaft, eventually causing you to have to trim more hair to remove the awful frizziness that comes along with split ends. A good rule of thumb is to have your ends trimmed once a season, or four times a year. With a good trim, you’ll barely notice any real difference in length, anyway.
Nourish strong, healthy hair with Hair Essentials™.
Good nutrition is critical for building strong, lustrous, healthy hair. Deficiencies in specific vitamins, minerals and other nutrients can result in weaker, dryer, more damage-prone hair. Hair Essentials™ provides more than 20 herbs, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids, and other essential nutrients that provide complete support for healthy hair. Hair Essentials™ is the most comprehensive hair supplement on the market, and is doctor-formulated to repair and revitalize hair follicles and nourish strong, healthy hair growth. The 100% drug free, certified gluten free, all-natural ingredients are quickly absorbed where they work in combination to:
- Promote flexible, resilient hair that is less prone to breakage and split ends
- Moisturize scalp, regulates oil production and helps cells to retain water
- Protect hair follicles against oxidative stress and styling damage
- Nourish scalp creating a healthier environment for hair growth
- Improve circulation to the scalp for support of healthy hair growth
- Seed follicles with nutrients needed for the structural development of faster-growing, healthier hair
- Provide vital nutrients for the structural development of healthy hair.