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What is coarse hair and how to make it soft and silky? 

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Coarse hair is often confused with thick or curly hair, but its concerns include dryness, frizz and stubbornness. Check out our tips to better understand coarse hair and how to care for it! 

What is coarse hair? 

While coarse hair can be dry, it doesn’t have to be. Hair can be wavy or curly or even straight and still be coarse. 

Experts define coarse hair as having a wider circumference per strand than other hair types.

How to make coarse hair soft and silky? 

Looking for how to treat coarse hair? Incorporate the tips below into your routine! 

Hydration, hydration, hydration 

When dehydrated, our skin becomes dry, which can cause roughness on our faces and bodies – including our scalps! Healthy scalp = healthy hair. 

Nourish your hair 

The best way to nourish your hair is by using a deep conditioning treatment once a week or every other week. Apply an oil-based moisturiser on your scalp before washing, for both scalp and strands. 

Rinse with purpose 

A hair rinse is a product that you apply to your hair after shampooing it. It adds shine and moisture to the hair. It can be used on all types of hair regardless of its texture. 

Try co-washing 

Co-washing means that you only use conditioner to wash your hair, and not shampoo. This will keep your hair from getting too dry, and help it stay healthy.

Oil up 

Coarse hair textures tend not to absorb moisture easily so you will need an oil treatment once every two weeks at least to keep your hair from drying out.

Ease up on the heat 

Blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons can cause damage to your hair if they are not used correctly. Heat protectant? It's a must. The best piece of advice? Try to avoid using heated tools on coarse hair. 

It takes time and patience to get soft, silky hair. Stick to any of the tips from the article and you'll have that sexy head of hair you always wanted. 

Coarse hair FAQ 

1. What’s the difference between thick and coarse hair? 

Thick hair = hair density/number of follicles on the scalp 

Coarse hair = the circumference of a single strand of hair 

Thick, coarse hair and thin, fine hair aren't mutually exclusive. You can have one or both. Knowing your hair density and texture will help you create a hair care routine that suits your specific needs. 

2. Is coarse hair 4C? 

Not necessarily. Coarse hair is not a specific type of hair texture. 

3. Can coarse hair become soft? 

Yes! Especially if you follow the tips above. 

4. Is coarse hair healthy? 

Coarse hair is dry and brittle because it doesn't have enough natural oils. 

The most important thing is to take care of your hair according to its type, choosing the right products for your concern. Take our quiz and find out which hair care products are best for you. 


Take our quiz to get a free scientific debrief of your hair type and personalized list of products.

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