What to look for: springy, tight curls
The first thing we must do is answer a question: what IS 3c hair? Different types of curls are identifiable by their width, but all curly and non-kinky hair is type 3 hair. In particular, 3c curls are tight corkscrew curls that you can fit a drinking straw or a regular #2 pencil into. The 3c hair type is pretty easy to identify — tightly packed corkscrews mean you have a lot of natural volume. If you stretch your curl (and let’s be real, who hasn’t?), your hair still holds onto some of its S- or Z-shape.