Whether wash day was yesterday or you’re going on 5 day hair, these are perfect ways to get your hair up and out of your face, while accentuating the gorgeous curls your mama gave you. If you’re on the search for styles that will keep your hair out of your face for work or school, then we have cute options that won’t compromise your style. Most of these can double as protective styles, so remember to add lots of your favorite moisturizer to your curls before putting them away!

First, what does “type 3” hair mean?

Knowing your curl pattern can be helpful for determining styles that work well on your hair type. Type 2 is wavy, type 3 is curly, and type 4 is coily. If your curl pattern is in the type 3 category, there are three subcategories. Type 3A has springy curls that are large in circumference and can be easily straightened or retexturized. Type 3B has smaller, more dense curls and can be coarse. Type 3C tends to be smaller and tighter curls, often called corkscrew curls, and is typically denser than other types. Check out our guide to see which curl pattern closely resembles yours. And remember, most women have at least 2-3 different curl patterns on their head.

How to rock a curly updo

Don’t Hide!

The point of an updo is not to hide your beautiful curls or make them look straight. Embrace your natural texture with every updo style you try out. In fact, for women with especially dense curls, a full updo may not be the best choice for your hair. A nice side part keeping hair off to one side but still hanging loose may be an ideal updo for you. Not comfortable with a full updo? You don’t have to be! Experiment with how much of an updo you want by leaving tendrils for a loose laid-back updo.

Don’t Force It!

Not every hair type can pull off an updo and it doesn’t make your hair any less beautiful. A great option for hair that isn’t long enough to create an updo is to use braiding hair. You can incorporate a classy side wrapped braid or a professional braided bun. 

Don’t Conform!

In the workplace, you should try to meet your company’s appearance standards for obvious reasons. However, if your naturally curly hair is under attack simply because it may be different than other hair types in the office, you should consult your HR department. Workplace discrimination based on hair type is a sadly common thing and should not go unreported. Wear your curls in a way that makes you feel confident and take on the workday with grace!

8 everyday updos

Here are a few of our favorite updos for type 3 hair. The styles don’t stop here though, as we know that curls are so versatile that the styling options are endless.

1. Add a Scarf

What you’ll need:

  • scarf or headwrap
2. Bantu Knot Out Mohawk

What you’ll need:

3. Loose Low Bun

What you’ll need:

  • hair band
  • bobby pins
 4. Donut Bun

What you’ll need:

  • hair tie
  • bun donut
5. Twist Out

What you’ll need:

6. High Bun with Twist

What you’ll need:

  • gel
  • 1 satin strip
  • bobby pins
  • hair band
7. French Braid Bun
  • bobby pins
  • hair tie

8. Corporate Puff

What you’ll need:

  • elastic head band
  • water in spray bottle
  • moisturizer
  • hard brush
  • Ecostyler Gel
  • scarf
  • optional: toothbrush

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