6 Tips For Managing Coarse Tightly Coiled Natural Hair





I often get questions about my natural hair, and today I wanted to share how I manage my coarse and tightly coiled hair texture.  Coarse hair has thicker hair strands than fine/medium textures and is prone to dryness and a lack of moisture, which are also characteristics of kinkier curl patterns. Although maintaining tightly coiled hair can be a tedious process, it is manageable.  Tightly coiled hair is fragile and must be handled very carefully (despite the cottony appearance).  This hair type is susceptible to tangles and breakage if not taken care of properly.  So let’s get right to my top tips!


1) You must moisturize your hair every 2-3 days.  This may seem like a lot to some, but not for those of us that have tightly coiled hair.  Natural hair that is tightly coiled gets very dry because it is difficult for the scalp’s natural oils to travel down the hair shaft.  I use a three-step process when moisturizing that includes misting my hair lightly with water, applying a hair cream, and sealing in the moisture with a little bit of oil.  I love to use Carol’s Daughter Marguerite’s Magic Restorative Cream.  It helps to manage my dry and brittle hair by adding moisture.  I even use it to do my twist outs and just add a little gel for hold.   


2) Get your hair trimmed when you start to notice a lot of split ends.  When you do not remove split ends the problem becomes worse (I know this from personal experience).  Don’t over trim, but get rid of those straggly ends.  


3) Keep styles that require a lot of manipulation to a minimum.  The constant tugging and pulling of the hair, as well as blow drying, can cause breakage if overdone.  I try not to wear styles that require a lot of manipulation more than twice a month.  


4) Work with your hair in sections only.  I have had to learn this the hard way.  It is very important not only to be gentle with your hair, but to take your time and work in sections so that you do not cause breakage.  Coily hair is subject to tangling, which can make the detangling process a nightmare.  You reduce the chance of breakage when work in smaller sections.


5) Deep condition your hair.  I think we all get lazy in this area sometimes, but it is very important to maintain your hair’s moisture, luster, and strength. Tightly coiled hair should be deep conditioned at least every two weeks, due to the dryness that most of us experience.  Protein conditioners can also be used to help strengthen your hair by placing a barrier over the hair follicle that helps to prevent further damage.  My favorite conditioner of the moment is from Eden Body Works.   This conditioner really softens my hair, makes it more manageable, and adds shine.


6) Always prep your hair for bed.  To do this, you can use a satin bonnet, scarf, or pillow case.  You can find a satin pillow case at Walmart for less than $5.00.  Sleeping on cotton can cause dryness and breakage.  In addition, if your hair is not in twists make sure to pull it back into a ponytail or puff before you go to bed to prevent tangling and matting while you sleep.  This makes styling your hair in the morning much easier.


I hope these tips will aid in helping you to manage your natural hair.  Please feel free to leave me any questions below or Tweet Me!



Author: Kim Postell

Kim Postell is the style blogger and educator behind Naturally Fashionable. She recently left her teaching job to explore other interests, which includes but is not limited to her online presence here at Naturally Fashionable and her other online business, Blog With Kim.

  • Lotachukwu Blessing Osarollor

    Hello Kim,
    This is the first time I’m encountering a natural hair blogger with hair, such as you have described it, which in fact is pretty much like mine! I have a head of full hair and have been natural for 2years plus. I noticed all the while that I was shedding hair but I didn’t worry about it cos I still had lots left. I was cocky and never bothered to treat it. Now I am paying for it! I have uneven hair all over my head, ranging from 2 to 7 inches! . I need your advise on what to do. I was advised to and I am currently using Aphogee Keratin 2 minute treatment. I was also advised to stay away from the Aphogee 2 step treatment as it isn’t good for tightly coiled hair. I have used the Apoghee Keratin 2 minute treatment weekly over the past five weeks now. I use Tresemme Naturals shampoo and conditioner. I also use shea moisture detangler and curl defining cream and I mist my hair daily with a mix of water, peppermint oil, olive oil and a little conditioner mixed with water. I do the LCO every 3 days cos the weathwer here in Nigeria is hot and humid all year round except for Nov to January when it’s extremely dry. The shedding has reduced a bit but I am not satisfied because I believe that there is a remedy out there that I haven’t tried. I would also appreciate suggestions from other readers. Thank you.