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Hygral Fatigue: The Secret Danger of Over-Moisturizing Natural Hair.

Is over moisturizing a thing? Yes it is and it’s referred to as hygral fatigue. Hygral fatigue happens when there is a moisture-protein imbalance. Did you know you can also experience protein overload from too much protein?

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Signs of hygral fatigue on 4C Natural Hair
How to revert and prevent over-moisturizing natural hair

Type 4 hair especially 4C needs a lot of TLC to minimize breakage, retain length , health and moisturizing is one of the top ways to keep our mane looking lush and minimizing breakage but we all know too much of something….

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We focus much on moisturizing and keeping our hair moisturized for longer but can we over moisturize our hair?

We experience hygral fatigue due to constant swelling and deswelling of the cuticle as a result of water entering and leaving the shaft. Is hygral fatigue permanent? No, it can be fixed. Read on.

What causes of hygral fatigue 

  • Over Conditioning- moisturizing deep conditioners are essential until you over condition. Over Conditioning happens when you keep conditioning overnight and/or using only moisturizing deep conditioners without protein treatments which are essential for hair structure and strength.
  • Baggy moisturizing method- don’t know what it is? Read about it here. It’s an awesome moisturizing method until you overdo it & wake up with wet hair daily 
  • Keeping your hair wet for long/always moisturizing. Moisturized hair doesn’t mean damp or wet hair.

Signs of hygral fatigue.

  • Hair lacks elasticity/ bounce- when you stretch it, it doesn’t bounce back.
  • Hair loses its curl pattern.
  • Hair looks lifeless and dull- you will notice less shine and volume.
  • The hair feels too soft, frizzy and looks like you’re experiencing product build up.

Preventing & Reverting hygral fatigue.

  • Incorporate protein treatments in your hair care regimen to restore the moisture protein balance.
  • Pre-poo with penetrating oils like olive, coconut, jojoba oils to reduce the swelling of the cuticle.
  • Don’t leave the deep conditioner longer than the recommended time.
  • Don’t re-wet your hair before it is completely dry.
  • Don’t wash your hair too often.

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Valerie Kinoti

Valerie Kinoti has loved all things hair since she was 8 and always dreamt of having long hair. Decades later she is living the long hair dream and sharing all tips, tricks she has learned over the years.

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