Not sure what to use for your coarse, dry curls and coils? Here is a list of ingredients that are especially effective, along with product recommendations.  

The characteristics of naturally coarse hair

  • Loses moisture easily

Ever wonder why your hair is unable to maintain moisture? Believe it or not, hair that is tightly coiled is finer and drier than other hair types. The curls and the coils of this hair type make it difficult for your hair’s natural conditioner, sebum, to absorb and seal in moisture. When your hair loses its moisture, it becomes dry. Consider your hair regimen and Make sure to keep your hair properly moisturized.

  • Prone to breakage

Hair texture that curlier and kinkier is naturally delicate and easily prone to breakage. All the tugging and pulling with combs and brushes causes your hair to lose its ability to maintain elasticity and eventually break. Give your hair some love and remember to by treat your hair right.

These 5 ingredients and products will work for your coarse hair's worst problems.

1. Raw Shea Butter

Shea butter is an ivory colored unrefined butter that is derived by African shea nut. Known for its thick consistency, shea butter is often whipped with a blend of organic oils; it is also used alone as a moisturizing sealant to protect coarse hair from dryness and breakage.

Try: SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter with Frankincense & Myrrh

2. Marshmallow root

Marshmallow root is a natural hydroglycolic plant found in Africa. Known for its soothing and healing capabilities, this root extract has been proven to treat sunburns and dry, itchy skin. Marshmallow root is also acts as a natural detangler because of its amazing slip. This attribute helps break through those tough knots and tangles, allowing your fingers to easily glide through the hair.

Try: Kinky Curly Knot Today

3. Bentonite clay

Found in natural shampoos, bentonite clay is a natural cleanser that detoxifies and gets rid of dirt and product buildup  without stripping away your hair’s natural oils. Not only that, bentonite clay brings your curls back to life, and producing soft, silky, defined curls.

Try: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

4. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a natural emollient extracted from a mature harvest coconut. Unlike heavy oils such as castor oil, coconut penetrates the hair shaft to provide and maintain moisture. Because coconut oil maintains moisture balance, it prevents your hair from becoming dry and brittle.

Try: Darcy's Botanicals Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Conditioning Oil

5. Hydrolyzed protein

Consider using conditioning treatments that include hydrolyzed protein. They refresh your curls, build and maintain your hair’s elasticity, and prevents breakage. It’s best to use hydrolyzed protein treatments to prep your hair for heat styling.

Try: Green Beauty REAL Protein Treatment

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