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How to Care for Curls and Coils at Home

Because your curls deserve the best.

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Sb2101 Bh Hair 0034 1Photo: Suech and Beck, Styling: Franny Adler

Bring your curls and coils to life

If you have curly or textured hair, then you might have come out of 2020’s limited salon access and WFH reality in a different headspace. “There’s absolutely been a shift—there’s a lot more women now embracing their natural texture,” says Janet Jackson, hairstylist and owner of JouJou Hair Studio in Toronto. To bring your curls and coils to life, Jackson emphasizes hair care. It’s the foundation that involves using the right products while committing to a routine of cleansing, conditioning and treatments. “Now people are seeing the importance of it, because they’ve had to take care of their hair themselves and not necessarily leave it to a professional,” she says. Start smart and a big payoff awaits. “If you don’t have the proper hair care, then your styling products aren’t going to work the way you hope,” says Jackson.

Scientifically, curls are drier and more delicate than straight strands. They have a different protein composition and more cuticles on the outer layer, making them more prone to breakage. The essentials to support those needs includes sulphate-free shampoo, a sulphate-free and nourishing conditioner, and a hydrating mask, to be used every two to four weeks. “The mask is paramount for maintaining health, especially in the winter. You need it to add moisture and replace any kind of protein the hair needs,” says Jackson. Generally, hydrating and reparative products are best. But individuality also plays a major role in how your curls and coils look and respond to products. “There is no one regimen for everyone. It’s about figuring that out on your own, based on experimenting,” she says. Do your research first. “Understanding your hair type is key before choosing products.”

With a solid care routine established, you can turn your attention to styling products and techniques. Learning about finger coiling, shingling or the rake and shake technique, for starters, could be game-changing. Playing with cocktailing products (mixing a product that hydrates with one that offers hold or definition) will also lead curls and coils to a happy place. As will Jackson’s vital take-away. “Embrace frizz,” she says. “A lot of times, the first thing we think—and have been marketed to think—is that we need to eliminate frizz to get that perfect curl. With textured hair, you actually have to embrace it. It’s about having the right kind of frizz.”

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Zotos All About Curls Lo-Lather Cleanser

A sulphate-free shampoo with low lather gently removes product buildup.

$14, sallybeauty.ca.

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Nexxus Curl Define Conditioner

Silk protein and marula oil create an intensely moisturizing conditioner that also helps with detangling.

$17, product coming soon to Shopper’s Drug Mart 

(Related: Are You Washing Your Hair Properly?)

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Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate +Shea Butter Hair Mask

Treat curls to a hydrating trifecta of shea butter, coconut oil and aloe vera water.

$11, shoppersdrugmart.ca

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Moroccanoil All in One Leave-In Conditioner

Multi-use and milky, this lightweight spray helps detangle, protect against heat damage and refresh second-day curls.

$32, sephora.com.

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LUS All-in-One: Curly

Developed in Toronto, this nourishing cream softens and defines curly hair—without stickiness or a crunchy feel.

$18 USD, lusbrands.com.

(Related: How to Trim Your Hair at Home)

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Marc Anthony Strictly Curls 3x Moisture Curl Control Styling Jelly

Whether used for cocktailing with another product or as a finishing step, this jelly enhances texture with flexible hold and definition.

$11, pharmaprix.ca.

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Originally Published in Best Health Canada