Coarse hair poses a lot of problems when it comes to styling as well as when trying to choose hairstyle. Because coarse hair is thicker and drier than other types of hair it might seem that is more difficult to manage, however with an appropriate care routine, this problem can be easily overcome.
The texture of our hair as well as the thickness of the hair
follicle are the factors that determine our hair type. Coarse hair,
which is predominant among African American people has a thickness
of 100 microns compared to a normal hair type which only has about
90 microns. Although the scalp produces more protective oils than
for other types of hair, the tight curls characteristic for this
hair type prevent an even distribution of this protective oils,
making the hair drier and brittle.
As a result many people have difficulty growing long hair or styling it in an appropriate manner. Fortunately, a lot of solutions exist for making coarse hair more manageable and easier to style.
Shampooing and conditioning are very important aspects we need
to consider in order to be able to manage the hair easier. While
too frequent shampooing is not recommended for any hair type, for
coarse hair it can be quite damaging. To avoid making the problem
worse, it is recommended to shampoo your hair only every 3 three
Try choosing an organic shampoo which doesn't leave any residues on the hair and that has moisturizing ingredients such as wheat germ oil, shea butter, coconut oil or macadamia nuts which help retain moisture, coating the hair shaft and avoid volumizing shampoos.
Deep conditioners are essential for providing moisture to the hair. Cream conditioners work best for this type of hair but you can also use natural conditioners to get the same effect.
Like with any other hair type it's important to avoid excessive heat when blow drying the hair by using a heat diffuser and limit the use of heat styling devices to minimize hair damage. You should never use a heat styling device until the hair is completely dried.
For this hair type it's crucial to avoid styling products that
contain a high amount of alcohol which will dry the hair follicle
even more. Although coarse hair sometimes has the tendency to
produce flyways it's recommended to use hair gel and hair spray
scarcely to avoid hair damage.
You should consider using a homemade hairspray that can be made in no time. Orange hair spray is recommended for those who have a dry hair. You will need 1 chopped orange and two cups of water as well as a spray bottle. Boil the water and the chopped orange until half of the quantity of water evaporates and then store it in a cool place.
Hot oil treatments have also proven to be highly beneficial for softening coarse hair. Jojoba oil, argan oil, olive oil or almond oil are excellent choices for weekly treatments. You can use either one oil or a combination of oils. Oils should be lukewarm before it can be applied to the hair. Apply the oil treatment directly on the hair and gently massage the scalp in order to stimulate the blood vessels and to ensure proper absorption. Leave the treatment for at least 15 minutes or leave it overnight.
The hair styles we choose also have a strong influence over the
way our hair looks. Certain hairstyles can offer more protection to
the hair than others. Bun hairstyles, curly hairstyles, French
braids, short haircuts as well as layered hairstyles are ideal for a coarse
hair. Stay away from chemical treatments as much as possible unless
you have naturally curly hair.
Other useful tips for dealing with coarse hair is to use a comb instead of a brush and to combat frizz and to stimulate the hair follicles and to wrap your hair in a silk scarf to retain hair moisture and to protect hair ends or using a satin pillowcase to prevent hair damage. Also it is important to trim your ends at least once a month.