Natural Hair Type 3

 

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Type 3 – Curly Hair

Type 3 hair includes lightly curly to very curly hair patterns that are well-defined and springy. Curly hair has a lot of body and can be easily styled in its natural state or straightened with a blow-dryer. Despite its appearance, type 3 curls are soft and fine rather than coarse.

3A – Curly Twirly℠

3aType 3A Curly Twirly
Type 3a curls show a definite loopy “S” pattern. Curls are well-defined and springy. Curls are naturally big, loose and often very shiny. 3a curls’ circumference are sidewalk-chalk size. Generally, this hair type can be easily straightened. Type 3a hair is very much affected by the climate. Type 3 curlies can use a variety of styling products to achieve curl formation and definition.

3a celebrites include: AnnaLynne McCord, Debra Messing, and Shakira.
Quick Tips

Use a moisturizing sulfate-free cleanser to get the most definition for your Curly Twirly hair
Hydrate and moisturize your curls with a leave-in conditioner
Tame unruly frizz and create defined ringlets with a dependable styler. Use gels and creams that offer light moisture and curl definition

 

 

3B – Curly Spirally℠

3bType 3B Curly Spirally
People with Type 3b hair have well-defined, springy, copious curls that range from bouncy ringlets to tight corkscrews. 3b curls’ circumference are Sharpie size. Type 3b hair can be straightened, but it’s definitely a chore. Type 3b hair generally isn’t particularly shiny and its texture can be quite coarse. Gels and creams work best to reduce frizz and add definition.

3b celebrites include: Julianna Margulies, Keri Russell, and Bernadette Peters.
Quick Tips

Use a moisture balancing cleanser on your Curly Spirally hair
Revitalize parched curls with a hydrating leave-in conditioner
Use stylers like gels and creams that promote curl definition and offers serious frizz control

 

 

 

3C – Curly Coily℠

3cType 3C Curly Coily
Type 3c hair has voluminous, tight curls in corkscrews, approximately the circumference of a pencil or straw. The curls can be either kinky, or very tightly curled, with lots and lots of strands densely packed together. Getting this type of hair to blow dry straight is more challenging than for 3a or 3b, but it usually can be done. The very tight curls are usually fine in texture.

3c celebrites include: Cree Summer, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Rachel True.
Quick Tips

Hydrate and repair your Curly Coily hair with a moisturizing cleanser
Use rich and nourishing conditioners to protect your fragile Curly Coily hair
Use stylers that offer maximum moisture: creams, butters and oils. Hair milks are a great hydrating styler that will keep your curly coily hair manageable all day

 

 

Type 3c – Curly Kinky Hair

Subtype 3c is really more than a subtype. It’s a type NaturallyCurly members developed because the original system left out this hair type, which falls between 3b and 4a, having its own special characteristics.

• Type 3c hair has tight curls in corkscrews
• Circumference: Pencil or straw
• The curls can be either kinky, or very tightly curled, with lots and lots of strands densely packed together
• Getting this type of hair to blow dry straight is more challenging than for 3a or 3b, but it usually can be done
• The very tight curls are usually fine in texture
• 3c celebrities: Alicia Keyes, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross, 3c hair

Tips
• Use styling creams, butters and oils for type 3c hair
• This hair type needs extra moisture and tender-loving care because it can be fragile
• Detangle hair with a lot of conditioner in your hair and use a comb or detangling brush
• Do not use a brush or comb on your dry curls
• Reduce tangles by sleeping on a satin pillowcase or wrap hair in a satin cap

Type 3 – Curly Hair

• There is a definite loopy “S” pattern
• Curls are well-defined and springy
• Type 3 hair has a lot of body; it is easily styled in its natural state or straightened with a blow-dryer
• It isn’t coarse, like many believe, but soft and very fine—there’s just a lot of it
• Combinations of Type 3a and 3b curls are common

There are two Type 3 subtypes:
•3b: Medium amount of curl, from bouncy ringlets to tight corkscrews.
Circumference: Sharpie size
•3b celebrities: Keri Russell, Bernadette Peters, Melina Kankaredes
Keri Russel, 3b hair

•3a: Curls are naturally big, loose and usually very shiny.
Circumference: sidewalk-chalk size
•3a celebrities: AnnaLynne McCord, Debra Messing
Debra Messing, 3a hair

Tips
• 3a’s: Use gels and creams that offer light moisture and curl definition
• 3b’s: Use gels and styling creams with extra moisture and serious frizz control
• Use duckbill clips on the crown of your head to lift top curls
• Let hair air dry or use a diffuser
• Once your curls are dry, rub a little pomade into the palm of your hands and smooth over your hair gently
• Do not use a brush or comb on your dry curls
• Reduce tangles by sleeping on a satin pillowcase

 

 

Reference:

http://www.naturallycurly.com/pages/hairtypes/type3#type-3a

http://blackgirllonghair.com/2012/03/natural-hair-type-guide-which-type-are-you/

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