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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF TYPE 3 AND 4 CURLS

How to take care of your curls and coils depends not just on your hair shape, but also their diameter, which is classified by a, b, or c subtypes. Here, we’ll break down the different curl patterns of curly and coily hair, and give you tips for how to take care of your uniquely gorgeous strands.  

Type 3 Hair 

Before we get into how to take care of curly and coily hair, let’s talk about how to identify it. Type 3 hair form well-defined ringlets that are prone to dryness and frizz. Type 3a is loose curls, type 3b is tighter, springier curls, and type 3c is the tightest curls.  

Type 4 Hair  

Type 4 hair is very tightly curled, coarse, and tends to have a lot of shrinkage. Type 4a is springy with the least amount of shrinkage, type 4b is in a z-coil pattern, and type 4c is dense with the most amount of shrinkage.  

How to Care for Your Curls and Coils     

When it comes to both hair types , the name of the game is moisture. Because oil from the scalp takes a long time to travel down curls, type 3 and 4 hair tends to be drier, which leaves it vulnerable to frizz and breakage. Choose products that are made to moisturize, like Pantene Gold Series Moisture Boost Shampoo and Conditioner, and treat with a spray that can help hydrate and define your hair’s beautiful shape, like Pantene Gold Series Curl Awakening Spray. Opt for air-drying rather than hot tools, which can destroy the shape of your curls until the next wash and try to keep hands and brushes off your dry curls – finger-comb tangles out, or use a wide-tooth comb for knots, and then leave it alone. Curls look their best when we don’t try to get in their way.  

We also recommend incorporating protective styles, using silk pillowcases or scarves while sleeping. 

Looking for more tips on how to care for your relaxed, natural, or transitioning hair? Head over to our blog!

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