new here - is this 3c?

I am having hair troubles and have come here in hopes that I can learn how to solve them!

I have very thick coarse hair and am trying to learn how to manage it. I have been doing the no shampoo/cowash thing for many years and also use a bit of hair oil and gel in my hair.

But my hair seems to becoming more "awful" as I get older. It seems to be getting more puffy and frizzy and I don't wear it down at all these days.

To figure out where to start, I'm trying to figure out what kind of hair I have. Please note that in these pics, my hair is heavily weighed down by gel!

Thanks!!!

Last edited by rockstar025; 05-22-2011 at 09:10 PM.
your hair looks like mine sort of!

I would say I'm 3b/3c. I honestly don't know what I am...I think I'm right in between 3b and 3c, like 3b.5 lol.

But just know that your curl pattern is only a tiny bit of what you need to know when looking for products for your hair!
This makes sense...

All I can say is that my hair is really coarse, frizzy and thick. But how do I know if it is porous or not? I don't ever use dye...
You can do a water test.
Take a strand of hair and put it in a bowl of water leave it there for a while. If your hair floats then it is not porous and if it sinks then it is porous.
Yeah that's combo hair. I see mainly S curl 3b in my opinion but some S type 3c tossed in there.

Check out this website to help you determine curly hair care.. products ingredients and what not: www.livecurlylivefree.com
I am having hair troubles and have come here in hopes that I can learn how to solve them!

I have very thick coarse hair and am trying to learn how to manage it. I have been doing the no shampoo/cowash thing for many years and also use a bit of hair oil and gel in my hair.

But my hair seems to becoming more "awful" as I get older. It seems to be getting more puffy and frizzy and I don't wear it down at all these days.

To figure out where to start, I'm trying to figure out what kind of hair I have. Please note that in these pics, my hair is heavily weighed down by gel!

Thanks!!!
Originally Posted by rockstar025
Your curls looks a lot like mine! I'm 3b/c. Your picture is small, but I bet your hair is fine and not coarse. I always described my hair that way too, until someone finally clued me in that my hair is very curly and I have a tons of it (it's thick in that way), but the actual strands themselves are not coarse or thick, they're actually fine.

Oil and Gel are probably not your best combination of things.

My Story in case it can help at all: Once I read the Curly Girl Handbook (the newest one is great if you don't have it yet) and started using the right products, it changed my life! I only get Deva haircuts by Deva Trained stylists now, shape is very important for my hair.

I use Deva No Poo, then Deva OneC conditioner as a leave in (really important for my hair and I leave quite a bit in), then I use Curls in a Bottle (CIAB) or Curl Keeper raked through with my fingers, then AG Re:coil on top (raked in with fingers then scrunched). I've tried many gels, but AG Re:coil gives me great clumping and frizz control, so I always go back to it. Ulta carries all of these except CIAB and Curl Keeper, which I have to order online.

I clip my roots so I don't have "flat head" on top, then diffuse with my blow dryer, because my hair takes forever to dry! Once it's completely dry, I scrunch it to give it more volume and get rid of any crunch. It's too funny that I scrunch it get a little more volume, because I would have HUGE, POOFY hair if I didn't use the right products.

Anyway, that's what works for me. You might try them, but just know, you will find things that work great for you too! You have great curls!!!
3B, with some 3C
Thanks for the tips, Laney! I will definitely try them out.

I do want more volume at the roots (and less at the ends!) and have tried the clipping method, but it really didn't work for me. I think I just don't have the right method. Do you have any tips or know where I could find the "right" method?

Thanks!!

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