When you have curly hair, understanding its needs is half the battle. Knowing your curl's porosity can help you develop the right curl care regime. If your curls have low porosity, there are oils that can help keep in moisture. Curls with low porosity means you have tight cuticles, which prevents moisture from getting in easily. Another consideration is whether or not your curls are thick or fine. This can help determine which types of natural oils are best for your curls.
For low porosity curls, you want to avoid using heavy products and oils. Your curls are most likely prone to build up. When it comes to selecting oils, lighter is better. Here are a few oils we'd suggest for low porosity curls:
Grapeseed Oil: This is one of the lightest oils for low porosity curls. It works to strengthen your curls. It is also great to use when heat styling, as it protects delicate strands and has a high burn point. Pair with another heat protector for best results.
Jojoba Oil: This oil is close to the natural oils produced on the scalp. It also extremely light and won't weigh curls down. For those with low porosity curls that need a sealant, the fatty acids make jojoba a great choice.
Argan Oil: This oil is lightweight yet extremely effective. For low porosity curls that need some shine added back in, organ oil is the answer. Your curls will feel well moisturized without being weighed down, as heavier oils tend to do.
Almond Oil: There are a lot of variations on this oil. You can get this lightweight, moisturizing oil or alone or pick up a blend. A great almond oil blend to try is Mielle Organic’s Mint Almond Oil. This oil smells amazingly sweet and works wonderfully to help revive dull, dry curls.