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    I've noticed people get heated when people use the world curls/curly etc. but not as much when coils is used. Is there a difference between the two or are people just less sensitive to the word coils?

    (Just wondering out of curiosity btw)

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    There is a difference, IMO.

    Coils are tight, watchspring-looking spirals. Curls are loose and wavy-looking. Different textures.

    But I think you are talking more about the attitude surrounding the terms. Since this site is about nappy hair and trying to guide people over the anti-nap bias, people will naturally get upset at folks coming on here talking about "Thank God I have curly hair!". That just reeks of the whole slave-based "good hair - bad hair" dichotomy and forumers won't abide by that BS on this site, our nappy haven. forum is supposed to be a refuge against that. Not to say that forum is anti-curl, because it isn't. We just don't tolerate folks who come with an attitude that reflects a belief that curly hair is better and more desireable or, as a certain poster recently stated, "an even better reason to go natural". There are plenty of curly-hair sites to patronize if curlyheads want to separate themselves of the nappy family. If one is curly and considers oneself to be nappy, fine. We welcome everybody who considers themselves nappy. But peeps can take those "Congratulate me on having curly hair!" threads and shove them where the shea butter don't reach.

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    width

    now where the line is drawn, who knows

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    im glad yall schooled be b/c i thought they were the same. coils are skinny, curls are fat....but basically have the same shape. coils single out, curls bind/clump.

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    im glad yall schooled be b/c i thought they were...

    This is generally true, but I will say that some coils clump. I have coils that I would not classify as curls because of their width, but they clump together with 10-15 strands a coil.

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    Personally,

    I think curly and coily are the same. Like some curls clump more than others, and not all curls curl the same. But usually people refer to black people as having coily hair, unless they are questionably black.

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    There is a difference like Sekhmet said.

    Here is a example how I view coils

    and curls

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    I think of coils as another type of 4-b. It's not a zigzag pattern, but it's still nappy.
    coils = nappy = 4-b

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    I once asked this question (about spirals versus coils) on another site, and one of the gals gave a great visual:

    She showed a spiral as a spiral staircase, and she showed the coil like the coil of a hose.

    The curl has space in between the bends, while the coil does not. Someone else said that looser hair textures have spirals, while tighter textures have coils.

    I have really tight coils and I have coils that I call spirals, but they're really looser coils.

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    I once asked this question (about spirals versus coils) on...

    dang it... just what i was gonna say!

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    I once asked this question (about spirals versus coils) on...

    yeah, what she said. my tiiiight, clumpy coils [any excuse to post this pic ]:

    jazi, what in the HELL are those "curls"? Old crab legs?? _headshake:

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    I once asked this question (about spirals versus coils) on...

    ointlaugh: ointlaugh: Girl I don't know they look like curls. :P

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    I didn't know that there was a difference between the two either. Thanks for teaching me something new.

    Q

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    Thank ya, I'm less confused. So tight= coils and loose= curls...Got it

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    I believe they're different.

    Also I am sure that Coils can become curls from length/weight. For example when I BC'ed, my hair was EXTREMELY coily. But over time due to length the coils stretched out and I got more "S's" than coils.

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    yeah, what she said. my tiiiight, clumpy coils [any excuse...

    lol. Took the words out of my mouth. Yeah Jazi. I stopped chewing to take a good look. What the hell is that? It looks like the crust from bread or perhaps something that belongs outside (and if you took the picture, I can't believe you brought it in your house [if you found it ouside and if you did where do you live so I can avoid that area _eek13: ], did you wash your hands, need a tetanus shot?). and what does the penny mean. Is it there to show just how crusty the bread is?

    It's official. You've been award the what the hell is that award. _headshake:

    immediateright: You're the runner up. Your picture looks as mysterious has Jazi's. _headshake:

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    one is beautiful and the other is....

    beautiful

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    yeah, what she said. my tiiiight, clumpy coils [any excuse...

    ointlaugh:

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    I have not read the other responses yet, but in my mind there is no difference. A coil is a just a tighter curl or spiral. They are all curls to me. Curls come in different diamaters. I do believe some nappy hair can also be classified as curly. I have some curly and coily hair on my head and I call it all nappy.

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    yeah, what she said. my tiiiight, clumpy coils [any excuse...

    Thanks I'll take it. Girls ya'll just use your imagination. I got that picture off of google. :P

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    I personally don't draw a distinction. I just thnk there are different sizes or shapes of curls. Some curls are tigher than others with more shrinkage, and some are looser with less shrinkage. I also don't think it's good to draw toomuch distinction between the two because it seems to only serve as further separation amongst us. It's all nappy to me

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    I personally don't draw a distinction. I just thnk there...

    Yes, I agree. Coils are simply just spiral curls without the need to be technical.

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    I personally don't draw a distinction. I just thnk there...

    I hear you. Hair is hair.

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    yeah, what she said. my tiiiight, clumpy coils [any excuse...

    girl, you are killing me. ointlaugh: i read this before but i had to come back and re-read it today for a good laugh

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    yeah, what she said. my tiiiight, clumpy coils [any excuse...

    lol, shuger what you talkin bout?? - my pic is clear as a bell! the pencil is there for contrast, foolio. :P where's ya glasses? _eek13: [and your outpatient papers, for that matter? ]

    jazi, you still haven't really answered the question. op:

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    coils=curls=nappys

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    lol,* * shuger what you talkin bout?? - my pic...

    pencil?

    boy you gotta love the artist.

    your image resembles an ink blot that you'd find on a Rorschach test.

    at least with Jazi picture I was able to identify the penny in the photo. :P

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    As said before its all nappy but I think of coils as curls when others describe my hair they often say tiny tendrils or ringletts...in other words nappy little curls

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    Jazi,
    WHAT THE HELL IS THAT PICTURE OF?? My goodness. It looks like petrified hoof clippings.

    coils = tiny springs that make perfect little "o"s when squashed down
    Curls = well... curls

    ~Molly~

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    I personally don't draw a distinction. I just thnk there...

    ITA

    Jazi......OT, I love your avatar. Very pretty hair.

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