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.
How to Plop with a Veil Net
How to Plop with a Veil Net
A new-to-us way to dry your curls.
Why is my wet hair still frizzy?
Why is my wet hair still frizzy?
Is your hair frizzy when it's wet? Learn the science behind why your wet hair is still frizzy and discover how to fix it.
Texture Tales: Iana on How the Pandemic Inspired Her Embrace Her Curly Hair
Texture Tales: Iana on How the Pandemic Inspired Her Embrace Her Curly Hair
"I kept seeing all the girls with beautiful curls and remembered that I once too had pretty curls. At that point it just became my mission to recuperate my curls."

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.
How to Plop with a Veil Net
How to Plop with a Veil Net
A new-to-us way to dry your curls.
Why is my wet hair still frizzy?
Why is my wet hair still frizzy?
Is your hair frizzy when it's wet? Learn the science behind why your wet hair is still frizzy and discover how to fix it.
Texture Tales: Iana on How the Pandemic Inspired Her Embrace Her Curly Hair
Texture Tales: Iana on How the Pandemic Inspired Her Embrace Her Curly Hair
"I kept seeing all the girls with beautiful curls and remembered that I once too had pretty curls. At that point it just became my mission to recuperate my curls."

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.
How to Plop with a Veil Net
How to Plop with a Veil Net
A new-to-us way to dry your curls.
Why is my wet hair still frizzy?
Why is my wet hair still frizzy?
Is your hair frizzy when it's wet? Learn the science behind why your wet hair is still frizzy and discover how to fix it.
Texture Tales: Iana on How the Pandemic Inspired Her Embrace Her Curly Hair
Texture Tales: Iana on How the Pandemic Inspired Her Embrace Her Curly Hair
"I kept seeing all the girls with beautiful curls and remembered that I once too had pretty curls. At that point it just became my mission to recuperate my curls."