Coarse or fine refers to the width of your individual strand, so if your hair is coarse the width of the strand is wider than a strand that is described as fine. Additionally coarse hair does not refer to how your hair feels or even look aesthetically.
You may find that product recommendations based solely on the hair typing system may not work very well for you because of the huge diversity even among similar curl sizes. A lot of trial and error may be in the cards for you.
In terms of your regimen what it further means is that you can’t weigh your hair down with heavy butters* and oils* because your hair will break, literally. Our hair has the tendency to be porous anyway so if you hair is porous and fine, you don’t have a lot to work with in terms of weight of product, using chemicals like color or even heat styling.
You want to pick quality products that are light but work to add moisture keep your hair healthy. For example using aloe vera juice* for moisture, is foolproof or using coconut oil* to seal and maintain your strands is again smart and you don’t have to worry about what’s in it.
7. Regular heat and color may never work out for your hair – The thing is if there is a chance it might kill your hair, you might want to politely say no thanks, and walk away. Kinky* hair can be considered porous naturally so with high porosity doing anything to further degrade the strand is not healthy to say the least. Obviously if you do decide to use any of the two you have to pay close attention to the protein side of your regimen and make sure that deep conditioning* is a priority.
8. The rate at which your hair grows is not determined by your texture but it will always appear to grow slower – If you have 4b 4c high shrinkage hair and you are a healthy person, your hair is growing.
You need to do your best to make sure you have great growth by eating well and exercising but know that your texture has nothing to do with your ability to have long hair. It may appear to grow slower because your shrinkage is much higher than others with looser textures but it is growing! If you want to retain length, then focus on the health of your hair, protective styling and low manipulation techniques.
Do you have high shrinkage 4b and 4c hair and what challenges have you faced?