Type 3 Hair is characterized by curls that appear in an S shape, and usually has a combination of different textures throughout.If you’re not sure which category your Type 3 Hair falls into, here’s a quick way to tell the difference:

  • 3A Hair: loosely shaped S curls which are usually flatter than 3B or 3C curls
  • 3B Hair: more tightly curled S shape than 3A, and it is more densely packed together
  • 3C Hair: tight spiral curls that can turn into coils

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How to Care for Type 3 Hair

These are some useful tips that will help you care for your Type 3 hair in a way that will keep them looking and feeling healthy.

Shampoo Once a Week

When it comes to washing Type 3 hair, there’s no need to do so more than than once a week. If your hair isn’t feeling dirty, then you can go as long as 2 or 3 weeks. In between washes, you can co-wash your cash or just do a water wash.

It’s best to use a moisturising shampoo that won’t strip the essential nutrients that you hair needs while removing greece and oil to keep your hair clean. Some of the best shampoos for Type 3 hair are:

  • SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo
  • DevaCurl Low-Poo Delight
  • Kinky Curly Come Clean
  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Retention Shampoo
  • As I Am Co-Wash
  • Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo
  • Aunt Jackie’s Oh So Clean Moisturizing and Softening Shampoo

Deep Condition Once a Week or More

Type 3 hair needs lots of moisture, and it’s important that you apply a deep conditioning at least once a week. If you have bleached or heat damaged hair, then 2 or 3 times a week is best. The best types of treatments are those that stay on for 30 minutes or more, and staying under a heater helps seal the moisture in. Some of the top deep conditioners for Type 3 curls are:

  • Carol’s Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Mask
  • Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream
  • Palmer’s Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Mask
  • Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Mask
  • Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Treatment
  • Eden Bodyworks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner

Styling Your Curls

Once your hair is all nice and conditioned, it’s time to style your curls. The type of styling products you use will depend on the specific consistency of your type 3 curls. If they are closer to a 4, then you’ll want to opt for a lotion or cream while gels are best for curls that are closer to type 2. These are some style products that type 3s swear by:

  • Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion
  • Love Beauty & Planet: Lavender & Argan Natural Oils Infusion
  • Cantu Coconut Curling Cream
  • Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk
  • Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
  • Taliah Waajid Curl Sealer
  • Mielle Styling Gel
  • Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls
  • Kinky Curly Curling Custard

Refreshing Type 3 Curls

In between deep conditioning treatments, you’ll want to keep your hair moisturised on a daily basis. This will ensure that your curls look fresh everyday. A spray bottle will come in handy for this, as you lightly spritz your hair before adding a tiny bit of product throughout your hair. So, your hair will stay moisturised and your curls will looked refreshed. This is my favourite tutorial for keeping curls looking great daily.

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