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How to Manage Medium to Coarse Hair

How to Manage Medium to Coarse Hair

If you have hair on the thicker side, you might not always know how to tame it. Yet, your hair can pull off styles like no one else! So embrace what your momma gave you! You just need to learn how to manage it and style it properly. Here are some tips on managing medium, thick, naturally coarse, and/or wavy hair.

  1. Find the right cut for your hair. This is an extremely important first step. If you want short hair, go for a look that is longer on top and short on the sides. This works well for both men and women. You can use a wax or pomade for a messy look that is easy and attractive. If you have longer hair, try a cut with long layers. Start the layers around your cheekbones and continue to whatever length you like. Medium, shoulder length hair with layers looks great on women with thick or coarse hair. Thick hair is also great for bangs, but ask your hairstylist which type of bangs will look best with your face shape. You might want to try blunt bands, side bangs or wispy ones. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from a professional on what style will look best with your hair type and face shape.
  2. Medium to thick and/or coarse hair does not need to be washed often. It usually looks better when it has not been washed for a while. When you do need to wash it, make sure to look for a shampoo with less chemicals and no sulfates. Sulfates can create dryness and frizz. Follow up with a conditioner or conditioning treatment to keep your hair strong and soft. Look for a conditioner that does not contain silicone because it can weigh down your hair. If you start noticing a buildup in your hair, use a clarifying shampoo once a week. This is especially helpful in the summer when you are outdoors more, swimming and/or staying in the sun. Keep in mind if you start to wash your hair less and it becomes oilier, this often balances out in a few weeks. Be patient and use dry shampoo if you feel that you need it in the transition period.
  3. Style correctly for your hair type. After you wash your hair, blot your hair at the roots and let air dry for a while. Try using a microfiber towel or even a really soft T-shirt. Once your hair is still damp but drying, add a styling cream or wax, depending on your hair’s length or your desired hair style. If you use a blow dryer to finish drying your hair, use a heat protectant to protect the hair from damage. If you have curls, use a diffuser to dry your hair so it won’t be frizzy. Dry hair at the roots first and try to let it air dry before you start drying to avoid damage. Use a large barrel brush to dry your hair if you want to blow it out straight. Separate it into sections and use your brush to curl the hair towards your face and dry it. Avoid using a paddle brush because it can just add frizz to your hair. Finish with cool air to seal the cuticle and use hair spray lightly.

Do you have medium to thick, coarse hair? What do you like or dislike about it? Do any of these tips help you manage it? Share with us!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing