All You Need To Know About Coarse Hair

All You Need To Know About Coarse Hair October 5, 2018

From separating your hair into 50 sections when straightening it to spending ages on perfecting a hairdo, people with coarse hair face many problems. Yes, coarse hair is strong and does not break easily. But what about its roughness? How can you manage that? Don’t worry! We’re here to tell you everything you need to know about coarse hair and how to take care of it.

But first, let’s answer the most important question.

What Is Coarse Hair?

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Coarse hair is different from curly, kinky, and frizzy hair. There is only one determining factor when it comes to coarse hair – its diameter! It has the thickest diameter compared to all other hair types. To be precise, it is composed of all the three layers of the hair shaft (cortex, cuticle, and medulla), unlike any other hair type.

To put it simply, a strand of coarse hair is as thick as sewing thread.

Wondering if you have coarse hair?

Just follow the instructions given below to find out!

How To Determine Your Hair Type

There are three factors that are essential for determining your hair type – the diameter, density, and elasticity of your hair.

1. Diameter

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You cannot determine the diameter of your hair just by staring at it.


To find out if your hair is fine, medium, or coarse, hold a strand between your fingers.

  • If you can’t feel the hair strand between your fingers, you have fine textured hair.
  • If you can feel the hair strand between your fingers, you have medium textured hair.
  • If you can distinctly feel the presence of a rough hair strand between your fingers, you have coarse hair.

2. Density

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Figuring out the density of your hair is another way of determining your hair type.


Grab a handful of your hair, pull it to one side, and check how visible your scalp is.

  • If you have fine hair, you can clearly see the scalp.
  • If you have medium hair, your scalp will be somewhat visible.
  • If you have thick hair, your scalp will not be visible at all.

3. Elasticity

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This step will not only determine your hair type but also help you figure out how healthy your hair is.


Pull out a hair strand and slowly stretch it between your index fingers.

  • If it breaks immediately, your hair has low elasticity.
  • If it stretches up to 50 % and returns to its original length when released, your hair has high elasticity.
  • Fine hair has low elasticity, medium hair has average elasticity, and coarse hair has high elasticity.

Many people confuse coarse hair with thick hair and curly hair. However, there are some fundamental differences between the three. Here’s what you need to know.

What Is The Difference Between Coarse Hair, Thick Hair, And Curly Hair?

Coarse Hair Pinit


Coarse hair refers to the thick circumference and rough texture of each hair strand.

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Thick hair refers to the number of hair follicles on your scalp. Therefore, the thickness of your hair determines its volume. Thick hair has nothing to do with the size of each hair strand. Your thick hair can have a fine or medium texture as well.

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When you use the words ‘kinky’ or ‘curly’ to describe your hair, you are actually talking about its curl pattern. The texture of your curly hair can be fine, medium, or coarse. It’s a common misconception that kinky hair is coarse. This could not be further from the truth. Kinky hair is the most fine-textured and fragile of all hair types.

Some people have naturally coarse hair due to their genes. But if you have always had normal hair and are starting to notice your hair getting coarser, it can be because of a number of reasons. Scroll down to the next section to find out what they are.

Causes Of Coarse Hair

  • Hormonal Imbalance (Hypothyroidism)

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The thyroid hormones secreted in your body directly affect the health of your hair. The insufficient secretion of these hormones causes hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism disrupts the structure of your hair follicles. As a result, the quality of your hair diminishes, and it starts turning frizzy.

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Calcium is essential for blood circulation, which plays an important role in maintaining the health of your hair. Calcium deficiency can ruin the texture of your hair and cause hair fall.

  • Harsh Chemical-Filled Products

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Shampoos that contain SLS are a complete no-no. They strip your hair of its moisture. Over time, this leads to dryness, and your hair becomes coarse. It then causes breakage. It’s best to wash your hair on alternate days with a sulfate-free or organic shampoo.

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Styling your hair with blowdryers, straightening irons, or curling irons on a regular basis strips your hair of its moisture and reduce the secretion of sebum.

The natural oils keep your hair moisturized and prevent frizz. Thus, a reduction in their secretion can make your hair coarse.

If you have never had coarse hair in your life and are suddenly facing this problem, it can be a pain to deal with. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to improve the texture of your hair. Just keep scrolling!

How To Take Care Of Your Coarse Hair

  • Invest In Good Hair Products

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Good hair care products here refers to products that are specifically formulated for coarse hair. Use shampoos containing fatty acids and antioxidants that help in nourishing the outer layers of your hair shafts. They keep your hair moisturized and free from breakage.

Also, do not rub your hair vigorously while shampooing it as it can cause frizz or tangles.

Co-Washing Pinit


Also known as the ‘no-poo’ method, co-washing is quite common among curly-haired women. It involves washing your hair only with a conditioner. Instead of a shampoo, you use a conditioner to rinse out the dirt. This prevents dryness and keeps your hair moisturized. This reportedly works best on curly- or frizzy-haired women. Since this method is primarily used to get soft hair instantly, it works well in improving the texture of coarse hair.

Regular Oiling Of Hair Pinit


Coarse hair lacks moisture and is often associated with low secretion of natural oils from your scalp. Hence, it is important to oil your hair regularly. Apply generous amounts of oil, especially on the ends. You can opt for simple organic coconut oil. This will keep your hair moisturized and make it more manageable.

Oil your hair before going to bed and leave it overnight. Wash your hair the next morning with a gentle shampoo. Repeat this process twice a week.

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Coarse hair is prone to breakage and split ends due to the lack of moisture. Trim your hair once every 7 to 8 weeks to remove the dead or dry ends. It also makes your hair more manageable.

  • Adopt Protective Hairstyles

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Coarse hair left untied attracts dust and dirt and is more prone to getting detangled. And detangling coarse hair can be a real nightmare as it leads to some serious breakage. So, tie your hair up in a pretty braid or an elegant bun to protect it from these stressors while still looking cute!

People with coarse hair know that the struggle is real because their hair also tends to get quite dry and frizzy. Here are few tips to deal with these two problems.

Tips To Take Care Of Dry And Frizzy Hair

Dry Hair Pinit


  1. Apply a deep conditioning hair mask at least once a week. Use hair masks that contain olive oil or coconut oil.
  2. Avoid using heat styling tools like blow dryers and straightening irons as they suck out the moisture from your hair. Let your hair air-dry instead.
  3. Use a conditioner after shampooing your hair. Over time, it will improve the texture of your hair.

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Frizz is often caused by overwashing your hair or overusing chemical products. Here are a few tips you can follow to get rid of it:

  1. Use a heat protectant before blow drying, straightening, or curling your hair.
  2. Apply a leave-in conditioner after washing your hair, and a smoothening serum after styling it.
  3. Replace your regular pillowcase with a silk/satin pillowcase. It keeps your hair in place and prevents it from getting tangled. This reduces breakage and frizz to a great extent.

With these simple tips, you can treat rough and coarse hair within days. What are your thoughts? Do you have a tip that worked really well on coarse hair? We would love to know your feedback. Comment below and share your thoughts!


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