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

Alyssa François | 26 January 2018
3B Hair

No curl left behind!

Hey curl friend! Need help with caring for your 3B hair type? We’re here to make it just a bit easier to care for your hair 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!

Let’s face it: 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. We’ll be honest, finding the perfect routine for you does involve a bit of trial and error. However, if you stick to the basics, you’ll have less 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 how you can care for it at home.

Your Natural Hair Care Guide for Type 3B Hair

3B hair short curly bob
Best of both worlds: A cross between waves and coils. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

3B hair types often consists of a cross between medium-sized corkscrew curls and waves, and just like any other natural hair type, it craves moisture 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 less products, the better. When you use too many different products in your hair, your curls can feel heavy and lifeless so stick with the necessities. Try using a cleansing conditioner like ApotheCARE Essentials The Replenisher Cleansing Conditioner to cleanse and hydrate your hair. If you’re in need of a deep treatment after cleansing your hair, you can follow up with a deep conditioner of your choice. This can be an effective D.I.Y. concoction or you can use a product like Nexxus Humectress Moisture Restoring Masque.

NEXXUS HUMECTRESS MOISTURE RESTORING MASQUE

When styling your curl type, 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 gel like TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel to help achieve frizz-free and defined curls.

APOTHECARE ESSENTIALS THE REPLENISHER CLEANSING CONDITIONER
TRESemmé FLAWLESS CURLS DEFINING GEL

Hairstyle Maintenance for 3B Curly Hair

To maintain your 3B natural hair type at home, pull your hair up into a high ponytail and 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 Suave Professionals Avocado + Olive Oil Smoothing Leave-In Conditioning Cream, and seal it in with a lightweight oil like coconut oil.

SUAVE PROFESSIONALS AVOCADO + OLIVE OIL SMOOTHING LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER

For more tips on how to care for naturally curly hair, here’s a tutorial on how you can build your own natural hair regimen at home. 

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