3b curly hair routine

While NaturallyCurly's Co-Founder Michelle and Senior Graphic Designer Fran both have Type 3b curls, you can easily see that their hair is completely different. That's because curl pattern only makes up one aspect of your hair type. In addition to being Type 3b, Fran's curls are also high porosity and super fine, meaning her individual strands are thin. All of the different elements of Fran's hair type determine which products work on her hair and which haircuts and styles she likes best. Keep reading to see which of the Editors' Choice 2018 Award Winners worked for her hair type.

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3b washing curly hair routine


I wash my hair once or twice a week and if I have time I make sure to give it the full treatment especially in the summer. The Amika Velveteen Dream Smoothing Shampoo literally is a “dream.” It leaves my hair manageable and ready for conditioners without feeling stripped.


If I have time, I’ll go straight to DevaCurl Melt into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask. One of the things I loved the most about it was the Matcha, since I’m Matcha-obsessed! I usually pair the mask with a Hot Head Thermal Hair Care Cap and let it soak in for about 30 minutes before rinsing out.

3b styling curly hair routine


As far as styling goes, it all depends on how I’m feeling that day. A must always is a leave-in conditioner, and my current favorite is Mielle Pomegranate & Honey. It smells SO GOOD!

Since cutting my hair, I’ve been trying to achieve more volume. More volume for me means way more product than I’m used to. So these days I’ve been playing around with adding Treluxe Hi! Definition Curl Enhancer Styling Gel to my roots, and sometimes cocktailing it all with either the Virtue One for All 6-in-1 Styler or the Curl Junkie Spiral Lotion Styling Cream and to my surprise I’ve been getting great results with both!

I’ve found that using the gel has allowed my hair and definition to last a few more days between washes.


Nubian Heritage Abyssian & Chia Seed Hand & Body Scrub is hands down the smoothest and most gentle… but extremely exfoliating scrub I’ve ever used. When I’m feeling like my skin needs a renewal it’s definitely my go-to. I feel like a brand-new woman after each use.

The SM 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Micellar Water is my go-to’s for when I’m about to go to the gym and I want to remove my sunscreen or makeup from that day. It just does a really good job of getting everything off while still keeping my skin moisturized.

I use The Urban Skin Rx Even Tone Cleansing Bar roughly 2-3 times per week depending on how my skin feels. When it’s feeling a little rough and needs a bit more exfoliation, this product with the little cleansing sponges do a great job getting everything feeling smooth to the touch.

I always follow up and finish up my skincare routine religiously with my toner: Hada Labo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion, Essense: Missha Time Revolution Essense, Serum: Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum, Night Serum: Yangu Beauty Even-Tone Serum with YMB Complex (I just like to use mine at night), Moisturizer: SheaMoisture African Black Soap Gelee Moisturizer, and lastly Sunscreen: Biore UV Aqua Rich SPF 50+