3A to 3C Texture

Type #3 textures are characterized by a more defined curl that gets tighter as you move through A to C. The tighter your curls become, the more difficult it is to have the moisture from your scalp reach the end of your strand. The closer you are to C, the more you want to be ensure you are incorporating more potent hydration products and sealant products like oils and butters into your regimen, to ensure that your hair gets the moisture it needs.


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.

Keep in mind that your hair will look extremely different from when it is wet to when it is completely dry, and give it time to get there!

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Your springy curls can vary from ringlets to corkscrews. They are voluminous and have a circumference similar to a Sharpie marker. This hair type 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 when in humid climates.

Use a humectant-based styling cream or milk for more moisture and less dryness when in dryer climates.

Use a detangling product like a Denman Brush or wide tooth comb to make the detangling process much easier.

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Your strands resemble an in-between of curly and coily, and tend to be dense, tightly packed corkscrews that are the circumference of a pencil or a straw.

Quick Tips:

Type 3C hair tends to experience the most volume, but also the most shrinkage of curls. Gently enhance and safely stretch without heat using a twist-out, bantu-knot out, flexi rod set or perm rod set.

Utilize a diffuser to lock in the effect of the styling products and leave your curls with higher levels of bounce, definition and movement.

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Okay.. now that we know what type #3 hair is... 

How Does This Help Us Buy Our Products?

Best Ingredients

For Type 3 hair, utilize products with a thickness medium in consistency that will hydrate and define your tighter coils and fight frizz, but will not excessively weigh the hair down.

In excess humidity, utilize products with anti-humectant ingredients, and in dryer climates, use products with humectant ingredients.

Anti-Humectant Ingredients:
shea butter
castor oil
avocado oil
coconut oil

Humectant Ingredients:
aloe vera
sodium PCA

Utilize water-based curl creams when looking for a hydrating hold with movement, and utilize a gel-based definer when looking to fight frizz and super define.

Water-Based Definers:
Taliah Waajid Apple and Aloe Curl Elixir
Aunt Jackie's Curl La La

Gel-Based Definers:
CurlsBlueberry Bliss Control Jelly
Mielle Organics Pomegranate and Honey Coil Scultping Custard

Utilize light spray leave-in conditioners/curl refreshers and lighter oils to apply on the hair in between wash day.

Mielle Organics Curl Refresher Spray
Up North Naturals Freshen Up Hair Mist
The Mane Choice Restorative Spray
Shea Moisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Leave-in Treatment 

Best Hair Care Practices

Implement these practices in your haircare regimen to get best curl and moisture results with your application of products.

Utilize the LOC Method:

After applying your rinse our shampoo and conditioner, rake your leave-in conditioner through your strands ensuring each one is covered.

Follow up with an oil or butter based sealant to lock the moisture inside.

Apply your styling/curl defining cream or gel to your curls, ensuring each strand is covered.

Scrunch your hair upside down after LOC products have been applied and rake product through your curls.

Utilize a diffuser on medium air to scrunch the hair while drying, or scrunch for a while before leaving it to air dry.

Scrunching upside down will increase volume .
Rake the product in between your strands section by section to ensure that all of the product is being applied to the hair.

Don't wash your hair too often & deep condition often.

Generally, ensure you are waiting 5 to 7 days before you wash your hair. If you actively workout, utilize a high level of product or incur a high level of natural oils, try utilizing co-washes every other wash to give your hair that cleansing without stripping the hair of too much moisture.

Deep conditioning gives your hair access to moisture that will help it to increase it's moisture retention over time. Deep condition every two weeks with any of our deep conditioning or mask products. 

A New Guide to Buying

The right product, the first time.

Keeping which ingredients, regimens and products work best for your hair texture in mind while you are shopping is crucial in making the right buying decision, as you are able to determine the best possible option for yourself.


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