Coarse hair is a term used to describe the thickest one of all hair types and refers to a natural texture of hair shaft that many people share due to their genetic predisposition. There is a myth that coarse hair is hard to manage, but in fact, any hair type requires attention and a unique approach.
How do you know you have coarse, not just thick hair? The general rule of thumb is that if a separate hair strand is thicker than a sewing thread, it is coarse hair then. Usually, coarse hair is dry, frizzy and susceptible to hair breakage.
As even the best thinning shears cannot make such thick strands frizz-free in a salon, you should establish a healthy hair care routine at home. Here is everything you need to know to care for coarse hair properly:
1. Don’t Overwash Your Coarse Hair
The number of times you wash your hair per week is an individual matter, and you indeed may feel the need to wash it daily. However, frequent washing can result in lifeless and dry hair and leads to hair breakage, so it is not recommended to wash coarse hair more than twice a week.
Choosing the right shampoo and conditioner is essential. Look for hair products based on organic, natural ingredients – like wheat germ, avocado or coconut oils. They help retain moisture in your hair, preventing it from becoming dry and brittle.
2. Take Conditioning Seriously
Applying frizz-taming leave-in conditioner right after you wash your hair is a necessity. Still, it will not be enough to soften your coarse hair and properly moisturise its dry strands. Fortunately, there are some additional treatments you can introduce into your hair care routine:
- Try a deep-conditioning method. Find a deep penetrating conditioner for your hair type and use it for nourishing your hair at least once a week. To do so, you will need to apply conditioner along the entire length of your hair, paying particular attention to your hair tips. Leave it for about 30 minutes to let the moisturising components soak in every hair shaft, and then rinse it with lukewarm water. Make sure to check the instruction on the bottle, as some brands require it to apply heat for better penetration.
- Make a DIY hair mask. Thus, you can be sure all the ingredients are natural and safe for your hair type. The easiest (but incredibly effective) recipe is to mix olive oil with honey in equal proportions and apply a hair mask to damp hair. You can either leave it for 10 minutes and apply some heat using a blow-dryer at the lowest setting, or keep it for half an hour under a bathing cap. Then rinse your hair thoroughly until the water is clean.
- Stick to the oils. Using natural oils (such as olive, avocado, or coconut oil, etc.) should be an integral part of treating dry, curly hair. Make sure to opt for hair care products based on them as well as start using them independently. Once you find oils that work best for you, get in the habit of applying one of them to your hair tips after each washing. Another beneficial method is to apply oil to your hair and leave it overnight once a week to maximise the effect.
3. Read the Labels
Coarse hair requires a meticulous product choice, so it is vital to know which ingredients may worsen your hair condition to prevent additional damage. The most straightforward rule to follow is not buying products if there are any ingredients you cannot pronounce. But here is a list of products you should avoid:
- alcohol (dries out the strands and worsens their overall condition);
- sulfates (also provoke dryness);
- silicones (can build up on your hair and weaken it);
- bleaches and dyes (strip your hair of moisture).
Another beneficial thing to do is give up styling products. Coarse hair may be challenging to put in a hairstyle without using foam, gel, or mousse, but most of them are usually alcohol-based. Coarse hair actively absorbs all the styling products’ components, making it difficult to treat the strands and make them soft and silky.
4. Minimise Heat Styling
The negative effect of using too much heat appliances is a well-known fact, so ensure that you use alternative methods to dry your hair. First of all, it is time to switch to a microfibre towel or hair turban (an old T-shirt will work just fine, too). Secondly, whenever it is possible, just let your hair air dry.
However, if you have to use a blow-dryer or another styling tool, ensure to set it at the lowest heat possible, use a diffuser and a heat protectant!
5. Enrich Your Diet
What you eat always determines how you look, and hair is not an exception. To keep your coarse hair healthy and improve its condition, you should not neglect nourishing it from the inside. It is crucial to get enough vitamins C, A, E and D alongside minerals like iron, biotin, and niacin for your hair to stay healthy and shiny.
Going for supplements is an option, but it will not make up all the deficiencies if your diet is not balanced. Your hair needs healthy fats that you can find in fish and seafood, avocados, nuts and biotin-rich foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, and cantaloupes to fight brittleness and prevent hair loss.
Coarse hair due to its texture can absorb moisture and additional components of hair products so well that sometimes, unfortunately, it leads to undesirable effects. You may notice that your hair becomes dry, dull, and prone to frizz. The reason for that is improper care.
Haircare goes way beyond the products you choose for your hair type, so make sure to acquire some healthy habits to maintain your coarse hair shiny and tame. It includes not only implementing some new techniques for washing, conditioning, and drying your hair, but also sticking to a healthy hair diet. Only a comprehensive approach will make your hair your main subject of pride, not a burden!
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