There’s many misconceptions around coarse hair and how unmanageable it is compared to other hair types. Some people may feel insecure about their coarse hair, but it’s important to remember that this hair type is common amongst lots of people and ethnicities! It’s a natural hair texture, with the individual strands’ circumference being thicker and wider than other hair types. The feeling of coarse hair is more substantial when you roll a strand between your fingers than that of fine hair.
What’s the difference between coarse and thick hair?
While coarse hair refers to the circumference of an individual strand of hair, thick hair refers to the density of hair follicles on your scalp. Having thick hair means you have more hair follicles on your scalp and more hair on your head than some other people.
Tips for taking care of coarse hair
Everyone has some combination of these two types of hair, and knowing how to take care of your coarse hair will help you manage and style it the way you want. Check out some of our tips below!
1. Avoid alcohol-based hair products
Hair sprays and gels can help you manage and style your hair, but a lot of these products contain alcohol that can strip your hair of moisture. Coarse hair can be especially prone to damage with these products as they can dry out easily, so we recommend to opt for alcohol-free or low-alcohol formulated hair products instead.
2. Limit your heat styling routine
As with using alcohol-based products, heat styling will also strip your hair of moisture and can lead to drier, frizzier, and less manageable hair. Try to keep heat styling to a minimum if you have coarse hair, and keep the blow dryer about 6 inches away from your hair if you plan to use this method.
3. Take your vitamins
Vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, C, D, and E, iron, biotin, and niacin also help with healthy hair growth! You can take these vitamins via the food you consume, or consider taking them as a supplement.
4. Try deep conditioning masks
A perfect self-care treat and a great way to nourish, moisturize, and soften coarse hair is by using deep conditioning hair masks. You don’t have to take a trip to the salon or even splurge on hair care products - try making your own DIY hair masks with natural ingredients like coconut oil, aloe vera, and avocado! Always be sure to follow a trusted mask recipe and try to maximize its benefits by keeping the hair mask on overnight.
5. Use the right hair removal product
If you want to remove coarse body hair, you should keep in mind the hair removal products and techniques that can be the most effective for this particular hair type. Depilatory creams are a good option to use for coarse hair that’s more prone to ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Try out our Veet® Hair Removal Kit Bikini Sensitive Skin* for an easy-to-use coarse hair removal option around the bikini line!
*Read product label before use.