No matter how long you’ve been natural for, I’m sure we’ve all heard one or two (million) times the importance of moisture. Moisture is what keeps our curls from drying out and breaking off. It is the bread and butter of being natural, but is it possible to over-moisturize? Is that even a word in our vocabulary?
It turns out over-moisturizing is a real thing called Hygral Fatigue. Hygral Fatigue occurs when the follicles of your hair are being overworked. Follicles expand when your hair is wet and contract as your hair dries. Wetting your hair before it is completely dries causes the already closing follicle to open back up again. This causes strain to your follicles which reduces your hair elasticity, strength, and overall health.
How to prevent it?
So how do you master the balancing act of moisturizing your hair enough so it doesn’t break off and not too much so that it doesn’t break off? Here are some tips on how to avoid Hygral Fatigue:
- Don’t rewet your hair before it's completely dry: This is especially difficult when doing wash and gos. Try applying all your products in one go.
- Don’t leave deep conditioners in longer than recommended time: Normally deep conditioners should be left in for 20-40 minutes. When you leave them in for longer, your hair shaft expands so much that it can break off due to the tension. Too much of a good thing is real!
- Make sure your hair is getting protein. This will prevent your hair from over stretching and protect your strands if you happen to over-moisturize. You want an equal mix of moisture and protein when deep conditioning.
What to do if I have Hygral Fatigue?
Protein! As previously mentioned, protein will strengthen your hair and allow it to be able to resist excessive swelling. The Damaged Hair Solution of our Fresh Avocado Deep Conditioner is packed with protein and will help to repair your fatigued strands!
Have you ever experience Hygral Fatigue? Let us know in the comments!