The words "coily", "wavy" and "curly" are sometimes used as synonyms in everyday language, but they are really 3 different types of curly hair:
- Coily hair forms very tight Z or S curls. They are often fragile and need a lot of hydration. This is type 4 in André Walker's typology, the hair with the densest curls.
- Curly hair forms tight, well-defined curls.
- Wavy hair has an S-shaped wave. This type of hair is less fragile and less voluminous than coily or curly hair.
Coily hair is naturally fragile because its shape prevents the sebum produced by the scalp from reaching the lengths, which need it to stay moisturised. It is therefore often dry and easily damaged. This type of hair also tends to be porous and swells in humid weather.
To keep your coily hair healthy, it’s essential to use moisturising products to give your curls the nutrition they need.
Many people resort to hair relaxing to get their hair straight because they think it will make their hair more beautiful and easier to maintain. But this process is very aggressive to the fibre of the hair, which becomes porous, fragile and very thin. In addition, hair relaxing products contain chemicals that can damage the hair.
For the health of your hair, avoid relaxers and replace it with moisturising treatments that nourish and define your curls.
The key to healthy hair is to moisturise it daily. For coily hair, this means using nourishing treatments and repairing masks. Here are the three steps to the ideal hair routine for coily hair.
Choose a nourishing shampoo for coily hair that contains naturally derived ingredients. Avoid formulas that contain harsh chemicals or substances as they can dry out your already fragile hair. Choose moisturising ingredients such as shea butter or cupuaçu. Since coily hair rarely gets greasy, it usually doesn't need washing more than once a week. Spacing out your shampoos gives your hair a break and allows it time to absorb the masks and repairing treatments you apply.
Klorane shampoo for coily hair is formulated with ultra-gentle and nourishing ingredients. Rich in fatty acids, it nourishes the hair to the ends and cleanses without drying. The secret of its effectiveness: Organic Cupuaçu butter, an active ingredient known for its restorative properties.
Coily hair is often fine and tangles easily. To avoid breaking or damaging hair fibres when styling, always apply a detangling and repairing conditioner to strengthen your lengths and make them easier to detangle.
The organic Cupuaçu conditioner from the Klorane hair care range is made of 96% naturally derived ingredients. It makes detangling a breeze, nourishes the hair fibres and provides lasting protection. If your hair is very dry, you can also use it as a cleansing balm instead of your usual shampoo.
The most important step in a coily hair care routine is applying a repair mask. Ideally, you should use it in the evening and left on overnight to allow the active ingredients to penetrate the hair and form a long-lasting protective shield. To avoid drying out your hair by washing it too often, choose a leave-in treatment that you can apply daily.
The 3-in-1 mask from the Klorane range for coily hair repairs and provides long-lasting strength to the lengths of the hair. You can use it as a day mask, a night mask and a leave-in treatment depending on your current hair needs.
If you use a hair dryer or straighteners, it’s also important to protect your lengths to avoid weakening them. That's why we've developed a heat-protecting serum for coily hair with Cupuaçu butter, which coats and strengthens the hair fibre so that your curls stay shiny and supple after blow drying.
Styling coily hair is a real challenge: it tends to tangle and curls lose definition when brushed. But with the right care, this type of hair is no more difficult to maintain than any other.
To style your hair without altering its natural shape, brush only when it is damp, after applying a detangling conditioner. Use a wide-tooth comb and avoid conventional hairbrushes, which are not suitable for your curls.