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.
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How to Make Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil At Home
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Top 8 Hair Butters for Every Curl Type
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Top 15 Curly Daily Conditioners of 2018
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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.
How to Make Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil At Home
How to Make Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil At Home
Here is the complete guide to coconut and an easy way to get oil out of the coconut using the boiling method.
Top 8 Hair Butters for Every Curl Type
Top 8 Hair Butters for Every Curl Type
Check out our list of top hair butters — from your favorite brands — for every curl type.
Top 15 Curly Daily Conditioners of 2018
Top 15 Curly Daily Conditioners of 2018
The year is coming to a close, so let's check out some of the best-of-the-best conditioners of 2018!

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 Make Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil At Home
How to Make Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil At Home
Here is the complete guide to coconut and an easy way to get oil out of the coconut using the boiling method.
Top 8 Hair Butters for Every Curl Type
Top 8 Hair Butters for Every Curl Type
Check out our list of top hair butters — from your favorite brands — for every curl type.
Top 15 Curly Daily Conditioners of 2018
Top 15 Curly Daily Conditioners of 2018
The year is coming to a close, so let's check out some of the best-of-the-best conditioners of 2018!