Type 3: Curly Hair

Type 3 curly hair ranges from a light curl to tight, curly tendrils, and usually have a combination of textures. They are defined and springy, with more height and volume at the root than type 2s.

3a

You have big, loose curls and spirals similar in circumference to a piece of thick, sidewalk chalk. Your curls tend to be shiny, with a well-defined S-shape.
Quick Tips
  • Twirl small sections of curls around your finger while hair is still damp to encourage definition.
SHOP: Darshana Natural Indian Hair Oil (6 oz.)
SHOP: Darshana Natural Indian Hair Oil (6 oz.)
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SHOP: Curlfection One Step Cream Cleanser (13.5 oz.)
SHOP: Curlfection One Step Cream Cleanser (13.5 oz.)
This nourishing co-wash reduces over all frizz, controls expansion and tames your curls even in humid weather.
SHOP: Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper Original (12 oz.)
SHOP: Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper Original (12 oz.)
Become the master of those gorgeous frizz-free curls, with this water-based serum formula, which means you can use it every day without product buildup.

3b

Your springy curls can vary from ringlets to corkscrews. They are voluminous and have a circumference similar to a Sharpie marker. Type 3b hair tends to be coarse and dense.
Quick Tips
  • Use an anti-humectant (humidity blocking) styling cream or styling milk for less frizz but more definition.
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SHOP: Free Your Mane Define & Shine Curl Cream ( 6 oz.)
SHOP: Free Your Mane Define & Shine Curl Cream ( 6 oz.)
This intensely hydrating styling cream adds soft definition and body.
SHOP: Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper Original (12 oz.)
SHOP: Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper Original (12 oz.)
Become the master of those gorgeous frizz-free curls, with this water-based serum formula, which means you can use it every day without product buildup.

3c

This often is referred to as curly-coily and tends to be very dense, tightly packed corkscrews that are the circumference of a pencil or a straw. Type 3c hair tends to experience the most volume, but also the most shrinkage of curls.
Quick Tips
  • Gently enhance and safely stretch without heat using a twist-out, bantu-knot out, flexi rod set, or perm rod set.
SHOP: Sashapure Restorative Conditioning Masque (8 oz.)
SHOP: Sashapure Restorative Conditioning Masque (8 oz.)
This intensive hydrating, deep conditioning, strengthening formula revitalizes hair that has been damaged by environmental aggressors, thermal styling, and chemical and color treatments.
SHOP: Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream - No Fragrance (8 oz.)
SHOP: Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream - No Fragrance (8 oz.)
A gentle alternative to shampoo. Use Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream to wash your hair gently without leaving it stripped and straw-like.
SHOP: Free Your Mane Define & Shine Curl Cream ( 6 oz.)
SHOP: Free Your Mane Define & Shine Curl Cream ( 6 oz.)
This intensely hydrating styling cream adds soft definition and body.