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.
Seriously. What is Hair Type?!
Seriously. What is Hair Type?!
Read this article to learn, once and for all, what 'hair type' is and which products you should use based on yours.
Here's How to Care for Your Curls While You Sleep
Here's How to Care for Your Curls While You Sleep
Don't have a nighttime routine for your curls? No worries! Here some quick and easy ways to care for your curls while you sleep.
8 Ways You're Damaging Your Curls Whether You Realize It or Not
8 Ways You're Damaging Your Curls Whether You Realize It or Not
Dry and brittle. Split ends. Lack of moisture. Chemical weakness. Too much dye. Any of these apply to you? Here are a few reasons why they might.

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.
Seriously. What is Hair Type?!
Seriously. What is Hair Type?!
Read this article to learn, once and for all, what 'hair type' is and which products you should use based on yours.
Here's How to Care for Your Curls While You Sleep
Here's How to Care for Your Curls While You Sleep
Don't have a nighttime routine for your curls? No worries! Here some quick and easy ways to care for your curls while you sleep.
8 Ways You're Damaging Your Curls Whether You Realize It or Not
8 Ways You're Damaging Your Curls Whether You Realize It or Not
Dry and brittle. Split ends. Lack of moisture. Chemical weakness. Too much dye. Any of these apply to you? Here are a few reasons why they might.

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.
Seriously. What is Hair Type?!
Seriously. What is Hair Type?!
Read this article to learn, once and for all, what 'hair type' is and which products you should use based on yours.
Here's How to Care for Your Curls While You Sleep
Here's How to Care for Your Curls While You Sleep
Don't have a nighttime routine for your curls? No worries! Here some quick and easy ways to care for your curls while you sleep.
8 Ways You're Damaging Your Curls Whether You Realize It or Not
8 Ways You're Damaging Your Curls Whether You Realize It or Not
Dry and brittle. Split ends. Lack of moisture. Chemical weakness. Too much dye. Any of these apply to you? Here are a few reasons why they might.