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How Do I Master Thick, Coarse Hair?

Although thick and coarse hair is a blessing in many ways, it can also be a hassle. Fine-haired friends might be envious of your strands, but few would welcome the challenge of brushing a major mane.

Although thick and coarse hair is a blessing in many ways, it can also be a hassle. Fine-haired friends might be envious of your strands, but few would welcome the challenge of brushing a major mane.

But this mission doesn’t have to be impossible! With the right tools and a few quick tricks, you can be walking out the door with a fierce 'do in no time.

 

How do I master thick, coarse hair?

 

Master the Art of Detangling


The trickiest part of styling thick, coarse hair is detangling. To prevent damage and get a sleek look, you need a good comb. Top stylists swear by the GHD Detangling Comb, and it's the perfect tool for the job.

Detangling hair while it's wet can save a ton of time. A good hydrating conditioner makes the process much easier by smoothing over your hair’s cuticle. It’ll be a breeze to slide a detangling comb through your slick strands.


Working with Wet Hair


You might've heard that hair is fragile when it’s wet, and that’s true. If you attack your strands while they're soaked, you can cause a lot of damage. When you add a conditioner, however, you're reinforcing your strands. That said, you still want to be careful when you're combing wet hair.

Whether your hair is wet or dry, you should work from the bottom up. Take a section of hair and start combing from the ends. Your goal is to put as little pressure on your hair as possible. If you start yanking the comb downwards, you’ll put out a ton of hair.

 

How do I master thick, coarse hair?

 

Working with Dry Hair


If you're going to start with dry hair, do a quick detangling with your fingers. You can get out some of the toughest knots this way without worrying about getting your comb stuck.

Once you've smoothed out your hair a bit, grab a top-notch detangling spray, such as cult fave Kevin.Murphy Un.Tangled Leave In Conditioner. Spritz it all over, and then slowly work your way through your tresses with a detangling comb.

Once you've gotten all the tangles out, you can grab your brush and start styling your hair for a perfect finish.


Choosing the Right Brush


Though lots of gorgeous gals swear by boar bristle brushes, they aren’t right for thick, coarse hair. The flexible bristles just aren’t strong enough to get through coarse strands. To tackle a thick head of hair, you need a brush with strong nylon bristles.

Ready to start shopping? There’s no better brush on the planet for coarse hair than the Mason Pearson Universal Nylon Brush NU2. Once you go Mason Pearson, you’ll never go back.

 

How do I master thick, coarse hair?