Natural Hair: Styling Tips for Your Hair Type

At Studio 86, we specialize in helping our clients highlight the beauty of their natural hair texture. We’ve noticed that many clients who have textured hair (i.e. wavy, curly or coily) struggle with caring for their hair. This is due to the fact that textured hair is usually very dry and sensitive to styling tools, making it difficult to style.

Although our Toronto hair salon opened just last year, our head stylist Kahlae has over 10 years experience working with natural hair textures, especially natural black hair. She’s seen it all and knows first-hand that if you get to know your hair type, and which products and styling techniques work best for your specific texture, you might actually fall in love with your hair’s naturally beautiful qualities.

What’s Your Natural Hair Texture?

What if you don’t know what hair type you have? You know it’s curly, but what kind of curls are they? Did you know there are three different categories of textured hair? If you didn’t, don’t worry… that’s what we’re here for! Here’s our quick guide to help you understand why your hair does what it does, and how to make the most of your natural hair texture.


Wavy hair is often thin and lies close to your head – it’s not coarse or particularly voluminous. The waves can range from subtle to almost curly. People with wavy hair can usually style it quite easily, and either go straight or play up the waves depending on their mood.

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Hair care tips for wavy hair:

  • If your hair is on the thinner side and the waves aren’t too defined, use a light shampoo and conditioner that won’t weigh your hair down
  • If you have thicker, frizzier waves, use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to tame frizz
  • Use light styling products that will help define waves without being too heavy, such as mousse or gel
  • Try a volumizing product to boost the roots
  • Use a diffuser or let your hair air dry for defined waves


Curly hair has more definition than wavy hair and curls are usually springy and s-shaped. Curl circumference can range from thin to thick, but curly hair is often thin in texture. Curls can be easy to define or straighten without too much effort, however, the tighter your curls, the harder they are to tame.

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Hair care tips for curly hair:

  • Use moisturizing shampoo and leave-in conditioner to define curls and fight frizz
  • If your curls are on the tight and frizzy end of the spectrum, use a rich, nourishing conditioner
  • Style with gel or styling cream to define and moisturize, or butters or oils if your hair is very dry


Natural black hair is usually coily in texture and can range from thin to coarse. It’s dense but the actual hair shaft has fewer cuticle layers, which makes it more prone to damage from styling. Coils can be s-shaped or more like zig-zags, and some don’t have much definition at all, resulting in afro hair.

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Hair care tips for coily hair:

  • Avoid brushing or combing your hair when it’s dry
  • Fight frizz by sleeping on a satin pillowcase or wrapping your hair in satin before bed
  • Instead of shampoo, use a conditioner that has cleansing properties (also known as co-washing)
  • Use a deep conditioner once a week or more if your hair is very fragile, and use a wide-toothed comb to detangle
  • Style with hair moisturizers such as milks, oils, creams, heavy puddings, or butters

We hope this natural hair texture guide helps you make the most of your gorgeous, natural hair! Remember, Studio 86 specializes in helping the beauty of your natural hair shine through. If your hair could use some TLC, book your appointment at Studio 86 today!


  1. 5 Myths About Natural Black Hair Care | Studio 86 Salon - April 29, 2014

    […] 3.) Too much washing makes your hair dry. Textured, natural black hair is usually on the drier side, which might make you think that frequent washing will only make it drier. But water will not hurt it! Your hair will only get drier if you’re using stripping shampoos and conditioners that don’t have enough moisturizers. If you’re using moisturizing products, you shouldn’t have a problem. To learn more about the products that work great for natural black hair, check out our post on Natural Hair: Styling Tips For Your Hair Type. […]

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