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What is Coily Hair?

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What is Coily Hair? What is Coily Hair? What is Coily Hair?

If you have naturally curly hair, you may be wondering what exactly makes curly, kinky, and coily hair different. With so many hair terms, it can be difficult to determine which term best describes your hair type. Lucky for you, we’re here to fill you in on what coily hair is—clearing up the differences between the various curly hair types in the process—and share the best hair care and hair styling products for coily hair.


Coily hair is a type of curly hair that is super voluminous. Also known as Type 4, coily hair refers to strands that form tight curls in a zig-zag pattern from the scalp. To answer your earlier question on coily vs kinky hair, coily hair is also sometimes referred to as kinky hair. This naturally curly hair type has a very dry and spongy texture. Within the coily hair type, there are three subcategories based on the size of the hair pattern. Here’s how to determine which of the three different types of coily hair you have:

You have 4A coily hair if…your strands form S-shape coils that are super small, dense, and springy.

You have 4B coily hair if…your strands are in a “Z” shape, bending at sharp angles. Your mane is also densely packed.

You have 4C coily hair if…your hair has a similar texture to type 4B but has tighter coils that are more fragile.


When it comes to deciding on a hair care routine for coily hair, you want to keep in mind that your strands are naturally dry, so keeping them hydrated is key. Try to find a hair care line that is specifically formulated for curly locks to help ensure hair gets all the moisture it needs to look its best! Here are our best hair care products for coily hair:

L’Oréal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Shampoo: This shampoo, which is formulated with coconut oil, pairs with the L’Oréal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Conditioner to help quench your mane for soft, manageable curls. Your hair will be left without frizz and your curls will be defined. This shampoo is also super gentle on your hair thanks to its sulfate-free, salt-free, and surfactant-free formula.

L’Oréal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Sculpt & Hold Cream-Gel: This hair treatment will condition and shape your curls without weighing them down. Your coils will be smooth, hydrated, and defined.

L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Curls Shampoo: This shampoo will give your coily hair the TLC it deserves when used in combination with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Curls Conditioner. The formula hydrates and nourishes curly strands to leave you with defined, bouncy locks. The hair care system will work to improve dryness in a single wash.

L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Curls Re-Nourish Mask: To complete your coily hair care routine, you’ll need a hair mask. This mask will rehydrate, restore, and reinfuse bounce into your curls.


One of the best ways to style your coily mane is to embrace your curls and rock them au naturale. Of course, doing that involves using the right hair styling products to maintain and manage the coily shape of your strands. Small braids and dreads are also great options to tame your coils while allowing your hair to be totally on-trend. Here are our best hair styling products for coily hair:

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Curve It Curl Taming Cream: Using a hair cream on your coily hair is a great way to help define the natural pattern of your coils and keep them from wrapping around each other. This cream will soften, tame, and define your locks. Simply apply it to damp hair and scrunch. Then, it’s up to you whether you want to blow dry your mane or let it air dry!

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse: This hair mousse will define your curls without leaving them sticky. Instead, you’ll be left with soft, bouncy curls.

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream: This lightweight cream will de-frizz and smooth out your curls! Apply it to damp hair before blow-drying.

Ready to show off your coily hair? Check out our article, 6 Heat-Free Ways to Style Curly Hair for some heat free hairstyle inspo.