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Nichole23 01-29-2013 02:43 PM

3c Sholder Length Styles (No Heat)
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Hey Ladies,

Im in need of 3c hair help. I dont know how to take care of my natural hair. ((Sad Face)) I've had dread locs for the past 4 years and before that I my hair was chemically relaxed. I had African Salon pick my dreads out. So although Ive been natural for 4 years, Ive never cared for or styled my loose natural hair.

Right now Im shoulder-length when stretched. I know wash & go's are popular but its been around 25 degrees here in Cleveland, OH this winter. My hair has been in a bun for weeks now and Im not enjoying my hair this way and all its possibilities. Im trying to grow it out so Im staying away from heat (Flat Irons, Etc.)

I've been reading countless threads/posts and still feel lost. Please post your short hair styles. Advice on routines, products, combs/brushes are also welcomed too.Attachment 30506

chass83 01-29-2013 03:13 PM


I normally rock flat twist outs or braid outs. Today I'm wearing a braid out. Last night I spritzed my hair with water until damp, applied Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and made about 7 big braids total. I threw on a satin cap and let it dry overnight. This morning I unraveled them, fluffed a bit and was out the door! Flat twists can be tricky but I learned how by watching youtube. Regular two strand twists don't work for me b/c I have thin hair so it ends up looking very"stringy". I hope this helps! Sorry, I'm at work and don't have a pic.

MissConstrued 02-24-2013 05:03 AM

Hi Nichole23! I'm originally from Cleveland so I feel your pain with the weather. Have you tried bantu knots, flat twists, or curlformers? I used to braid the front of my hair in various styles and either pin up the back, let it fro out, twist it, or bun it. Using different accessories can help the same style look different too. Also, youtube is a wealth of knowledge.

Nichole23 03-10-2013 06:58 PM

Hi, Thanks so much ladies for the replies. I tried my first twist out and it did not turn out well. I'm not sure what went wrong. It wasn't flat twists though, just regular twists.

I've also been watching youtube videos as suggested and I'm learning alot. I just have to find that look that works for me. Right now I'm doing wash and go's.

Curl_Diva 03-19-2013 04:58 PM

Im in OH and I wear wash n gos year round. I preserve using a locsoc. Twist should be clean and have to be 100% dry when you remove. What product did you use?

Nichole23 03-19-2013 07:20 PM

Right now I'm using Organix Coconut Milk conditioner as my main product to do wash and go's and everything else. I've been watching youtubes (mostly on wash and go's) trying to figure out how to style and what products to use. I'm finding my hair/curls prefer "clumping" as opposed to "raking" product through my hair. Raking definitely defines the curls but I get massive shrinkage. Clumping doesn't define as good but I keep more of my length. Since I'm 3c, my curls are naturally pretty defined so I'm not really worried about curl definition. I've learned this so far and I'm still learning...

Curl_Diva 09-07-2013 08:36 PM

I found that different gel contribute to shrinkage. The lighter gels tend to shrink hair more, while thicker alchol free gels shrink less and clump more hair together at a time.

curlicious13 09-08-2013 12:33 AM

I've noticed that too with the heavier gels. I don't like the big curls especially in the parts of my had that are 3c. I tend to use lighter gels so it doesn't weigh my hair down.

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