When it comes to low porosity curls, the right oils can make all the difference. Porosity refers to your curl's ability to retain moisture, and knowing what your curls need are the most important. If you have low porosity curls, your hair doesn't tend to let moisture in or out. Due to your strands having tightly wrapped, overlaying cuticles, your curls may be more prone to build up. Your curls most likely feel dry.
To help your curls retain moisture, you can consider utilizing natural oils. You're going to want to avoid heavy oils that can weigh your curls down, but it doesn't mean you have to skip oils altogether. These are a few of our favorites.
Argan oil: This oil is beloved amongst curlies everywhere. This oil is ultra light, making it a great choice for curlies with fine hair. It's loaded with antioxidants, proteins, vitamins, fatty acids, phytosterols and squalene, all of which can help your curls retain moisture, be healthy and grow strong. It helps manage frizz and adds shine without adding excess weight. While it's a little pricer, a lot of curly girls find it's worth the expense.
Grapeseed oil: This oil is one of the lightest on the market, and cheaper than argan oil. It's extracted from wine grapes, and is loaded with vitamin E and tons of fatty acids. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make this oil an excellent choice for conditioning and moisturizing curls. You can also use this oil to protect curls against heat styling as it mimics human sebum. It has a smooth, silky texture, which helps sooth dryness.
Safflower Seed Oil: This is an often overlooked and under appreciated oil. It's extracted from the safflower plant. The oil is flavorless, colorless and scent free, which makes it great for those with scent sensitivities. Many people struggling with curl loss, thinning and baldness have found some relief from their symptoms with this oil. It's rich in vitamin E, as well as fatty acids, but is great for fine, low porosity strands without weighing them down. To get it to work, massage into the scalp to help stimulate healthy curl growth.