How to Style and Grow your Kinky, Curly, Coily Hair

I get so many questions from women who have already made the transition to natural/chemical free hair and those going through the process about how to moisturize, condition, and grow their hair so that it is always soft, manageable, and healthy.  This post is dedicated to all the women who have ever asked me how to take care of their natural locs or have scoured the internet and beauty supply aisles looking for that one product that is going tame their manes!

There are two key factors  that go into growing and styling a beautiful head of kinky, curly, coily hair and they are 1. consistent grooming and 2. using the right products.   When we first choose to transition to natural hair, many of us are excited about the new adventure we’re undertaking and look forward to the day when we can proudly wear our hair out inviting everyone to bask in the curly grandeur of our crowns.  That is until reality sets in and  we’re faced with the arduous task of taming a wild unkempt mane and we realize that “natural hair” is going to take just as much work if not “MORE” than our chemically processed hair did; nothing worth having comes easy.

So what’s a naturalista to do?  Well, this may sound cliche’ but lots of time, love, and attention is what’s going to take your hair from wild lions to domesticated kittens.  My suggestion is that when starting out you take the time to condition and style your hair in a protective style, which means one where your hair is either twisted or braided in some way, on a weekly basis.  Wearing your hair in these styles keeps it protected from the harsh and drying environmental elements like wind, dust, smoke, etc.   They also help keep your hair from breaking because the ends of your hair are not rubbing against your shoulders, head rests, pillows, etc.  and your not constantly manipulating your hair into different styles which also causes breakage. This is especially important for those ladies transitioning because your hair is very fragile at this point and the less you do to it in terms of styling the better.

My suggestion is that in the beginning you stay away from styles that must be kept in for longer than two weeks.  The longer you leave these styles in the more apt you are to experience tangling, dryness, and in some cases breakage particularly in the sensitive areas such as around the edges and temples. One of my favorite hairstyles are bantu knots, they are very easy to do and once your ready to take them down you can untwist them for a beautiful twist out you can wear for the day.

When shampooing (with a non-sulfate shampoo of course!), co-washing, conditioning, and styling your hair it is best to use products that are formulated for natural hair and contain as many organic  ingredients as possible.  The best ingredients for kinky, coily, and curly hair are Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil, and essential oils.   These ingredients not only supply needed vitamins and minerals rich in essential fatty acids to the hair and scalp, they condition and prevent breakage by sealing in moisture and smoothing down the cuticles on the hair shaft.  These ingredients also help control and prevent dandruff by properly nourishing the scalp allowing it to breath and function properly IE. no petroleum or mineral oil  present to suffocate the glands leading to hair loss.   Essential oils have anti-bacterial properties which soothe and heal scalp infections and  help hair grow by stimulating the scalp and hair follicles.  Lavender and Lemongrass essential oils have been used for centuries throughout the Mediterranean  to promote hair growth and prevent baldness.

For daily styling it is best to use a water-based moisturizer such as our Moisture-Enriching Hair Milk to hydrate and refresh your style.  The water in the product will hydrate your hair and the Shea butter and oils will moisturize which means seal in the precious H2O making your hair softer and more manageable (ie. easier to comb).  When twisting, knotting, braiding, or styling your hair in your favorite style use our Hair & Body Balms to help control frizz, smooth down edges, condition, and impart shine sans the harmful chemicals present in most styling aids.

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After a week you’ll see a marked improvement in your hair and after a month of proper care you’ll see a dramatic difference in its shine, manageability, and overall health.  I’d love to hear how you care for your naturally coily, kinky, curly hair leave a comment  below!

 

 

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One Response to How to Style and Grow your Kinky, Curly, Coily Hair

  1. Coily hair says:

    Useful information shared. I am very happy to read this article Style and Grow your Kinky, Curly, coily hair. Thanks for giving us nice info.
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