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.
25 Best Gentle Shampoos for Curly Hair
25 Best Gentle Shampoos for Curly Hair
Have you found a cleanser gentle enough for your hair yet?
3 Ways to Wear Your Hair Under a Wig
3 Ways to Wear Your Hair Under a Wig
Wearing a wig requires more than just buying one and wearing it. You have to figure out how to care for it.
What to Do If the Curly Girl Method Makes Your Hair Less Curly
What to Do If the Curly Girl Method Makes Your Hair Less Curly
Try these methods to bring your curls back to life.

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.
25 Best Gentle Shampoos for Curly Hair
25 Best Gentle Shampoos for Curly Hair
Have you found a cleanser gentle enough for your hair yet?
3 Ways to Wear Your Hair Under a Wig
3 Ways to Wear Your Hair Under a Wig
Wearing a wig requires more than just buying one and wearing it. You have to figure out how to care for it.
What to Do If the Curly Girl Method Makes Your Hair Less Curly
What to Do If the Curly Girl Method Makes Your Hair Less Curly
Try these methods to bring your curls back to life.

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.
25 Best Gentle Shampoos for Curly Hair
25 Best Gentle Shampoos for Curly Hair
Have you found a cleanser gentle enough for your hair yet?
3 Ways to Wear Your Hair Under a Wig
3 Ways to Wear Your Hair Under a Wig
Wearing a wig requires more than just buying one and wearing it. You have to figure out how to care for it.
What to Do If the Curly Girl Method Makes Your Hair Less Curly
What to Do If the Curly Girl Method Makes Your Hair Less Curly
Try these methods to bring your curls back to life.