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Your ultimate guide to managing coarse hair

Your ultimate guide to managing coarse hair

Are hair care problems living rent-free in your head? If yes, then it’s time to create a regimen that will keep your hair woes at bay. But first, you need to understand your hair type, because this little detail will help you chalk out a routine that is tailored to suit your hair’s unique requirements. Be it curly, wavy or fine hair, you will find multiple products catering to their specific requirements. However, when it comes to coarse hair, it hardly gets its due attention.

If you are curious about coarse hair and whether you have this hair type or not, you have come to the right place.

What is coarse hair?

To put it simply, coarse hair has the widest and largest diameter among all the other hair types. In fact, anyone with curly, coiled, wavy or straight hair can technically have coarse hair. Although it is high on volume, coarse hair feels slightly rough when you touch it and is prone to moisture evaporation and dry ends.

How do you know if you have coarse hair?

A simple test can help you decide whether you have coarse hair or not. Take a hair strand and roll it between your fingers. If the strand feels thick between your fingertips, then you have coarse hair. While some people are born with coarse hair, others can develop the texture as a side-effect to prescribed medication, hormonal imbalance, or conditions like thyroid.

Typically, coarse hair feels thick and heavy, which brings us to another question— are thick and coarse hair the same? Technically, No. We'll tell you the difference.

Difference between coarse hair and thick hair

The terms “thick” and “coarse” are often interchanged when addressing a hair type, which results in the confusion between the two.

• When you talk about “thick hair”, you are referring to the density of the hair follicles on your scalp, which means you have more follicles, or in a layman’s language, more hair on your head.

• Coarse hair, on the other hand, implies that your hair shaft has a wider and larger circumference than other hair types, and feels more sizeable when you run the test on your hair strands.

Identifying your hair type and density will help you figure out the best ways to manage your hair and care for it.

Your ultimate guide to managing coarse hair