the curl pattern for 3a is is that -- no root curl, but curl starting about 3 inches down. so at shoulder length or so you are fine. i think the problem comes in when people go towards a pixie cut. and, some long layers would help the curl, also, just make sure they cut the top layer long. so if you go to shoulder length, the top layer should end about between the bottom of your ear and your chin.

have fun and let us know what you do.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: [I] curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj aloe fix gel, cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab.
sealants - jane carter nourish & shine