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.
How to care for coarse hair?
Coarse hair comes with its own set of problems. Plus, it loses moisture quickly, so it's important that you learn how to care for it. This involves understanding how to wash your hair, the effective ways to do it, and which hair products are best.
Find the right hair products
Dry coarse hair needs attention and a lot of moisture. Since coarse hair has the tendency to lose moisture, you need a moisturising shampoo that penetrate the outer layer of the hair shaft and hydrate your tresses without weighing them down. While shampooing, gently work it into your hair and avoid rubbing it in to prevent frizz or tangles. Always follow it up with a conditioner and do not apply it on your scalp, else it will get oily. Instead, apply it to the ends and work it upwards.
- Focus on hair health
Dry coarse hair is quite prone to split ends. It is advisable to trim your hair every 6 to 8 weeks so that the split ends don’t travel up to the hair shaft. This way your hair will stay healthy and keep tangles at bay.
- Try co-washing
Co-washing is a great option for dry coarse hair. It involves using just the conditioner to wash your hair, as it gets rid of all the impurities and moisturises it as well. You can also apply a serum after the hair wash but avoid the scalp.
Styling coarse hair
Since coarse hair already has plenty of natural body, it offers the perfect base for different hairstyles. You can get creative with braids and updos like fishtail braid, French braids, twists, half-up-half-down and more. For casual events, you can work your hair into simple buns or ponytails. Try going easy on the styling products.
What are the best products for coarse hair?
It’s no secret that dry coarse hair needs moisture, and the best products for coarse hair are those that address this concern. It can get a bit overwhelming to choose the right one from the umpteen hair products available in the market. If you too are confused, look no further. Pantene brings to you a wide range of hair care products that are best suited for coarse hair.
• Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner
Pantene Daily Moisture Shampoo is formulated with a unique Pro-V blend that nourishes and strengthens dry hair from inside-out. Created with 0% paraffin, mineral oils, and colourants, this shampoo breathes new life into dry hair. Plus, it has three times more moisturisers, which protect your hair’s natural lipid layer, target the driest areas and leave your hair feeling soft and hydrated. Apply the shampoo to wet scalp and gently massage it into your hair. Rinse off thoroughly and follow it up with Pantene Moisture Renewal Conditioner for better results.
• Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner Daily Moisture Renewal
Fancy a salon-like treatment for your coarse hair at home? Try Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner Daily Moisture Renewal. Ideal for dry hair that needs immediate hydration, this conditioner detangles your hair, controls frizz and gives you desired results in just 3 minutes. The micronutrients in the hydration-boosting formula protects against breakage and further damage.
• Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Intensive Hair Masque
For dry hair that is in dire need of hydration, Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Intensive Hair Masque is highly recommended. It moisturises and repairs dryness and damage, while insulating and hydrating each hair strand. The result? Healthy hair that looks and feels vibrant. Created with a unique Pro-V formula that penetrates your hair’s core and moisturises it, this hair masque repairs 3 months of damage, from root to tip, in 3 minutes!
When managed properly, coarse hair will be the least of your problems. So, use these tips and Pantene products and get ready to flaunt healthier, fuller and luscious hair!