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Type 3a Hair Care Routine

Your type 3a curls are soft, shiny, and lightweight making it easy to style.
However, it can be challenging maintaining curl definition; it is prone to frizz
especially in humid weather or when it is not properly moisturised.

The roots of 3a hair tend to lay flat against the scalp, which can create a lack of
volume at the crown. Type 3a hair is characterised by loose, large, well-defined
curls with an S-shaped pattern. We recommend that where possible to buy
products specially designed for your hair type.

Useful topic links: Hair 101 Blog Content and Video content.

ROUTINE
Cleanse
Use a sulfate-free hydrating shampoo to prevent excessive drying and
preserve natural oils. Focus on the scalp and gently cleanse the length of the hair.

Condition
Apply a moisturising conditioner, concentrating on the mid-lengths and ends.
Detangle hair with a wide-tooth comb or fingers while the conditioner is still
in. Start from the ends and work your way up to minimise breakage.

Moisturise
Apply a leave-in conditioner or curl-enhancing product to damp hair, working it
through in sections, to lock in moisture and enhance curl definition. Style by
scrunching hair upwards, praying hands, finger-coiling method or using a diffuser
on a low heat setting to enhance natural curl formation.

Moisturising Agents: Look for ingredients like honey, glycerin, aloe vera, and
panthenol to provide hydration, prevent dryness, attract, and retain moisture,
keeping curls hydrated.

Natural Oils: Seek products containing nourishing oils such as coconut oil, argan
oil, or jojoba oil to add moisture, combat frizz, and enhance shine.

Style
• Avoid heat styling tools and excessive manipulation to minimize hair breakage.
• Experiment with different styling techniques, such as diffusing or plopping, to
enhance your natural curl pattern.
• Minimize manipulation and use gentle detangling techniques to prevent
breakage.
• Consider incorporating protective styles like braids, updos, or twists to protect
your curls and promote growth.
• Trim your ends regularly to prevent split ends and maintain hair health.

Maintenance
Refresh curls between washes with a water-based spray or conditioner, followed
by scrunching and reshaping curls. Avoid excessive touching and heat styling to
minimise damage.

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BONUS

Read our article on Suitable Saloon treatment for your hair type here.

Observing progress:

Observing progress after a change in your care routine requires some patience, as hair changes often take time to become noticeable. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you effectively observe changes in your hair health:

Document Your Starting Point: Before you make any changes to your hair care
routine, take detailed notes and pictures of your hair's current condition. This will
serve as a baseline for comparison later on.

Make Gradual Changes: When altering your hair care routine, avoid making
multiple changes all at once. Introduce one change at a time, such as switching
to a new shampoo or altering your conditioning routine. This will help you
pinpoint the specific factor that might be affecting your hair.

Give It Time: Hair health changes don't happen overnight. Depending on the hair
cycle, it might take a few weeks to a couple of months to see noticeable changes.
Be patient and consistent with your new routine.

Monitor Shedding and Breakage: Keep an eye on the amount of hair you shed
during combing, brushing, and showering. A decrease in excessive shedding and
breakage might indicate improved hair health. Note that if you wear protective
hair style for a long period of time shedding can be more than usual.

Texture and Appearance: Pay attention to changes in your hair's texture, shine,
and overall appearance. Look for signs of frizz reduction, improved manageability,
and enhanced shine.

Scalp Health: A healthy scalp is crucial for healthy hair. Observe whether your
scalp becomes less oily, less flaky, or less itchy with the changes you've made.

Hair Growth: Check for changes in the rate of hair growth. Measure the length of
your hair or mark a specific spot and observe if it grows faster or looks healthier.

Volumizing Effect: Some changes in hair care routines can lead to increased
volume and thickness. Take note if your hair feels fuller or more voluminous after
the changes.

Ask for Opinions: Sometimes, others can notice changes in your hair that you
might not notice yourself. Ask friends or family members if they notice any
positive changes in your hair's appearance or texture.

Adjust as Needed: If you don't see the desired results after a reasonable amount
of time, consider adjusting your routine further. It's possible that the specific
change you made isn't working for your hair type or needs.

Review and Compare: After a few weeks or months, compare your current hair
condition with the baseline you documented initially. Assess the changes
objectively based on your observations.

Consult a Professional: If you're concerned about your hair health or not seeing
any positive changes, consider consulting a dermatologist or a professional
hairstylist. They can provide personalized advice based on your hair's needs.

Remember, every individual's hair is unique, and what works for one person might
not work for another. Finding the right hair care routine may require some trial
and error. Be open to experimenting while paying close attention to how your hair
responds.