3B Hair: A Simplified Way to Care for Your Hair Type

No curl left behind!

Hey, curlfriend! Need help with caring for your 3B curly hair type? We’re here to make it just a bit easier to care for you—especially if you haven’t already learned about the essential products your hair type needs. Its time to finally have a routine that you can count on from week to week without fail.

We’ve all been in a position where we try something new on our hair and it doesn’t come out the way we expected. Finding the perfect routine for you does involve a bit of trial and error; however, if you stick to the basics, you’ll have fewer issues when it comes to taking care of your curly hair on your own.

Read on as we dive into what type of curl is considered a 3B hair type, and most importantly, how you can care for it at home:

Woman with shoulder-length 3B natural hair

3B hair types often consist of a cross between medium-sized corkscrew curls and waves. Just like any other natural hair type, it craves moisture the majority of the time. 3B hair types may not need as much moisture as type 4 hair, as the natural sebum from your scalp has just a little less of an issue traveling down your loose curl pattern. However, you can still give it a helping hand with a hair care routine that focuses on maintaining moisture in your hair.

Hair Care & Styling Routine for 3B Hair

Always keep in mind that when your hair is properly moisturized or hydrated, the better your curls will behave. Another thing to keep in mind: Sometimes, the fewer products, the better. When you use too many products in your hair, your curls can feel heavy and lifeless.  Rule of thumb: Stick with the necessities. If you’re in need of a deep treatment after cleansing your hair, you can try a deep conditioner of your choice. This can be an effective D.I.Y. concoction or you can use a product like SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque.

There are a few safe techniques that you can use to achieve your best curly hair day. If you’re in need of a new and effective method, the shingling method is your new best friend. With this method, no strand is left behind. Use a cream like Suave Professionals Curl Defining Cream to help achieve frizz-free and defined curls.

Hairstyle Maintenance for 3B Curly Hair

Pull your hair up into a high pineapple ponytail at night. Opt for sleeping on a silk pillowcase to help retain moisture overnight. If you feel that your hair needs a little moisture at night, you can refresh your hair with a leave-in conditioner like Love Beauty and Planet Smooth And Serene Argan Oil & Lavender Leave-In Smoothie Cream, and seal it in with a lightweight oil like coconut oil.

Need some inspiration for your curly 3b hairstyle? Check out these looks to get ideas for your next style.

1. Pixie

3b hair type pixie
3B hair looks fab in shorter cuts, like a pixie style.

Give your curls a sophisticated style–we’re obsessed with the pixie cut!

2. Highlights

Woman with golden highlights with 3B curls

Add some more color and dimension to your style, try ombré, highlights or balayage to change things up.

3. Hair Fli

3b hair type hair flip
Go for an intense side part/hair flip look.

Your curls add a lot of volume and height to your style, achieve even more by rocking a hair flip or deep side part.

4. Hair Puff

3b hair type puff
Go for a cute puff updo style!

Looking for a simple updo that packs a punch? Create a puff hairstyle.

5. Air-Dried

3b hair type air dry
Let your curls air dry into their beautiful shape!

Embrace your natural 3B hair type texture by rocking an air-dried style.

Thinking about trying out of these inspiration styles? Be sure to snap a picture and tag us @AllThingsHairUS!

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