According To Andre Walker naturally curly hair has a definite S pattern.
Type 3 hair, when well cared for, can be soft with lots of shine, good body, elasticity and well-defined curls. When damaged, Type 3 hair can be frizzy with no shine and no elasticity. It can also be very dry and not hold its natural curl pattern well. Some people find that damaged Type 3 hair is rough to the touch.
Type 3 hair may not do well in humid climates since it easily absorbs water and eventually springs into its most natural shape. Lots of humidity may mean curlier or frizzer hair. As curly hair dries, it absorbs water.
Type 3 curly hair is usually fine and soft and there is lots of hair. The shape of curly hair cuticles is such that the hair does not easily lay flat and does not have a smooth surface area and thus it does not easily reflect light. Therefore Type 3 naturally curly hair has a harder time looking shiny than other types of hair.
Andre Walker defined two subdivisions for Type 3 hair.
Type 3A, hair that is very loosely curled with big curls. The shorter the hair, the straighter it gets. The longer the hair the more defined the curl.
Type 3B hair has a medium amount of curl, ranging from soft ringlets to tight corkscrews.
It's not unusual to find both subtypes coexisting on the same head. In fact, curly hair usually consists of a combination of textures, with the crown being the curliest part.
Although not defined by Andre Walker some naturally curly people have created additional typings. One of them is what is known as 3C which is Type 3 hair but very tightly curled. This type of tight curl is different than the tight curls of Type 4 hair. Type 3C hair has the circumference of a ball point pen and Type 4A hair has the circumference more of a wide toothpick.
Other Type 3 curl patterns have been defined on the Web. In addition, many peope with Type 3 curl patterns may have more than one at the same time.
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