In a community where deep conditioning is our number one rule, protein treatments are a must, and heavy conditioners filled with butter and oils are the norm, it can be easy to over-moisturize our curls. Not only do we tend to over-moisturize with our conditioners, but sometimes we use products that are too heavy for our hair.
You might think that the more moisture, the better, right?!?! Wrong! Too much moisture will make your curls look heavy, greasy, stretched, frizzy and not defined.
If you’re wondering, how do I know if I’m over-moisturizing? Your first clue is your hair’s appearance. Examine your curls, if they look greasy and limp on your scalp and frizzy on your ends you’re over-moisturizing. You can spray your hair with a little water and if the water sits on top of your hair and does not penetrate it that’s a sign that you’re over-moisturizing.
If you determine you have been over-moisturizing and want to balance the moisture in your hair, try using a clarifying shampoo, conditioning with a lightweight conditioner, styling with a lightweight styling product, and finishing with your favorite styling foam or alcohol-free gel for hold.
Once you have balanced your curl’s moisture, you can reinstate deep conditioning into your routine, in moderation. If you’re not sure which products to use the best thing to do is try different products until you find the combination of products your curls react to best!
For Curly Tips, help with your transition and all things curly you can find me on YouTube as Jiolka D and on Instagram @jiolkad. Free thefro!
By: Jiolka Peralta