If you have Type 3a curls, you understand the struggles in achieving perfect curls. Type 3a curls tend to have a mind of their own, so understanding your curl type and what it needs is half the battle. To help you struggle less and enjoy your curls more, we’ve put together a suggested routine to help you get flawless, gorgeous curls and you can read more great tips here.
If you’re over washing with shampoo and then over conditioning, you can cause your curls to be weighed down, which will pull their natural pattern out. When you do wash, reach for a sulfate free shampoo and concentrate on cleansing your scalp, as opposed to washing through your curls. For a refresher, consider cowashing to keep essential moisture from being stripped from your delicate curls.
Once you’ve cleansed your curls, consider what their current needs are before selecting a conditioner. If your curls are feeling dried out or frizzy, use a richer conditioner for extra moisturizing. If you don’t want your curls to be weighed down, leave it on for less time than a regular deep conditioning treatment. This is also a great time to detangle your curls by using your fingers to gently work through knots ends to roots. Don’t pull or yank on stubborn knots to avoid breakage.
Get the clump:
Getting your curls to clump together correctly instead of creating flyaway frizz can be difficult for your curl type. To avoid disrupting your curl pattern, don’t touch them unless you’re applying styling product or when they’re dry. Don’t over handle your curls when applying product, as this can break apart the clumps and pattern.
Don’t let terry cloth come near your curls. If you need to use a diffuser to dry your curls, blot them with a microfiber towel or old t-shirt first to remove excess moisture. The longer your curls are exposed to heat, the more likely they are to frizz. Dry your curls upside down and use a medium heat.