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.
What to Do When Your Child’s Hair Products Stop Working
What to Do When Your Child’s Hair Products Stop Working
If your child’s hair has suddenly become unruly despite having a hair care regimen that is usually reliable, then you'll want to try these helpful tips!
5 Reasons to Steam Your Natural Hair
5 Reasons to Steam Your Natural Hair
Have you tried a steam treatment before?
Celebrity Hairstylist, Christo, Shares the Top Curly Hair Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Celebrity Hairstylist, Christo, Shares the Top Curly Hair Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Known as "The King of Curls" Christo has gained a global reputation for his stellar work in caring for curls. Find out more about his journey and what you should NOT be doing to your 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.
What to Do When Your Child’s Hair Products Stop Working
What to Do When Your Child’s Hair Products Stop Working
If your child’s hair has suddenly become unruly despite having a hair care regimen that is usually reliable, then you'll want to try these helpful tips!
5 Reasons to Steam Your Natural Hair
5 Reasons to Steam Your Natural Hair
Have you tried a steam treatment before?
Celebrity Hairstylist, Christo, Shares the Top Curly Hair Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Celebrity Hairstylist, Christo, Shares the Top Curly Hair Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Known as "The King of Curls" Christo has gained a global reputation for his stellar work in caring for curls. Find out more about his journey and what you should NOT be doing to your 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.
What to Do When Your Child’s Hair Products Stop Working
What to Do When Your Child’s Hair Products Stop Working
If your child’s hair has suddenly become unruly despite having a hair care regimen that is usually reliable, then you'll want to try these helpful tips!
5 Reasons to Steam Your Natural Hair
5 Reasons to Steam Your Natural Hair
Have you tried a steam treatment before?
Celebrity Hairstylist, Christo, Shares the Top Curly Hair Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Celebrity Hairstylist, Christo, Shares the Top Curly Hair Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Known as "The King of Curls" Christo has gained a global reputation for his stellar work in caring for curls. Find out more about his journey and what you should NOT be doing to your curls.