What My 3C Hair Can’t Live Without (and What it Wants to Try)

Some people disregard hair types or curl types as racist. Some say their hair does not fit into any of the categories. But I say identifying and knowing your curl type can save you a lot of time, frustration, and money. Yes! It can save you money, honey. How? If you buy the correct products from the beginning, you will not waste money on products that do not work with your hair type.

I identify as 3c, or kinky curly. Some of my fellow 3c sistas include Alicia Keys, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Heather Headley. Type 3c hair has tight curls in corkscrews that can be either kinky or just tightly curled with lots of strands densely packed together. The natural curl is usually no wider than a straw.

I’ve tried many products and I keep going back to some. Others, not so much. First, if you are a 3c be sure you have a diffuser attachment for your blow dryer. It will define your curls and make styling a lot easier.

So what do my 3c curls crave? For definition I swear by the Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner, the DevaCurl frizz free foam and Mister Right, and Mizani True Textures Moisture Stretch Curl Extending Cream. The Mizani is amazing for second-day curls and will make a roller set last an extra week. Don’t ask. It must be magic. The mixed chicks leave-in is my first true love that I discovered after going natural. I still use it when I air-dry my hair, but when I diffuse it I use the DevaCurl system.

To quench its thirst, my hair loves it some essential shea pot de creme from Frederic Fekkai’s essential shea line. At $35 a pop, cheap it is not, but it feels luxurious. One area where I do skimp is shampoo. Why pay top dollar when there are so many good ones out there at reasonable prices? I’m old school and use Dark and Lovely Healthy-Gloss moisture shampoo and moisture conditioner. This way giving my hair the moisture it needs starts in the shower.

My hair loves so much that I have to put the rest of its favorites in list form!

* Carol’s Daughter Tui oil (If you’re natural and don’t know the greatness of this, I can only pray for you.)

* Carol’s Daughter Macadamia Heat Protection serum (The only thing I use when I’m flat ironing and blowing my hair out.)

* Carol’s Daughter Macadamia Heat Setting Foam

* Cibu Spring Roll Hydrating conditioner

* Frederic Fekkai Olive oil glossing cream

* Murray’s Hair pomade (Still my love after all these years.)

Every now and then I will buy something and not use it right away, so right now that item is LUSH’s R&B. I hope to try it this weekend after I was my hair.

What my hair is begging me to try is a mask or treatment. Just for the fun of it. Right now I’m leaning towards trying Ms. Jessie’s Super Sweetback treatment. Yes? No? Maybe so? Let me know what you think. Other products I’m dying to try are the coconut oil ones from The Body Shop.



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