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.
Texture Tales: Kim on Living in Germany as a Curly Girl
Texture Tales: Kim on Living in Germany as a Curly Girl
Here's her story and the holy grail she can't live without.
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Top 10 Natural Hair Male YouTubers You Should Know
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6 Best Curly Hair Refreshers & Finishers We Swear By
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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.
Texture Tales: Kim on Living in Germany as a Curly Girl
Texture Tales: Kim on Living in Germany as a Curly Girl
Here's her story and the holy grail she can't live without.
Top 10 Natural Hair Male YouTubers You Should Know
Top 10 Natural Hair Male YouTubers You Should Know
Check out these guys making waves with their natural curls serving so much inspiration.
6 Best Curly Hair Refreshers & Finishers We Swear By
6 Best Curly Hair Refreshers & Finishers We Swear By
These are sure to refresh your curls instantly and make wash day stretch a lil' longer.

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.
Texture Tales: Kim on Living in Germany as a Curly Girl
Texture Tales: Kim on Living in Germany as a Curly Girl
Here's her story and the holy grail she can't live without.
Top 10 Natural Hair Male YouTubers You Should Know
Top 10 Natural Hair Male YouTubers You Should Know
Check out these guys making waves with their natural curls serving so much inspiration.
6 Best Curly Hair Refreshers & Finishers We Swear By
6 Best Curly Hair Refreshers & Finishers We Swear By
These are sure to refresh your curls instantly and make wash day stretch a lil' longer.