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.
Celebrity Stylist Allyn Antoine’s Curl Defining Techniques for Every Curl Pattern
Celebrity Stylist Allyn Antoine’s Curl Defining Techniques for Every Curl Pattern
Celebrity stylist Allyn Antoine answers your top curl definition questions.
How to Steam Your Natural Hair the Right Way
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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.
Celebrity Stylist Allyn Antoine’s Curl Defining Techniques for Every Curl Pattern
Celebrity Stylist Allyn Antoine’s Curl Defining Techniques for Every Curl Pattern
Celebrity stylist Allyn Antoine answers your top curl definition questions.
How to Steam Your Natural Hair the Right Way
Under-$5 Curly Conditioners for Naturals on a Budget
Under-$5 Curly Conditioners for Naturals on a Budget
These products won't hit your wallet where it hurts.

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.
Celebrity Stylist Allyn Antoine’s Curl Defining Techniques for Every Curl Pattern
Celebrity Stylist Allyn Antoine’s Curl Defining Techniques for Every Curl Pattern
Celebrity stylist Allyn Antoine answers your top curl definition questions.
How to Steam Your Natural Hair the Right Way
Under-$5 Curly Conditioners for Naturals on a Budget
Under-$5 Curly Conditioners for Naturals on a Budget
These products won't hit your wallet where it hurts.