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How to take care of 3b hair and the best products to use

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It is not enough that you know you have curly hair. To better take care of your curls, you need to know your curly hair type. There is type 3A, 3B and 3C. Type 3A hair has S-shaped curls that form a loose loop. While type 3B hair has well-defined spirals that look like ringlets. Type 3C hair has tight and springy curls. Let us give this moment for type 3B hair. To better visualize a type 3B hair, think of a sharpie. The rings of a type 3B hair have a size similar to the barrel of a Sharpie. The size of these rings makes them bouncy and springy from the roots – if taken care of correctly. So how do you take care of type 3B hair?

Wash Day Routine

Curly hair like type 3B hair is generally on the dry side. This is because the spiral shape of the hair does not allow the natural oils of our hair and scalp to travel through the hair shafts. So it is recommended to minimize your shampoo days and instead use alternative hair care products to clean your hair and scalp. There are “no-poo” and co-wash products that you can use as an alternative to your regular shampoo.

Protecting the hair between washes is a must for all curly hair. We want bouncy curls, not greasy and oily hair. To clean your hair between washes, you can use dry shampoo. And to keep them from getting frizzy and dry, you can opt for a moisturizing and lightweight leave-in conditioner. 

There is no correct answer on how often do you wash type 3B hair. This all depends on your hair type. If you have oily hair and scalp, then you might need to wash more often than those on the dry side. But this does not mean you need to wash with your regular shampoo. Do a reset wash with your normal shampoo at least once a week. For the rest of the week, you can try co-washing or using a no-poo hair cleanser or even a dry shampoo.

How to take care of type 3B hair?

Shampoo once a week

As we have mentioned, curly hair is on the dry side. So we strongly suggest that you cut on using your regular shampoo to wash your hair. The regular shampoo contains chemicals that can strip off the natural oils from our hair and scalp. Once a week shampooing can remove product build-up and give a deep and thorough clean to your hair and scalp.

Find the right products for your hair

The reason why you need to know your hair type is so you can choose the best product suited for your hair type. Type 3B hair needs moisture and tends to be frizzy so opt for products that can supply your hair with much-needed moisture and hydration.  

Deep condition regularly

A deep conditioner can do wonders for your hair. It is a once-a-week treatment that can repair and moisturize your hair. There are many deep conditioners available in the market. Choose the one that can provide moisture and hydration to your hair. 

Take note of your hair’s porosity

Hair porosity is the ability of your hair strand to hold water. Your hair porosity can affect the compatibility of the product to your hair. If you have low porosity hair, you need a hair care product that contains humectants for moisture to penetrate deeper into your hair shaft. If you have high porosity hair, you will need products that contain protein. 

How to refresh and enhance type 3b hair?

If you want to refresh your type 3b hair, you can choose from the products listed above. Products like leave-in conditioners and curl creams can instantly transform your hair from frizzy and dull to bouncy and soft curls.


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Mielle Pomegranate & Honey Leave-in Conditioner

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Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk

A styling cream that adds moisture to the hair and controls the curls. The combination of Silk protein, Coconut oil and Neem oil hydrates and protects hair from frizz while adding a brilliant shine.

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Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream

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Mizani 25 Miracle Nourishing Oil

25 curly hair benefits in one small bottle. Made with natural Coconut oil, Olive oil, Sunflower oil and Jojoba oil that penetrates deep into every hair strand for that weightless shine and nourishment to dull hair.

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Camille Rose Caramel Co-wash Cleansing Conditioner 

Cleanse your hair with this thick and creamy blend of caramel and gourmet ingredient without stripping your hair’s natural oil. Made with Caramel that softens and loosens the hair and Witch Hazel smoothens frizz and reduces breakage.

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Aunt Jackie’s Oh So Clean Moisturizing and Softening Shampoo

Deep moisturizing and detangling shampoo for severely damaged hair. Enriched with Coconut oil, Shea butter and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil that thoroughly and gently cleanse the hair while making it softer and healthier.

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Giovanni 2chic Ultra Moist Shampoo – Avocado and Olive Oil

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