Have you ever just wanted to have a conversation with your friends about their hair? It might seem a bit odd to some, but when you have curly hair, you need all the help you can get! Maybe it’s the products they use or perhaps hearing their stories that make you realize you’re not alone.

Either way, those candid conversations are the ones that give you valuable curly hair tips to help improve your own perfect hair formula. For those with type 3 hair, you may just pick up a tip or two from yours truly and two good friends, Joanna and Tony.

A Bit About Me

After getting in a couple of interviews, I realized one of the best people to interview was me.

If you know me at all, you know that my type 3a/3b hair hasn’t always been treated with care. When I was younger, it was a frizzy mess and I had no idea how to tame the wild beast. When I was younger, I had severe knots that had to be chopped off, a horror story about my type 3 hair that I recount whenever someone comes to me for curly hair care tips.

The products I currently use are simple yet effective. I currently use Johnson and Johnson’s Extra Conditioning Shampoo (for curly hair”>, then follow up with Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream, and that’s pretty much it. Sometimes I’ll use a different mousse or, for special occasions, a touch of hairspray. But like many women, I discovered my best bet is going as minimal as possible.

Joanna’s Hair Story

Joanna’s story is very similar. Depending on the day and how she styles it, Joanna’s hair usually is within the type 3 hair range. Like many, she’s struggled with her hair.

Joanna says as a teenager, “I didn’t use any product at all. That really left my hair weird.”

When she initially began styling her hair, she used Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Gel. Joanna says she then scrunched “up (her”> hair, no diffuser.” The results left Joanna’s naturally curly hair “weird and flat,” definitely not a good combination with curly hair.

Luckily, after some time, Joanna found her stride with her curly hair care.

“I only recently started using good products for my hair. I use TIGI’s Bed Head Ego Boost Leave-In Conditioner,” which keeps her type 3 hair silky smooth.

As she says, her leave-in conditions “split ends and make my hair smooth and frizz-free.” Once Joanna is ready to style her hair, she straightens her bangs and uses Fekkai Beach Spray on the rest of her hair.

Because she prefers fuller hair, Joanna then uses her diffuser to dry and add volume her hair. Both the leave-in conditioner and beach spray give Joanna that happy medium she desires, without all the muss and fuss of uncooperative hair.

For the Boys

The world is not made up of just curly girls; there are several curly-haired boys with type 3 hair out there, as well. Tony, who has type 3b as well as 3c toward the back, says that his “hair could be great-looking but I can’t get it to be that way without a lot of work.”

Despite their curl type, there is definitely a common theme for curly hair men: struggle.

For the boys, it’s difficult to find a decent shampoo and conditioner that does not contain a heavy chemical odor while still achieving the look. At least, that’s the problem that Tony has.

“I change conditioners pretty much every time a bottle runs out,” says Tony in regards to his type 3 hair. “None are particularly ‘WOW’ or ‘fixes’ for my hair.”

In his case, he buys what’s affordable and available, avoiding the hubbub of the latest and greatest for a sensible budget.

Even so, Tony’s focus is on post-shower products. Tony says that if he “were actually going out with my hair down and loose (instead of bound with hair bands”>, I have [Aussie Catch The Wave, Mousse + Leave-In Conditioner]; that actually works rather well.”

For the perfect ringlets without the frizz, he works it through his hair by hand.

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Interview Your Friends

A great idea for those in need of some curly hair care is to interview your friends. Curly or straight, every friend has a story about their hair and what they use.

For the curlies with type 3 hair, there’s a trend of products: an easy-going shampoo, a great leave-in conditioner of your choice and for special occasions, a touch of mousse. There are plenty of other products to use, but the combination of a simple shampoo that eliminates residue, a leave-in conditioner’s anti-frizz abilities, and a mousse to bring out those perfect curls, you can’t go wrong.

Samantha Berley

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