When it comes to hair products, many of us are just not sure which ones are the best for our hair.
We like to go for trending or the most affordable. However, before you buy any hair product, you have to make sure that it is suitable for your hair type.
There are many different types of hair types that women fall into. Having said that, you always need to know which hair type you have.
So which hair type is yours?
Generally, hair is classified into 4 types. Their classification is based on the texture and level of curliness. The types are
- Straight Hair
Above all hair types, this is probably the most common type. Straight hair is further divided into 1A, 1B and 1C.
The 1A is the straightest hair you can find while the 1C type has a wavy look and a thicker texture.
The straight type of hair generally makes you look classic as well as professional. The best part of this hairstyle is that it goes with almost any type of outfit.
In our second place, the wavy hair type is looks just as good as it sounds. It has a wave-like look and has a thicker texture than the straight.
Just like the straight hair, the wavy type is also divided into 2A, 2B and 2C
The curly type of hair may be the most popular. Many women love it because besides making you look stylish, it will also make you stand apart from the crowd, so you will definitely be noticed when you walk into the room.
The first and the second type of hair categories have three sub categories while this curly type of hair only has two subcategories, the 3A and the 3B.
What about the 3C type hair? We will soon answer this question below, so read on.
The kinky hair is unique and can be styled in a lot of ways. It is where the expression “feeling kinky” came from.
Just like the Curly type hair, the kinky type is divided into 4A and 4B.
What is a 3C hair type?
We have covered all the four types of hair and we haven’t seen the 3C type hair. So, why is that?
Actually, the 3C type hair was never recognized when the types of hair were being categorized in the hair charting system.
The need to name the 3C type of hair came later on. There were a significant amount of women who fell between the super curly (which would be 3B) but not exactly kinky as the 4th category. As such, the 3C hair type was recognized and it standard characteristics were set.
The 3C type hair was identified as being too curly to the point that it took an s or a z curve (or coil), even despite being stretched out.
How do you care for 3C hair?
Figuring how to take care of this hidden category can be a mammoth challenge, especially if you have this type of hair.
Curly hair is said to be drier than straight hair than straight hair because it is a lot harder for the natural fats to travel down the hair channels. As a result, the curly hair is prone to more damage than the straight hair.
Because this hair is different from all the other types of hair, it deserves a different treatment as well as different products from all the other types of hair.
There are so many different products that you can use to moisturize your 3C hair type. Below, we have put together the top 10 best hair moisturizing products just for you.
- Aveda Be Curly Shampoo
This is known to be the number 1 recommended shampoo for curly hair. It has a soft nature and it reduces hair loss which is associated by washing.
Aveda be Curly Shampoo not only cleanses the curls, it also defines them and enriches them as well.
Also, you have the advantage of obtaining wheat protein and organic aloe. These elements adjust to the contraction and expansion of your hair when it is dry and wet, respectively.
Besides the benefits, it will leave your hair smelling great and will be great to your environment because the bottle is 100% recyclable.
As of the price, you can find this product for $24 on Nordstrom
- L’Oreal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Shampoo
This shampoo has been tagged as the best shampoo for colored hair so far. “So, what makes it best for hair?” you may ask.
First of all, the hydracharge shampoo does not contain any surfactants or any harsh salts that can otherwise ruin the color. Yes, this shampoo won’t strip you of your dye job.
On top of that, it contains coconut oil which, besides providing additional benefits, hydrates your hair just the way it needs to be.
On a plus note, it keeps your curls defined for as long as 2 days and also, it is very cheap. You can get yours for just as low as $7 on Walmart.
- SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo
Known as the best sulfate-free shampoo, the SheaMoisture shampoo is one of the best for curly hair types.
Generally, sulfates are found in many beauty products and are used for cleansing purposes. Your 3C hair type, however, is already prone to dryness, as we mentioned before.
As such, sulfates would only make it dryer. So, it is recommended that you should purchase sulfate-free shampoo, just like this great one. It only costs $10 on Walmart.
- Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Hydrating Shampoo
This is another sulfate-free shampoo that contains some tomato as well as avocado (as ingredients) which help to ferment the seals to ensure consistent drying of the curls and increase volume as well as weight of the body, respectively.
The best part of this shampoo is that you can use it on wavy and kinky hair as well- consider it as a versatile shampoo.
However, it is not good on chemically-treated hair and colored hair, so if you dyed your hair, go for a product that is color-friendly, like the L’Oreal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Shampoo (on point 2)
This product costs $10 on Sephora, one of the best sellers of beauty products.
- Vernon Francois Curl Command Shampoo
The Vernon Francois Shampoo contains a lot of ingredients that nourishes the hair while ensuring that it is moisturized.
In detail, it has vitamin A, D and E- there is a reason why this product is the top vitamin-rich shampoo. On top of that, it is sulfate-free.
- Redken Curvaceous Hi Foam Shampoo
Known as the best foamy shampoo, Redken Curvaceous Hi Foam shampoo is one unique product that you should definitely try out.
Even though it is very foamy, the product is sulfate-free. However, you will need a couple of cleanses to remove the foam build up, which is fine for such a fine product.
- Herbal Essences Bio: Renew Hydrating Shampoo Coconut Milk
If you never knew about a herbal shampoo, here is one product to check out. It is rich in antioxidants, sea kelp as well as aloe, all of which help to boost the hair’s health to give your noticeable changes in just less than a month.
The antioxidants are included to help purify the hair to let the other ingredients moisturize it, thereby refreshing your hair.
- DevaCurl No-Poo Original Conditioning Cleanser
Another shampoo that made it on our list is the DevaCurl No-Poo Original Conditioning Cleanser. It is the brand’s best-selling original cleanser.
With this shampoo, you do not have to worry about your hair getting too dry after cleansing off the shampoo because it moisturizes the skin without removing any natural oils.
Many users of this product have stated that they like it because of its great scent, which is brought about by the peppermint oil and the Turkish rose.
As if that’s not enough, this shampoo is 100% silicone-paraben and, of course, sulfate free.
Fact: The brand brought the DevaCut hair-cutting Technique. If you are not familiar with this technique, it is a special kind of dry cutting method that enhances all kinds of natural textures.
- Aloxxi Colourcare Hydrating Shampoo
On our 9th position, we have the Aloxxi Colourcare. 10 antioxidant extracts were added to this product to ensure that your skin is cleansed of all impurities.
Also, it is enriched with olive oil and it gives a comfortable lather that protects your hair from the sun’s UV rays, thereby keeping restored and bouncy.
- Mizani True textures Moisture Replenish Shampoo
As we said it many times in this article, the curlier the hair, the more it will be prone to dryness other than the other types of hair.
Because of this, you want a product that will not further the dryness, but keep the hair moisturized by not removing the natural oils.
Being sulfate-, paraben and silicone-free, Mizani is the only hair shampoo you will ever need.