Think you know your hair type but can’t seem to find products that will work for it? Chances are, you may not be as in tune with your hair type as you thought. Below is everything you need to know about determining your exact hair type and what products will work best.
What Curly Hair Looks Like:
Curly hair comes in the form of big loose, very defined curls. Curly hair can be fine, medium-texture or coarse. It twists as it grows and the number of twists affects how curly your hair looks. The more twists = the more curls. The number one problem of having curls is frizz and dryness. The natural twists in curly hair textures makes it difficult for the hairs natural oils to reach and moisturize the strands— causing frizz and dryness. In addition, dryness makes hair susceptible to damage since it reduces the number of hydrogen bonds in your hair. Hydrogen bonds make the strands more flexible or elastic.
What Curly Hair Needs:
To tame frizz and enhance moisture, keep your hair well conditioned. Use a deep conditioner at least twice a month. Applying heat to the hair can aid in drying, therefore air drying is recommended for curly hair. Work products through hair in the direction of your curl pattern. After styling, leave hands out of hair until it is completely dry to prevent frizz. Humectants hydrate and prevent puffiness. Natural oils smooth curls.
Curly Hair Care Guide:
Start with our sulfate-free Almond & Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo to cleanse, moisturize and detangle the hair. To strengthen and nourish your curls, apply Banana Nut & Avocado Deep Treatment. Thirsty Kurls Leave-in Conditioner will prevent frizz, while making hair easy to detangle and give great curl definition. For Wash N’ Go days, use Jelle Coconut Styling Gel to give shiny, defined curls without the flakes or crunch. Kurl Defining Creme can be used as a daily moisturizer to tame frizz and define curls.
What Kinky Hair Looks Like:
Caring for kinky curly hair isn’t easy but the results are worth it. Kinky hair like curly hair consists of well defined loose curls that resemble miniature springs. With each individual fiber having its own curl pattern. Kinky Curly hair can be fine, medium-textured or coarse. Very voluminous with tight ringlets that look like corkscrews. This hair is a cross between curly hair and kinky coily hair.
What Kinky Hair Needs:
Major problems of Kinky Curly Hair are dryness, extreme frizz, breakage and brittle hair. This hair texture craves moisture and protein.
This hair type is tightly curled, can be naturally more porous and dryer than curly hair, and is easily damaged from manipulation. The best way to care for kinky curly hair is less manipulation, protective styling and limited heat styling. Condition at least twice a week with a leave-in conditioner. Deep condition 2-3 times a month. To lock in moisture and close the hair cuticle always rinse out conditioners with cool water. Warm water opens up the cuticles- rinse out shampoos with warm water. Moisturizing/sulfate free shampoos are best for your hair type.
Kinky Hair Care Guide:
Start #WashDay with a sulfate-free moisturizing shampoo and conditioner like Almond & Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo and Thirsty Kurls Leave-in Conditioner. For daily moisture and defined curls use Kurl Defining Creme. For easy, Wash N’ Go days use Jelle Coconut Styling Gel. To strengthen curls and promote healthy hair, include a weekly deep treatment into your hair care regimen like Banana Nut & Avocado Deep Treatment.
What It Looks Like:
Mirror Mirror on the wall who has the most fragile curls of them all. Kinky Coily hair is the most delicate of all curly hair textures. This hair type requires a lot of moisture and TLC. Coily hair can appear thick and coarse, wiry to fine-textured, kinky to very tightly coiled or zig zag. Lack of moisture and curl definition are the most common problems. Coily hair has fewer cuticle layers than other curl types which makes it more susceptible to dryness, damage from manipulation and breakage.
What It Needs:
Deep conditioning treatments used once a week helps hydrate parched strands and build strength. Protecting hair at night with a silk/satin pillowcase or bonnet is a must for this delicate hair texture. Leave-in Conditioners must be used after every wash to help the hair become elastic and easy to detangle. Moisturizing sulfate free shampoos will cleanse the hair without stripping it of the moisture that it needs. Styling products like moisturizing cremes are great for this hair texture because they add moisture and curl definition. Styling gels are perfect for long lasting curl definition. A hands off policy after styling must be enforced to avoid frizz with this hair type. Chemical treatments are a no no. A combination of protein, moisturizing and oils treatments are preferred to keep hair healthy and shiny.
Coily Hair Care Guide:
Use moisturizing sulfate-free cleansers and conditioners that offer a lot of slip like Almond & Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo and Thirsty Kurls Leave-in Conditioner. Weekly treatments of Honey Ginger Protein Deep Conditioning Treatment will make the hair more manageable, add shine, nourish and promote growth. Papaya Avocado Curl Milk will detangle on contact while moisturizing and defining curls for easy styling. Hemp Flaxseed Curling Jelle will provide strong hold while sealing in moisture and shine for elongated curls. Kurlee Tropical Oils Blend can be used as a hot oil treatment or daily shine enhancer to revitalize the hair.