Many people hear the phrase “low porosity” and get worried about taking care of their curls. Don't worry: having low porosity curls doesn't mean you can't have fabulous, beautiful locks. Understanding how to care for your LP curls will help greatly improve the overall health of your curls. Here's what to know about low porosity curls.
Don't close the cuticle more:
Lucky you! You don't need to spend a lot of time worrying about using ACV rinses, or cold water on curls. Low porosity curls are already tightly closed, so avoid pushing the cuticle down even further.
Avoid overusing proteins:
Fortunately, you won't need to do regular protein treatments like other curly girls to maintain the integrity and health of your curls. Too much protein will impact low porosity curls negatively. Instead of being concerned about adding protein, focus instead on adding in moisture.
Seal with light oil:
Heavy oils and butters aren't the friend of the low porosity curl. When needing something to seal curls, focus instead on using a light oil.
Like any curl girl, you're going to want to do what you can to avoid adding silicones into your curl care routine. Scour the ingredient lists of all your curl care products and discard any with silicones, parabens, artificial fragrance, or alcohol. All of these ingredients are incredibly drying to curly hair, which can lead to bigger issues down the road. Replace any tossed products with gentle, all natural products.
Deep conditioning is an important part of the curl care process and shouldn't be skipped. This part is especially important because LP curls need every extra bit of moisture possible. In order to get the most out of a deep conditioning treatment, apply heat with it. The heat will help coax open those stubborn, closed cuticles, allowing for the moisture to penetrate the curl's shaft.