Too Much Moisture: How to tell and fix it

With curls, the main focus is to keep adding moisture in the hair. We are fixated, even obsessed with how to keep our hair hydrated 24/7. Since our hair lacks moisture, it seems alien to think that our hair can be overly moisturized. Many of us think that it isn’t possible… the too much moisture myth. Sadly, it’s true! Our hair needs a balanced moisture level (as if curly hair wasn’t tricky enough to take care of).

So then how do we tell if our hair has too much moisture in it? Why is it bad? How can we keep our levels balanced?

How to Tell

Did you know that too much moisture in the hair can cause it to be frizzy? There are some signs that your hair gives you when it has too much moisture.

  • Hair feels dry
  • Frizzy
  • Hair breaks but its very elastic
  • Mushy, gummy-feeling and limp
  • Can’t hold styles

What causes too much hydration?

There are a many practices that we do to keep our hair conditioned that have negative effects on our strands. These can include constant overnight conditioning, keeping on deep conditioning way too long, constant washing without letting the hair dry fully, and not using enough protein in the hair. Although, when we have the best intentions for our hair when we leave products on hours longer than the recommended time, these practices can be the reason why our hair isn’t flourishing.

So what can you do to balance your hair?

Find the right balance of moisture and protein for your hair. Create a hair regimen that incorporates both protein-based products and moisturizers, and alternate between the two within the month.

Limit the amount of time that your hair is consistently wet. So skip the overnight conditioning, leaving on products too long and the rewashing daily without letting the hair dry during the day. Additionally, close the hair cuticles by using products that are pH-balanced.


Published by Saphie Renee

I’m Saphie Reneé, an American living in the Netherlands.

4 thoughts on “Too Much Moisture: How to tell and fix it

    1. Great question! When I was researching I was also confused. What happens is with afro texture hair especially the constant swelling and closing of the hair cuticles (Hygral fatigue) causes porosity issues in the hair. With the cuticles becoming constantly in a lifted state, the mositure will not be retained resulting in dryness and a porous feeling to the hair. So it is a more longterm effect.

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