There is a lot of confusion about coarse hair. Coarse hair can mean a lot of things in the natural hair community. It most commonly refers to hair that is thicker and wider in strand width than medium or fine hair. Some people incorrectly refer to hair that is dry or unhealthy as coarse hair. Coarse hair is not a condition caused by over styling or damage! Coarse hair is a type of hair and offers beautiful variations within that hair type category. From hair that is kinky all over to hair that is tighter in certain spots and looser in other areas for a curl pattern unique to you! While coarse hair is not meant to be a negative word applied to dry, damaged hair as it often incorrectly is, as a type it is more prone to dryness and damage. When it comes to coarse hair treatment, we have a few pointers for our curlies!
Most of us who have coarse hair struggle with keeping strands moisturized. The most important coarse hair treatment is keeping hair full of moisture to help avoid frizz and dryness. Look for a coarse hair treatment product rich in natural emollients meant to penetrate strands and lock in moisture such as shea butter, coconut oil, and raw honey. These natural ingredients are great for hair of all types but especially helpful for curls. Check out curly care options like Alikay Naturals Moisture Rich Hair Parfait or Mielle Organics Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioner for deep hydration using natural ingredients.
It is important to know what is in the products you use on your hair, from shampoo to styling products. Coarse hair is prone to breakage and struggles to retain moisture so using products made for other hair types will dry out strands faster. Don’t make it harder on yourself by using the wrong products! You want to avoid products known for stripping away the natural moisture found in hair, such as shampoos with sulfates because you need all the natural oil you can get to keep hair hydrated. Aside from using a sulfate free shampoo, make sure you use a conditioner that offers nutrients hair needs like vitamin E and keratin, to help fortify against breakage. Some of my favorites are Karen’s Body Beautiful Complete Hair Conditioner and Curl Company Keratin Emulsion. When it comes to styling, products with silicones can be your best friend, if used correctly. Silicones seal strands for a sleek appearance for frizz-free curls you’ll love to show off!
When caring for your hair, it is a matter of preference, and no two heads are the same. Experiment with different products and routines to find what works best for your beautiful curls!