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.
The Top Curly Hair Mistakes & How to Avoid Them in Your Hair Regimen
The Top Curly Hair Mistakes & How to Avoid Them in Your Hair Regimen
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How to Protect Your Natural Hair from Sun Damage
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How Scarlett Rocourt Created a Vegan Hair Care Brand For Natural Hair
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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.
The Top Curly Hair Mistakes & How to Avoid Them in Your Hair Regimen
The Top Curly Hair Mistakes & How to Avoid Them in Your Hair Regimen
Here are 10 curly hair mistakes you want to avoid and a few influencers who are here to share their own curly blunders with us.
How to Protect Your Natural Hair from Sun Damage
How to Protect Your Natural Hair from Sun Damage
These tips will help you protect your hair and scalp from the sun.
How Scarlett Rocourt Created a Vegan Hair Care Brand For Natural Hair
How Scarlett Rocourt Created a Vegan Hair Care Brand For Natural Hair
Founder of Wonder Curl, Scarlett Rocourt, shares the benefits of vegan ingredients and the top tips for healthy hair.

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.
The Top Curly Hair Mistakes & How to Avoid Them in Your Hair Regimen
The Top Curly Hair Mistakes & How to Avoid Them in Your Hair Regimen
Here are 10 curly hair mistakes you want to avoid and a few influencers who are here to share their own curly blunders with us.
How to Protect Your Natural Hair from Sun Damage
How to Protect Your Natural Hair from Sun Damage
These tips will help you protect your hair and scalp from the sun.
How Scarlett Rocourt Created a Vegan Hair Care Brand For Natural Hair
How Scarlett Rocourt Created a Vegan Hair Care Brand For Natural Hair
Founder of Wonder Curl, Scarlett Rocourt, shares the benefits of vegan ingredients and the top tips for healthy hair.