Type 3b Hairtype What Routine Works For You?

My hairtype is mostly 3b with some 3c S curls in it, but I have a lot of hair and its sort of thick. I am the only one in my family who has curly hair and so I have had to figure out the curl styling myself. I've tried a lot of gels, but it always leaves my hair feeling kind of crunchy and flat. If my hair gets long then it gets even flatter but I think it's mostly due to the products I have used in the past.I want to know what routines you guys have used to make your hair not frizz out in the heat and not give that crunchy flat look. I've read about the LOC method, but has anyone with type 3b tried it?Any advice would help Thanks!ps. heres a picture of me with shorter hair, but as you can  see the top looks sleek then poofs out.HELP! lol

3 Answers

Your hair looks more like 3a hair. I don't know if this will work for you, your curls are a much looser than mine are, but when I wash or wet my hair at night I put an oil, a leave in conditioner in, and a curling product in my hair and I cover it with a satin scarf. When I wake up in the morning my hair is ready to go with the exception of fixing a few stray hairs.
While the lovely ladies suggestion above probably would great for her,  us 3a can't have that amount of product in there.. We don't need as much moisture.  I cleanse my scalp with Devacurl low-poo then condition with Devacurl Decadence conditioner.  I then scrunch the devacurl ultra defining gel in my hair and air dry or diffuse.  only when its COMPLETELY 100% DRY scrunch the curls to release the  "curlcast"  (crunchyness)..  In the mornings i have a water speay bottle with a couple dollops of conditioner in it that i damped my hair with and scrunch again. I hope that helps 
So pretty! Now I'm still learning myself, so I don't know how much help I will be, but I will tell you what works for me. My hair is 3b with some 3c curls, and is very thick, but what I found to be the most important in determining what products to use was my hair porosity and strand width. My hair is low porosity and fine, so when I used the LOC method and put a lot of product on my hair, it got greasy and "heavy". Overtime I found that the LCO method (using cream before oil) worked better for me. Because you hair is different from mine, my process may not meet all of your hair needs, so keep that in mind.So what I do first is I wash and detangle my hair in the shower as normal. Then I use Kinky-Curly Knot Today as my Leave in Conditioner. I usually separate my hair into about 12 sections but I found that combing the leave in conditioner through my hair without sectioning it first works ok too. Next I apply my Cream, for that I use SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie Coconut & Hibiscus, and last I apply my Oil, for that I use Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter. When applying my Cream and Oil, I HAVE to section my hair, in order to distribute the product evenly, since my hair is thick. I usually do this with my fingers. I don't use that much product, about two pea sized amount per section and I smear it evenly in my hands before applying. When I'm done I style while my hair is still wet, and leave it to air dry (resist the urge to touch too much!). At first my hair is a little crunchy feeling, but once my hair is totally dry, it feels soft and I have no frizz whatsoever. To get more volume, I either gently scrunch my hair upward as it dries, or I put in alligator clips on the top of my head to "bunch it up", then when my hair is halfway dry I gently take them out (I suggest the clips method, less frizz). When I want my hair to be a little longer ('cause my hair loves to shrink), I will Rake and Shake (Rake product through hair section from root to tip, then lightly Shake it at the tip). That's my routine as of now. Overall, the LCO process takes about 15-20 minutes for me. What I like about this routine is that when my hair dries, my curls stay defined, and I don't lose volume. I highly suggest the Kinky-Curly Knot Today,  it has a great slip to it, and it keeps my hair from tangling too much when it dries. The SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie Coconut & Hibiscus has a nice floral smell, and feels nice when I apply it, and seems to do the job well. The Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter is great too, though I'm not too crazy about the cookie smell it gives off. Luckily it's not that strong. I tend to avoid gels and mousses because I find that they give me that "crunchy" feel you also described. Creams and butters work well for me, but it may be different for your hair. Everyone's different, so it may take some trial and error before you get your system down. I would suggest that you try to determine your hair porosity, so you can better determine what products, and how much product, to use. If the LOC/LCO method just isn't working for you, try looking at other techniques that might work better. I found that you really just have to modify the method to fit your needs. If your really stumped, I recommend finding a hair stylist that knows how to cut curls (if you look under "salons" on this website you can probably find one in your area). A curly stylist can look at your hair and give you tips on what you should add to your hair regimen. Try not to get discouraged, it took me about 2 weeks to get my routine down and I'm still learning. Sorry this is so long. Hope this helps!