MindBodyGreen: Type 3C Hair ft. ShikSona Beauty

Type 3C Hair: What It Is, How To Care For It & The Best Products To Use

The world of curly hair is a diverse one. While some people might have loose corkscrew curls, others might look much tighter. And don’t get us started on shrinkage—which can be the bane of every natural head out there! One of the first steps toward creating an effective hair care routine is to not only understand your hair type but create habits that bring out the best in your hair.

Bad hair days don’t have to be frequent, and a good routine can make those days far and few between. From pineappling to make a fresh style last, to better understanding the chemistry behind your hair, whether you’re newly transitioning into the natural life or caring for someone with 3C hair, here’s everything you need to know to create the perfect curl-poppin’ 3C hair routine.

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6. Focus on moisture retention.

Curly hair suffers from moisture retention as natural oils produced by the scalp have a harder time making it completely down the hair shaft. And don’t forget that if you have high or low porosity hair, this struggle just got worse. Victoria Stiles, the beauty director of ShikSona Beauty and Glam Set Go notes that “the goal is to keep 3C hair types drenched in moisture without using heavy products, which can add to its natural density, weighing hair down.” So, if you want to bring out the best in your hair, you need to focus on moisture retention. 

Properly moisturized hair tends to hold styles better, has a healthier overall appearance, and can ensure that wash days and styling sessions are less of a struggle. As a general rule, curly heads are encouraged to focus on products such as humectants that help to boost hydration. 

But don’t forget that water is the original moisturizer. Many curlies swear by creating a mix of water, aloe vera juice, and natural oils (i.e., coconut, or jojoba) to spritz their hair throughout the day. Also consider other long-term solutions such as the LOC (liquid, oil, cream) method when styling or GHE (greenhouse effect—but also known as baggying) to help boost hydration. 

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ORIGINAL POST: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/3c-hair