If you’re a 3B, you’re right-smack-dab-in-the-middle of all the wavies, curlies and coilies. Some days your hair is more on the wavy side and some days you swear it became 3 times curlier overnight. As a 3b curly, you are no stranger to the scrunching, but can also throw it up in a pineapple whenever you want.
You’ve most likely already found the NaturallyCurly Texture Typing System in an effort to get answers for all your curly/wavy questions. However, if you haven’t, this system breaks hair down into 3 categories – 2s, 3s, and 4s, with 3 subgroups within those categories – As, Bs, and Cs. Type 3B hair usually has ringlets that have the circumference of a Sharpie, and a big goal for 3B ladies is to fight frizz by using moisturizing products and to avoid drying ingredients.
Most people have multiple textures on their head, so it is very common to have majority 3B curls, with 3A and 3C mixed in as well. It's important to understand that just because you have 3B hair does not mean that your hair will look and act like all 3Bs, there are other characteristics of your hair type like porosity, density and width that play major roles. Curious as to the different manifestations of 3b hair? We’ve compiled 20 photos of women blessed with 3B curls!
@skeenit has mostly 3B curls with some 3C curls framing her face.
One of our Naturally Curly graphic designers, Fran rocks her 3B curls and just so happens to be the “poster child” for the category.
@lenipaperboats has a mixture of 3B and 3A curls (the circumference of sidewalk chalk).
The gorgeous @flaviaesantiago has all of the 3s on her head!
One of my personal favorite Instagram inspirations, @frogirlginny, has 3B and 3C curls towards the bottom half of her hair with curls of a bigger circumference at the top.
NaturallyCurly's own Co-Founder Michelle Breyer has 3b curls!
@zakiablain is a perfect example of a 3B with a cute, short hair cut.
@kassalaholdsclaw’s hair color!!!
@justdaniela1 has more relaxed 3B curls that mingle with some 3a and 2C curls as well.
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