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.
The Top 20 Curly Hair Tips You Should Know
The Top 20 Curly Hair Tips You Should Know
Here's twenty tips for twenty years of curl knowledge!
10 Stunning Blowouts on Natural Hair That Prove Shrinkage is Real
10 Stunning Blowouts on Natural Hair That Prove Shrinkage is Real
If you’re ready to get a length check, you'll want to see these jawdropping blowouts.
Texture Tales: Jui Shares Her Journey to Embracing Her Curly Hair While Growing up in India
Texture Tales: Jui Shares Her Journey to Embracing Her Curly Hair While Growing up in India
"I realized that my natural textured hair made me feel more like myself! That has translated into me being more accepting of myself & owning my look."

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.
The Top 20 Curly Hair Tips You Should Know
The Top 20 Curly Hair Tips You Should Know
Here's twenty tips for twenty years of curl knowledge!
10 Stunning Blowouts on Natural Hair That Prove Shrinkage is Real
10 Stunning Blowouts on Natural Hair That Prove Shrinkage is Real
If you’re ready to get a length check, you'll want to see these jawdropping blowouts.
Texture Tales: Jui Shares Her Journey to Embracing Her Curly Hair While Growing up in India
Texture Tales: Jui Shares Her Journey to Embracing Her Curly Hair While Growing up in India
"I realized that my natural textured hair made me feel more like myself! That has translated into me being more accepting of myself & owning my look."

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.
The Top 20 Curly Hair Tips You Should Know
The Top 20 Curly Hair Tips You Should Know
Here's twenty tips for twenty years of curl knowledge!
10 Stunning Blowouts on Natural Hair That Prove Shrinkage is Real
10 Stunning Blowouts on Natural Hair That Prove Shrinkage is Real
If you’re ready to get a length check, you'll want to see these jawdropping blowouts.
Texture Tales: Jui Shares Her Journey to Embracing Her Curly Hair While Growing up in India
Texture Tales: Jui Shares Her Journey to Embracing Her Curly Hair While Growing up in India
"I realized that my natural textured hair made me feel more like myself! That has translated into me being more accepting of myself & owning my look."