Care Tips for Captivating Coily Hair

October 28, 2020

Care Tips for Captivating Coily Hair

There are different wave patterns that determine one’s hair type. Today, we will talk about how to care for fabulous coily hair and how to keep those locks fresh and healthy!

Coily vs. Curly

What is the difference? Coily hair falls next to curly hair on the level of hair types. Commonly, it’s much more voluminous than most curly hair. This type indicates how tight the waves are and the texture of one’s hair.

What does coily hair look like?

Coily hair is a type of curly hair that is super voluminous. Also known as Type 4, coily hair. It refers to strands that form tight curls in a zig-zag or corkscrew pattern from the scalp. A 4A coily hair type consists of S-shaped coils that are tight and springy. Type 4B hair tends to have z-angled patterns with a wiry texture. Both types will need conditioners that address frizz, with oils and nutrients that help to hydrate the hair.

Coily hair is also sometimes referred to as kinky hair. This naturally curly hair type tends to be very dry and spongy in texture.

Learning how to style coily hair is a journey: you need to get to know your own curl pattern and keep close attention to what works and what doesn’t. Does this mean that coily hair needs more TLC than other hair types? Partly, yes and we are going to talk about proper hair care below.

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There are numerous hair care options for coily or kinky hair. A lot of hair care products work well on both types since they fall near each other on the style chart. Selecting the ideal hair care solution depends on your hair’s texture, dryness, and damage level. Additionally, if you style with heat daily, color your hair regularly, or use heavy products, we need to consider the best options. But first, let us deal with the main enemy of coily hair: Frizz.

Frizz is the number one menace of hair in general. Regardless of the hair type, length or thickness, it can seem like it is an unavoidable enemy. Some of us have probably learned to simply accept or work around it, but it does not have to be the case. With proper care and the right products, we can achieve oh-so-captivating coily hair!

How to Care for Coily Hair

Now, even if it seems that coily hair requires high maintenance care, it can actually be easier than you might think. Making sure to have good maintenance and practicing healthy hair habits, keep our strands looking healthy. One of the best things about coily hair is it can look classy and carefree at the same time. Since it has a personality all its own; it’s full, bold, and beautiful. With Coily hair, the volume is no longer a problem. We just need to ensure that you use the right products and techniques to keep your coily hair fresh and captivating.


Where does frizz come from? Ultimately it is caused by a lack of hydration. Dry, thirsty hair will draw water out of the atmosphere which will then cause frizz. Often, when we moisturize the length of our hair, we neglect the roots. So the remedy is to apply products closer to your scalp so that your hair is moisturized from root to tip. When you cleanse with shampoo, massage it to the scalp and gently open up the cuticles to receive the vitamins.


You may use leave-in creams to tame the frizz and moisturize hair at the same time. But for really stubborn and wild frizz, do not be afraid to use a gel or pomade to provide the needed support to those unruly strands.


The most critical thing to remember when caring for coily hair is hydration. Because of the density of this hair type, it’s normal for it to be prone to dryness. Due to this, it's best to condition your hair regularly with a leave-in product that can be absorbed before, during, or after a shower. Haircare products infused with ingredients like argan oil or shea butter do wonders for your hair to keep it moisturized all day long.


How often you wash your locks should really depend on how quickly you experience greasiness or build-up. Your physical activity is also something to consider because of the sweat. It depends on you how often you wash but it is not recommended to do it daily.

washing hair

In general, many people find that washing coily hair once a week is enough. If this method is not comfortable for you, try washing every other day or co-washing mid-week. Co-washing involves using a clarifying conditioner instead of shampoo for more gentle hydration.


Many shampoos contain harsh ingredients like sulfates, which are a type of detergent that strips your hair in the process of cleaning it. Luckily, Osensia has sulfate-free shampoos that will thoroughly cleanse kinky hair without harming or drying it out.


Coily or kinky hair needs deep conditioning. It is recommended to do it once or twice a week to lock in moisture. Use hair masks or deep conditioners made with natural, hydrating ingredients such as shea butter, aloe vera extract, honey, and olive oil. Select a product that works best with your hair. In the process of trial and error, you will surely find your match. For best results, use a plastic cap to cover your hair. Allow the deep conditioner to penetrate and leave it for at least 15 minutes and up to an hour. Time depends on the package instructions.


The environment is proven to wreak havoc on our hair. We need to protect hair from the sun’s harsh rays, humidity, and other conditions that can dry out the hair such as chlorinated water in pools or heat styling. To save our delicate tresses, cover your hair when outside and use a heat protectant product when using a blow dryer or curling iron.


Another serious cause of frizz is product build-up. We often use a lot of heavy products and sometimes even layer like mousse and gel onto our hair. And since it is not recommended to wash hair daily, it piles us and flattens the hair.

Over time, the compounds form a layer on the hair that is preventing moisture from penetrating. This makes the hair dry, frizzy, and unresponsive to attempts to hydrate. What gets most affected is hair nearer the scalp. Hence, a quick fix would be to try using a deep cleansing shampoo made from natural ingredients to remove all of the products and get your hair ready to receive the moisture it deserves. Give your hair a break to stop it from breaking.


Imagine your full and coily hair. Getting tangles will be normal but how you take care in detangling it really makes the difference. Using the proper tools and nourishing your hair can help you there.

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Use a gentle detangling brush to deal with those knots without stressing the hair. Spray on a primer to get it ready and pleasant. Just apply it liberally on the lengths and untangle the hair with a good detangler or wide-toothed comb. Make sure to comb gently to avoid breakage.


Heat is harmful to hair - that is a fact. And heat on coily hair can lead to damage. If you still plan to use heat, do it sparingly. Invest in a good blow dryer with a nozzle that will help lessen the time of exposure to heat. If possible, just air dry your hair.

To also speed up drying time and save time, style your hair when it’s damp instead. Refrain from using too much product that leads to a longer wait time. Another option is to use a blow dryer with a diffuser on low heat or cool setting to speed up the process. There are many ways to style hair without using heat so do not be afraid to experiment and try something new.


If the damage has been done and your hair is already suffering from split ends, hair fall, and frizz, do not lose hope. This may take some time but revitalizing our damaged hair is still doable. You can go for natural alternatives like some of the hair treatment options I would recommend below, or use products that are packed with nutrients and vitamins for the hair.

For extremely damaged hair, heavy protein treatment plus deep moisturizing is highly recommended. Styling damaged hair may be risky and processes like coloring and heat treatments would be so detrimental to hair health. You need to be patient and look forward to healthier hair.


If you are looking to pamper your coily hair in between washes, do it with natural remedies. Take your pick from the following:

  • Castor oil - moisturizing, soothing, nourishing, and thickening.
  • Aloe Vera - stimulates blood circulation on the scalp
  • Coconut oil - moisturizing, softening, and invigorating

For the hair to fully absorb the oil, apply it from roots to the ends. You may wrap the hair in a warm towel if it is really dry. Let it soak for 15 to 20 minutes.

And there you have it! Surely our routines will vary from person to person and like I mentioned, do not be afraid to experiment. Just remember that your coily hair needs extra TLC. Its health is in your hands.

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