Before I went on my natural hair journey last year I had such negative language towards my hair. I didn’t even know the word coil and just assumed I had no curl pattern and it was just what I like to call bush and a bit embarrassing. My hair was always a problem to sort out with a relaxer or blowdry ASAP. I have nothing against a fabulous power blowdry, weaves or relaxer and I do love a good hair whip but they should come from a place of love and acceptance, of your own natural hair texture, which I never had. Here, I caught up with Aveda’s Master Director to learn how to categorise curls & coils, as one head of hair can have multiple textures. The more you learn about your hair, the better you can prescribe the right hair care and styling products and techniques. Knowledge is power and the more you can demystify your curls, the more you can love them!

 

 

 

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  • Samantha Bernard

    As a very-dark skinned 40-something, my hair is a mix of both, as around the top is Curl, while the back & sides are atad Coil – also known as Kitchen-Hair, a saying of Tough2Comb hiar within my St.Lucian desent family. Is this normal?
    Thanks. ☺
    Samantha, a.k.a The 4th Non-Blonde.

    • ateh

      Thanks Samantha!!! Yes my mum’s a Trini and my hair was called just plain bush in our house! One head of hair can have multiple curl patterns and coils and this doesn’t surprise me. When you start to understand the different textures you can start to understand the different products you need. The back and sides may love more nourishing oils and butters like Shea/ coconut oil Avocado to define and the top might like lighter formulas and oils like jojoba and apricot oils? Have a go!!! Let me know how you get on! Ateh x

    • Atehjewel

      Thanks Samantha!!! Yes my mum’s a Trini and my hair was called just plain bush in our house! One head of hair can have multiple curl patterns and coils and this doesn’t surprise me. When you start to understand the different textures you can start to understand the different products you need. The back and sides may love more nourishing oils and butters like Shea/ coconut oil Avocado to define and the top might like lighter formulas and oils like jojoba and apricot oils? Have a go!!! Let me know how you get on! Ateh x