Having coily hair, means that your cuticle layer’s scales are naturally raised and don’t lay flat. The raised cuticles causes your hair to be less effective at keeping in moisture, making it less shiny and not as smooth to the touch as straight hair.
When you hair is dry, it also tends to frizz and tangle more easily. Also when dried out hair meets humidity in the air, it will suck up the water from air and go back to the shape it was before, making it difficult to style. That is why moisturizing and protection is the key to healthy and beautiful coily hair.
Moisturize and protect
Be sure to use a conditioner after every hair wash, and apply a moisturizing hair mask once or twice a week, to keep your hair soft and frizz free.
The hair oils doesn’t run as smoothly down the hair shaft, leaving the mids and ends looking frizzy and dull. Add a leave-in conditioner, hair oil or hair serum daily to your mids and ends, for a healthy and shiny finish to any hairstyle.
Coily hair should always be tamed using a wide-toothed comb or an afro pick. Gently run your fingers through your hair before combing it, to get rid of the larger knots. Then comb your hair from the ends to the roots to minimize the damage. Use a spray conditioner, hair oil or a detangling spray if needed.
Make it a habit to thoroughly comb your hair before taking a shower, or comb your hair gently under the running water with your fingers. During a hair wash, you might want to separate your hair into smaller more manageable sections, to wash them individually to avoid tangles. If your hair is tangled from the shower, go through the locks with a wide-toothed comb gently, but generally avoid combing it after the shower, to preserve and enhance your natural curl pattern.
Use caution with relaxers
Always choose a professional hair stylist when using relaxers on your hair. Touch-ups should only be done 3-4 times a year, and only newly grown hair should be treated. Never apply relaxer to hair that has already been relaxed, as it will cause extensive damage. A more natural approach can be jojoba oil, that act as a conditioning agent to straighten Afro-ethnic hair locks.
Styling coily hair has never been easier. After a wash, just finger comb a styling- or curling creme into your hair while it’s wet. Remove the excess water with a soft fiber towel, and leave it to dry naturally without combing it to preserve your natural curl pattern.
Hairstyles like braids, cornrows and weaves are great protective hairstyles, that ensures that you won’t have to comb and detangle your hair excessively. If it hurts when you’re getting your hair styled, ask the stylist to stop and redo it. If your hairstyle is painful, it also means that it’s damaging your hair.
It is always preferred to let your hair dry naturally, but if in a rush you can still enhance your curls using a diffuser. A standard blow-dryer usually creates a strong wind blowing your hair in all directions, which can cause a lot of tangles, frizz and uneven curls. A diffuser disperses the air and focuses it around the curls. Apply a curling creme into your hair sparingly, flip your hair upside down and hold the diffuser steadily at one spot at a time, since the escaped air can make your hair frizz. Work through your hair until dry.
Avoid heating tools
Heating tools like curling wands, blow dryers, straightening irons and ceramic combs will dry out your hair and make it look frizzy. These tools are best avoided or kept for special occasions, as it will damage your hair.
When using heating tools, be sure to choose tools of great quality, and use on low to medium settings to avoid extensive damage. Also prepare your hair with a heat protecting balm or serum, to protect your delicate locks.
Preserve your curls
Sleeping on your hair can be quite devastating on your curly look, but there are ways to preserve your curls while sleeping;
Sleep with your hair on top of your head
Sleeping with your hair on top of your head will take some time getting used to, but if you can, it will save your curls beautifully. Try sleeping with your hair in a lose bun on top of your head, or wrapped in a satin bonnet.
Some people suggest switching out your pillowcase with a silk or satin pillowcase, as it won’t tuck on your hair as much when you turn your head. Be aware that a silk/satin pillowcase is quite a hot surface to sleep on, and that scrunching up your pillow becomes impossible if you’re used to that.