What Does It Mean to Have 3b 3c Hair?

It’s Monday and I’ve officially achieved a two-a-day workout today that kicked my butt. I almost quit during workout number two, but I fought through it. Kind of proud of myself, so I’m ready to tackle this week. And not to mention I’m on cup of coffee number two #caffeinewasted! Anywho, I wanted to touch base with you and address some questions I’ve recently had come through on my latest posts about my curl tutorials for 3b 3c hair. I didn’t realize that a lot of you don’t know what I meant by 3b or 3c hair. That’s my bad. So to answer your questions, let me break it down for you.

There are a few different hair typing systems out there and the one I tend to go by is the one created by Oprah’s hair stylist, Andre Walker. The system is used to help identify the type of hair you have, so you can figure out how to care for your hair and what products you should use to cleanse and style your hair. Numbers 1-4 in the typing system relates to whether the hair is straight to kinky. ‘1’ being straight, ‘2’ is wavy, ‘3’ curly and ‘4’ is kinky. Then within that numbering system, there are sub-levels A-C. ‘A’ being less curly and ‘C’ being the highest level of curl in that category.

3b and 3c curls in particular means that the hair strands are in a S shape or a tight coil. The hair is very prone to frizz due to humidity. It’s best to use styling creams that won’t weigh down the hair and to reduce the potential for frizz. You’ll also want to use a sulfate-free cleanser because our hair type usually tends to lead to a dryer scalp. Also, the sulfate-free formula won’t strip your hair of its natural oils and minerals which is crucial to retaining moisture. Our hair tends to get very dry and dull looking due to the natural lack of moisture, so you’ll want to make sure you deep condition your hair for about an hour at least once a week. I find that this amount of deep conditioning lends the most definition and the shiniest looking curls.

If you’re looking for a great guide to type your hair, click here. I hope this clears things up for you. Please leave a comment below with any other questions you may have or your thoughts on hair typing systems. What hair type are you and what are your favorite products to use?

Sidenote: I’m currently on day 3 curls and I’m loving the results! You guys have got to try out my latest wash and go routine. You’ll find that your hair volume gets bigger and bigger as the days go by and the shine and definition still look incredible! xo

Love,

Marcella

Easy Wash & Go Routine 3b 3c Curls

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’m on a journey of loving my natural hair. A part of loving what you have, is taking care of what you have. So over the years I’ve been learning how to take care of my curly hair. I never really was taught how to take care for my naturally curly hair. I just knew that I always had dry looking curls, unless I globbed a ton of L.A. Girls hair gel which made it super crunchy after it dried. I also knew that I didn’t have that pretty defined look that I really liked, but was never able to achieve. I’ve discovered the key to achieving that healthy curl look is all in how you care for your hair! After lots of trial and error and spending lots of money on products, I am sharing my super easy wash & go routine for my 3b 3c curly hair. I’ve tried so many different routines, and this one is my favorite at the moment. I sometimes get lazy with my haircare, so this was perfect because it only requires 3 products and not a lot of time. This routine takes me a maximum of 10 minutes and the result is amazing looking hair. Try it out and write in the comments below how you liked it or if you used different hair products. I’m always in search of good curly hair products. And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more videos to come! xo

Products Used:

Mielle Organics White Peony Leave-In Conditioner
Rafael Salgado Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Miss Jessie’s Multi Cultural Curls

Love,

Marcella

Best Wash Day Routine for 3b 3c Curls

I am so excited to share my first video on my new YouTube Channel! I filmed my current wash day routine for curly hair. I have invested a lot of time and trial & error trying to figure out the best wash day routine for my 3b/3c curly hair type. I’m so glad to cut out all the leg work for you and show you exactly what I do to achieve defined curls. Below is a list of all products used. Try it out and write me a comment on how the routine worked for you.
Products List:
Mielle Organics Mine Almond Oil
Mielle Organics Babassu Conditioning Shampoo
Nirmal Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil
Mielle Organics Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner

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Love,
Marcella

Elegant Chignon for Curly Hair

One of my favorite hair styles I’ve worn for as long as I can remember is an elegant chignon. I particularly like to wear this hairstyle when my hair is a few days old and I want to still look chic and put together. Here are my steps on how I achieve this look.

Step 1: Get a good hair tie. A good hair tie is key to this style, you want to make sure that however tight or loose your hair bun you want it to be, it’ll stay in place for the entire day.

Step 2: Put your hair in a low ponytail just above the nape of the neck. I find this placement to be the most flattering and “expensive” looking.

Step 3: Next step is to twist your hair like a spiral and then pull it around in a circle.

Step 4: Use bobby pins to pin your hair down in a soft bun.

Step 5: The final step is to use hairspray to smooth down your hair and you’re DONE! My favorite hairspray that I’ve been using for years is the Tresemme Extra Firm Control HairSpray.

Try it out and see how you like it. Let me know in the comments your experience applying the steps on your own hair! xoxo

Love,

Marcella

5 Benefits of Vitamin C Serum

I have been really diving into skincare in the last few years because I’ve had major struggles with acne. I have had so many ups and down and I have finally arrived at a good place where I feel my skin is doing ok. As a result of my battle with acne, I have scarring that I am working on getting rid of. One thing that has been essential in helping me with reducing the appearance of my acne scars is my Vitamin C oil! Vitamin C has been vital to my health personally, because for as long as I can remember I get sick so easily. I make sure I take my Emergen-C at least once a week and every day when I’m feeling like I might be coming down with something. Vitamin C has tons of anti-oxidants, boosts the immune system and has countless other benefits. It wasn’t until about a year ago that I learned the major benefits when you apply this amazingness to your face. Vitamin C is now a staple in my nightly skincare routine and I am currently loving Mario Badescu’s Vitamin C serum. I apply the serum immediately after cleansing my face, I let it sit for a minute to soak in, then I apply my nightly moisturizer and lip balm. I have noticed a significant difference in my complexion, particularly the reduction in my acne scars. I am in love with the benefits of Vitamin C for my skin and I wanted to share some of my favorite benefits so that you can try it out yourself.

  1. Anti-Aging: This stuff works miracles in fighting the signs of aging because of the moisturizing effect it has on your skin. It helps generate collagen which keeps your skin looking young and supple. I like to use my Vitamin C oil nightly to keep my skin looking radiant and youthful.
  2. Protects against free radicals: Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid, and is known to be rich in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are your number one defense against free radicals (which essentially are bad molecules from pollution, radiation or cigarette smoke that cause pre-mature aging).
  3. Reduces Appearance of Age Spots from UV/sun damage: Vitamin C reduces the damage from UV (ultraviolet) light exposure from the sun by helping the cells in your skin regenerate and rejuvenate.
  4. Reduce Wrinkles: Don’t worry if you’re already showing a few lines and wrinkles, Vitamin C can fix that too. Studies have shown that after about 12 weeks of consistent use, you will see a reduction in wrinkles, leading to smoother skin. This is because Vitamin C induces the production of collagen which helps your skin have more elasticity, resulting in a more youthful appearance.
  5. Reduce Acne Scar Damage: As I’ve noticed on my own skin, Vitamin C is proven to reduce the appearance of acne scars. It’s also known to help heal acne lesions much quicker.

I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me. Let me know in the comments your experience with Vitamin C serum and if you notice a difference. xoxo

Love,

Marcella

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The Best Skincare for Dry Climates

Since moving to the Middle East, I have noticed a major difference in my skin. I went from combination/oily skin to super dry. I also developed very dry lips that no matter how much chapstick I applied, they never felt moisturized. The hunt for a new skincare regimen was underway and here is what I found to work best for my new skin-type.

Cleanser:

I suggest to use 2 different cleansers. One gentle and the other normal. Here’s why. A gentle cleanser will not strip your entire face of the natural oils it produces. The normal cleanser will completely cleanse your face of the day’s harsh particles that hit your face. I like to use a gentle cleanser in the morning because I don’t want to strip all the oil my face produced during the night. In the evening, I use a normal strength cleanser like Dermalogica MediBac line to completely cleanse my face of the days’ pollutants and particles that might have landed on my skin throughout the day.

Apply Serum Day & Night:

Invest in a good serum! I use Chantecaille’s Vital Essence serum which has olive leaf and grapeseed oil and is an excellent source of hydration for the skin. It’s light and doesn’t feel oily on the skin and absorbs right in the pores which I like because it feels like it gets straight to work. I use this as a “first layer” of moisture. I also love that this can be used around the eye area. A more affordable serum I suggest is the Mario Badescu Vitamin C serum. Just be sure to use a small amount and you’ll get the same effect.

Apply Moisturizer Day & Night:

During the day I wear the Clarins spf 50 moisturizer over my serum before I apply my makeup. At night I use the Chantecaille Water Flower Fluid and I love it because it’s lightweight and doesn’t break me out. When I feel like my skin needs an extra drink of water, I love using the May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon. It is the most amazing feeling moisturizer ever and I wake up with luminous and glowing skin.

Body:

My skin was so dry no matter what lotions I used. But I found that Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula has been doing my skin so good lately. My skin is not dry, and has a healthy glow to it also. If I feel my feet and knees need a little extra moisture I mix Vaseline with lavender oil. I use a lavender oil from a Brooklyn company called Limegreen, but you can use any oil you prefer. I like it because it comes in a spray bottle and I just mixed it in my hand with a dopple of Vaseline.

Lips:

Vaseline. This is the only thing that has worked for me. I have tried so many different lip balms and nothing else has worked. Every few days, I still get dry lip flakes on my lips, so I also use the GlamGlow lip scrub to get rid of any dead skin to kind of “start over” with my lips. But ultimately I have to use Vaseline throughout the day and at night for dry lip relief. The only other thing that has come close is the Baume de Rose by Terry. It is very moisturizing and actually feels smoother than Vaseline, but Vaseline has a better price point so that’s my go-to.

I hope my suggestions on skincare for dry climates help. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Do you have any suggestions on what’s worked for you? I’d love to try them! xoxo

Love,

Marcella