Though coarse hair is usually associated with curls, it’s actually determined by the thickness of your strands. Coarse hair has a wide diameter and looks more wiry than silky. You can have coarse strands whether your hair is straight, curly, wavy, or tightly coiled! Want some insider tips on how to care for your coarse hair? If so, you’ve come to the right place because, in this article, we’ll reveal 5 helpful haircare hacks for coarse hair.
Focus on Hydration
Coarse hair is thick and more resilient than other hair types, but it’s much more prone to drying out than fine or thin strands. Counteract this by giving your hair plenty of hydrating deep conditioning treatments. People with type one, two, and three hair should aim to deep condition their hair at least once a week, while people with type four coils should aim for two times a week. Additionally, anyone with coarse hair should consider pairing their treatments with heat. Sitting under a hooded dryer will open up your hair’s cuticles so more of the treatment’s nourishing ingredients can penetrate your strands.
Oils can weigh down fine hair and leave it looking stringy. Luckily, you won’t have to worry about that with coarse hair! Use hair-healthy oils to lock in moisture and give your hair a dose of beneficial vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. Just make sure you add water to your hair before applying oil, or you’ll block the moisture out. Though you should feel free to experiment with what works best on your hair, some of our favorite moisture-promoting oils are:
For type one hair: Argan, grapeseed, and almond oil
For type two hair: Coconut,
For type three and four hair: Avocado, olive, castor oil
Avoid Drying Ingredients
Although coarse strands are thick, they still need to be handled gently if you want them to look their best. Harsh ingredients like alcohol, parabens, and sulfates will strip your hair of its moisture and leave it looking lifeless and dry. Try to stick with natural formulas that are packed with wholesome ingredients.
It’s important to note that not all alcohols are the same. Fatty alcohols are plant-based emollients that soften the hair and aid in detangling. Some of the beneficial alcohols you should look for include:
Use Products That Are Made for Your Hair Type
Although manufacturer claims and exotic ingredients might be tempting, using the right product for your hair type is the best way to care for coarse hair. Type one and two hair doesn’t pair well with oily products, but type three and four strands benefit from heavier creams and oils. Moreover, lighter-weight products are an excellent choice for hair types one and two, but they don’t provide the moisture or control hair types three and four need. Though your hair type will determine how thick or thin your products should be, opt for deeply hydrating formulas with a rich texture.
Limit Heat Styling
When you style your hair with heat tools, you’ll likely have to crank up the heat to get your desired results. That is especially true for type three and four curls. But no matter what your hair type is, try to avoid heat styling as much as possible. Heat damage will leave coarse strands looking dry and brittle, so take protective measures before applying heat. Invest in a high-quality styling tool, and always use a heat protectant.
Coarse hair is a gift once you get the hang of styling and caring for it. It holds onto styles well and often has plenty of natural body and volume. We hope the hacks we’ve gone over today enable you to tame your coarse strands and make every day a good hair day!
Author: Andrea Reyes
Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.