Coarse is indeed a confusing term. My hair is weird when it comes to how it feels. Sometimes it's as soft as silk, yet at other times there is a certain roughness to it. I just thought my individual strands looked really big, course, massive, but I don't really have compared it to other people's hair (except for my mother's then). I will definitely start comparing, a frame of reference would be really helpful.
I had no idea that a simple word like that has so much variety! We call them "elastieken" in Dutch. This is the plural btw, singular would be "elastiek." I just never came across the word during my BA English Language & Culture.
And thank you! I take great pride in my hair and I'm hoping that knowing my properties will help me in enhancing my curls