Not all curls are created equal. Each curl type has specific needs to help them look their very best. If you have type 3a curls, check out this routine to help your curls look great!
Poo or no poo? Many of our friends with thicker, tighter coils opt out of using shampoo when it comes to their curls and go exclusively with cowashing. There's nothing wrong with that but your curls might need a little more. If you decide to keep using shampoo, limit your wash days to about once a week and pick up a gentle, sulfate free shampoo.
Moisturize: Depending on how your curls are doing, you might want to mix up the types of moisturizers you use. ON days your curls feel dry, go for a thicker, more hydrating product and allow it to sit for the full thirty minutes. If your curls feel ok, you can go with a less thick product and keep it in a shorter amount of time.
Detangle correctly: While your curls are coated with conditioner is a great time to work on detangling them. Start at the end and work your way up to the roots in sections. Use your fingers to work through individual snarls and tangles.
Clump curls: It can be hard to encourage type 3a curls to clump nicely, so avoid leaving any heavy conditioners in your curls. Rinse completely and then try to avoid touching curls as much as possible. Apply a medium to light hold gel throughout your curls, flip your hair upside down and scrunch throughout. Try to avoid over scrunching so you don't crush your curls.
Dry gently: If your curls are soaking wet, it will take much longer to dry them and can make them frizzier. Use a t-shirt or a microfiber towel to gently express excess water from your strands. If you want to use a diffuser to speed up the process, wrap a t-shirt around your head for ten minutes to absorb excess water. Diffuse your curls upside down until about 90% dry.
Get volume: If your curls feel a little flat, use four to six bobby pins. Place along your natural part line and pin hair back until it's completely dry. Remove the pins and shake curls to allow them to fall into place.