For curlies with 3c hair, there are often a lot of questions about how they can make their curls really pop. The first step in caring for your curls is knowing if you actually do have 3c curls. How can you figure it out? It's actually pretty easy. Take a few strands of curls and wind them around a pencil. If they wrap well and seem to fit, you most likely have 3c curls.
3c curls grow as well as any other curly type. However, since they lack a lot of natural moisture they are more prone to breakage, which can affect length. Keep your curls well hydrated, get regular trims and take good care of them to achieve good growth and length.
When you're trying to learn how to take are of your 3c curls, heat tools are not your friends. Many 3c curlies report that using heat tools on their fine strands actually causes a lot of damage, which leads to frizz and breakage. If you must use heat tools, try to really limit yourself to just a few times a year and make sure to protect your delicate strands with a thermal spray beforehand.
Great curls begin overnight. Before you hit the hay, make sure you're taking good care of your curls. This means moisturizing dry strands with a spritzing spray, and then laying your head to rest on a silk or satin pillowcase. Your regular cotton pillowcase wicks away moisture from your tendrils, which can leave curls feeling dry or brittle. The friction of your curls against the pillowcase can also cause them to lose their structure, which means your curls are going to fall flat the next day. Before going to bed, you can also pineapple your curls to help them retain their shape and overall form.
Try to avoid over washing your curls with shampoo, and limit your cleanses to once a week or even every other week. On your in between days, you can try cowashing to help break up excess dirt and oil without drying out your strands.