Every individual varies in terms of hair density and texture. To accurately identify yours, roll a single strand between your fingers – if it feels thicker than thread, then that indicates coarse hair.
Black males tend to have coarse, 4A-4C hair types that require moisturization for it to look its best and manageable. Regularly using an appropriate moisturizer can make these coarse locks soft, and painless, and reduce dryness/breakage/thinning, which could otherwise occur over time.
Coarse hair has an inherently thick texture that, with proper care, can look beautiful. However, A significant issue that plagues this type of hair is dryness and brittleness. To combat this issue, it’s vital that you deep condition your hair regularly. Deep conditioning involves applying a rich and stimulating formula directly onto your locks – either under a hooded dryer or shower – with high concentrations of nourishing ingredients to penetrate each hair shaft for healthier, softer, smoother locks that look less frizzy and are better moisturized. Consider including hair masks or hot oil treatments into your routine to further nourish and strengthen your locks, reducing frizz and dryness while trimming every 6-8 weeks for split ends prevention. Furthermore, using wide-tooth combs/brushes/combs with wide teeth and a heat protectant before styling will also ensure healthy locks.
Coarse hair can present unique challenges when cared for correctly, including dryness and frizz issues, but when treated appropriately, it can result in lush locks. Try co-washing (washing your strands with conditioner) to hydrate them during co-washing sessions, while applying light serum or hair oil post-shower can prevent damage and frizz by protecting its ends against damage and frizz. Another effective way of determining if you have coarse hair is by rolling a strand between your fingers and comparing its thickness against that of sewing thread; if your strand feels thicker, that is an indicator that it could be coarse hair. To keep thick locks looking full and manageable, try opting for a pixie cut or pompadour style and styling it with a hair pomade that defines without being too heavy. TRESemme Keratin Infusing Smoothing Serum may also help tame coarse locks.
Coarse hair can be beneficial and damaging, but proper care and products, can produce healthy and luxurious locks. Coarse hair refers to thicker strands than other textures – whether straight, wavy, curly, or tightly coiled; you could still have coarse locks! To determine whether your hair is coarse, pick up one strand and roll it between your fingers – if it feels solid and thick, that indicates rough hair texture. Alternatively, you could test its texture by moving one between two fingers along with the tip of a sewing thread – if one of the strands seems thinner than its counterpart, that indicates finer texture – Try different styling options on your coarse hair to see which works best. A volumizing product or hairspray with light hold usually does the trick, while frequent heat styling could dehydrate and make managing it harder.