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Kinks, Curls and Coils?

Curly, coily, kinky – however you choose to christen your hair, it’s that magical texture that makes us so proud. Let’s start at the root and get scientific: the curl of our hair is determined by the shape of the follicle. If it’s oval-shaped rather than circular, the hair grows out coiled – kind of like when you pull ribbon between your thumb and a scissor blade to make it curl (clever, right?). The narrower the oval, the tighter the coil. It’s for this exact reason that curly hair tends to be drier and needs less washing than straight hair; oils from the scalp find it more difficult to slip down the hair, as it’s more of a corkscrew journey from A to B. Once you’ve got these two facts on board, it’s so much easier to understand our hair and how it behaves. Your hair needs nurture and acceptance, rather than neglect and trying to make it something it isn’t.

Understanding your curl type and hair density (how much hair you have rather than how thick each strand is) is crucial for that, and for finding the right products and routines to bring out the best they can offer. Just to note: don’t fret if your hair doesn’t 100% fit into one of the categories. Curlier sections and not-so-curly areas are normal, so just map out your head and treat each bit accordingly.

Curly Hair Types