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Caring for low porosity curls

by Chelsea Castonguay
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Do you have low porosity curls? If so, you probably have had some struggles when it comes to taking care of your curls. If you don't know what type of curls you have, you might find yourself struggling to figure out what works for your strands. Before you continue spending money on products that won't work, or trying to make your curls do something they won't, figure out if your curls are high or low porosity. If you have low porosity curls, this is how you can care for them.

When you have low porosity curls, this means your cuticles are tightly wrapped around the curl shaft. Therefore, moisture can't easily penetrate into your curls, which means your strands are more likely to be dry. However, the benefit is that once moisture gets in, it doesn't come as easily as for those with high porosity curls. In order to best care for your curls, you're going to need to regularly introduce moisture into your strands to replace what's lost, and help restore your strands. You'll need to use heat to allow the cuticles to raise up, and moisture to penetrate inside. Then, you'll have to help the cuticles close back down. Using cool water can be effective to help smooth your cuticles down.

Before you spend any more money, make sure you're sourcing products that actually will work on low porosity curls. There are some awesome ones out there, including Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment, SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner. All of these will work to help hydrated and prevent your curls from experiencing more moisture loss. Additionally, Kinky Curly Knot Today offers a great product that helps create slip, so your curls won't tangle or knot up.

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