Hey there, curly girl! We see you, and we know it can be hard to find just the right information about your type of curls. At the end of the day, your hair isn't the same as other curly girls, because your hair requires something different to make it really pop the way you want it to. However, taking care of your curls doesn't have to be rocket science. Here's how to care for Type 3 curls. Give these suggestions a look-over and let us know what works for you.
How To Care For Type 3 Curls
Know your curl:
Before even getting started, you'll need to make sure you know your curl pattern for sure. According to hair stylist Irniel de Leon, your “curl type tends to be more uniform and can range from buoyant loops to an ‘S' shape curl pattern.” Additionally, she went on to add that “It has a coiling shape from the roots to the very ends (think ringlets) and is prone to dehydration so extra care and hydration is necessary for this curl type.” If you're sure this is your curl type, then you're in the right place!
So what next?
So you know you're in the right location, it's time to figure out how to care for your tricky tendrils. Since your curls can be prone to dryness, as sebum doesn't make its way down the tightly-packed coils as easily as other hair types, hydration is key. If you don't keep your strands well-moisturized, you might find yourself with a dry haystack of hair. Start by applying a pre-poo before getting in the shower, and allow it to sit for about an hour. This will soften your strands, and allow you to properly (and safely) detangle your strands before moving on to the shampooing process. After cleansing your strands, make sure to use a hydrating deep conditioning treatment to refresh your strands and restore any lost moisture.
Taking care of your curls:
Once you've got your wash and deep conditioning routine down, it's time to move on to your daily curl care. For styling, make sure you're using products that will offer extra moisturizing or hydration. Your strands will be able to handle a heavier product, so don't be worried about using products with deep levels of hydration. For daily care, make sure you're misting your strands with a leave in conditioner or a curl refreshing spray. Some curlies opt for a morning and night routine, whereas others add moisture throughout the day as needed. Don't be afraid to experiment and do what works for you. Adding oils can also add in shine, as well as keep your strands soft and pliable for styling.