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!