A simple guide for caring for your curl type.
3A hair typically consists of loose spiral curls that often have a lightweight feel — especially for those with a much drier hair texture. While making sure your hair is moisturized at all times is a universal hair care rule for all curly hair types because your strands are naturally drier, there are some other things that women with 3A hair have to also consider. Below we break down what you should be doing when you wash and style your hair at home.
3A Hair Type: How to Care for and Style Your Hair
When it comes to caring for 3A hair types, while making sure your hair is moisturized is key, there are some women that have 3A curls and lack of moisture is rarely their issue. Rather, it’s about a lack of volume. There’s nothing more annoying than having limp and lifeless curls If this sounds like you, you can definitely incorporate a shampoo and conditioner into your hair care routine that will help boost volume. One great option is Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Water and Mimosa Flower Shampoo and Conditioner which is specifically created for fine hair types. This formula, which is infused with organic coconut water, lightly moisturizes and leaves fine hair strong and volumized. This is perfect for when you feel like your hair needs a boost.
On the flip side, if you’re opposed to using shampoo, a cleansing conditioner may be up your alley. ApotheCARE Essentials The Replenisher Cleansing Conditioner is formulated for dry hair types and removes impurities while locking in moisture and smoothness for enhanced curl. If you’re looking for something that doesn’t have any sulfates, parabens, dyes or silicones you’ll want to use this on your 3A hair. When using this product, smooth it onto your hair while it’s wet from root to tip, leave it on for 3 minutes and rinse out completely. This cleansing conditioner leaves your hair feeling soft, and your curls defined.
Tips for Styling Type 3A Hair
Styling Your Hair for A Curly Look
There’s nothing like freshly styled curls without the unintentional frizz and tangles. When it comes to styling your curls, there are a few techniques that you can incorporate into your routine to achieve your best curls ever. One of our favorites is the plopping technique. Another technique is to use the diffuser attachment on your blowdryer to dry your hair while minimizing frizz. If you’re styling freshly washed hair, opt for using a detangling leave-in conditioner like Dove Absolute Curls Leave In Detangler Spray. Spray the product onto your hair while it’s wet and detangle from ends to root using your fingers, a detangling brush or a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle your curls.
Straightening 3A Curly Hair
If you plan to straighten your curly hair from time to time, there’s something you may not know. As your curl pattern is a bit looser, it doesn’t require the amount of passes with a flat iron as one would assume. Opt for one pass only with your flat iron if you can and go easy on the heat settings. Test out one section of hair to see how it reacts to the heat setting first. Once you’ve found your sweet spot, stick with that. To protect your curls, use a heat protectant like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray before blowdrying your hair to guard it from the damaging effects of your heat styling tools. You want to be sure you’re protecting your hair as much as possible to avoid dry and damaged hair.