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Kinky Texture

Discover your texture

Hair Rules Texture Spectrum

Hair Rules Texture Spectrum - hair texture can be understood as being somewhere with in a texture spectrum that moves from straight to wavy to curly to kinky.

Straight

Wavy

Curly

Kinky

1A-1C

Straight textures are known for their uniquely unbending, flowing pattern. They can have fine to coarse strands.

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2A-2C

Wavy textures have a naturally, loosely curving s-pattern. They can have fine to coarse strands.

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3A-3C

Curly textures are known for their looping or spiraling s-patterns. They can have fine to coarse strands.

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4A-4C

Kinky textures have tight coiling s-patterns. They can have a range of fine to coarse strands.

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Uncover Your Kinky Texture

Hair that has a coily s-pattern. Kinky textures can have fine, medium, or coarse strands.

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Pattern: Coiling

Kinky textures can be identified by their dense, tightly spiraled coils when closer to the curly portion of the spectrum, or coiled, kinky curls as they near the end of the spectrum. Due to its pattern, this texture lies further from the head than any other texture. Not sure if your texture is a curly or kinky pattern? Visit the curly texture page to find out!

Kinky patterns and textures are versatile and flexible, but they’re frequently misunderstood. How? The other half of texture, and part of what makes individual texture unique: strand thickness.

Strand Thickness

Texture goes beyond your hair’s pattern and encompasses the thickness of each strand, or cuticle, of hair. Kinky textures can have fine, medium, or coarse strands. A common misconception about kinky texture is that it can only have coarse strands, which isn’t the case. In fact, kinky textures are incredibly delicate! 

Knowing these components that make up your unique texture is important. They can help you navigate which products are going to work best for you.

Kinky 1

Fine

Kinky 2

Medium

Kinky 3

Coarse

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Kinky Hair Concerns

Your texture is unique, but so is how you treat your texture and scalp. Oiliness, dryness, heat damage, flatness, dullness, color treatments, frizziness, and more all contribute to what products you need and how to use them. Visit our glossary to identify things that are unique to you, and learn how they might be affecting your hair.

Kinky Hair Rules

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Hydration is vital

Healthy kinky textures are known for zig-zagging, spongy coils that give off a soft glow. To get there, think one thing: hydration.

When building a kinky texture routine, consider deeply hydrating at every step. By layering hydrating products, especially styling products, you’ll get the healthiest coils of your hairstory.

Try: Kinky Curling Cream

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No thank you, Suds

Truly we can’t say it enough: hydrate at every turn. For kinky textures that means avoiding suds and shampoo in a weekly hair care routine.

Instead of shampoo, coils benefit from hydrating cream cleansers. These cleansers remove product build-up, oil-based impurities, and enrich hair with moisture. They’re a win, win, win.

Try: No Suds Cleansing Cream

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Do your wash-n-go’s

Embrace the power of wash-n-go’s! Incorporating weekly wash-n-go’s to your shower routine will bring new life to your texture. Simply apply hair care and styling products in the shower.

The foundation of any good wash-n-go is the conditioner you use. By finding a rich moisturizer for your hair, it’ll bridge the gap between your cleanser and styling products.

Try: Quench™ Ultra Rich Conditioner

Products for Kinky Textures

From start to finish, we’ve got your kinky coils covered.

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HOW TO’S

A Guide to Wash-n-go’s

The key to helping your natural texture look its best comes down to three main things: consistency, hydration, and moisture.

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A Guide to Dry Hair

Here’s the not-so-great truth about dryness: it can occur for as many reasons as there are strands of hair on your head.

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Hit Refresh: Update Your Hair Care for Fall

As the weather shifts so should your hair care routine. Learn the top tips and considerations for the fall season!