Learning your hair type is the key to unlocking the secrets of beautiful healthy hair. Once you know your hair type, discovering the best way to maintain your locks is a simple process. If you’re blessed with curly hair, many factors influence your specific hair type – curl pattern, porosity, thickness, and width to name a few.
Finding the right solution for your hair can be a frustrating journey, and at times your curls may feel more like a curse than a blessing. Your curly tresses mean you likely have type 3 hair. A little digging will help you uncover which level of type 3 curls adorn your head.
1. Understand Your Type 3 Hair
Hair falls into four main categories, ranging from type 1 straight hair to type 4 kinky coils, according to celebrity hairstylist Andre Walker. Type 3 hair includes three distinct levels of hair curliness, from loose, S-shaped curls to tightly coiled ringlets.
- Type 3A hair is made up of loose, lustrous curls with a large circumference and wave-like appearance.
- Type 3B hair consists of springy corkscrew curls, a bit coarse but with good volume.
- Type 3C hair has extremely dense, tightly defined coils with a narrow circumference and a lot of volume.
Once you identify your specific hair type, the next step toward achieving healthy hair is figuring out your hair’s porosity.
2. Determine Your Hair Porosity
Type 3 hair can hold a lot of moisture, leading to a major frizz problem. On the flip side, type 3 curls often become extremely dried out, which causes split ends and breakage. This all depends on your hair’s porosity – the amount of moisture your hair lets in.
Hair type 3A has high porosity, so it’s always at the mercy of the weather. Humid and rainy days can trigger a frizz-fest in your type 3A curls. Maintain your curls’ lustrous sheen with a lightweight, frizz-controlling moisturizing product.
Type 3B hair has medium porosity, so both frizziness and dryness are common struggles. A lightweight leave-in conditioner will help keep your ringlets moisturized while fighting back frizz.
Last but not least, type 3C hair is low porosity, leading to a lot of shrinkage and breakage. When too little moisture penetrates your hair follicles, you end up with dry brittle curls. Follow a regular moisturizing regimen including deep conditioning treatments once a week or so and a high-quality daily leave-in conditioner.
3. Give Your Hair Daily Dose
The right hair product can be your biggest ally in the fight for glamorous, well-defined curls. Daily Dose™ Miracle Moisture Leave-In Conditioner is lightweight, cruelty-free, and free of sulfates and parabens. Suitable for all type 3 curly hair, Daily Dose moisturizes your hair without weighing down your locks or causing buildup.
After washing your hair, use a paddle brush or a wide-tooth comb to detangle your curls. Then spritz with a mist of Daily Dose and twirl small sections of your hair around your finger while it’s still damp. Hold your ringlet around your finger for a few seconds while pushing upward with your hand, give a quick squeeze, and release for pretty, defined curls. Sleep on a satin pillowcase or wrap your hair in a satin scarf before bed to cultivate healthy, shiny, and beautiful curls.
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Author: Lex Rodgers
Lex is a 25-year-old writer and graphic designer living in Breckenridge, CO. She has been on a healthy hair journey after quitting relaxers, cutting her hair back in 2012 and embracing her natural curls.