August 19, 2023

How to Fix Hygral Fatigue

As you may already know, the cuticles of your hair strands are what protects your hair from damage. When your cuticles are damaged, you are at risk of hygral fatigue, which is when excess moisture causes your hair to repeatedly swell and then shrink. Repeatedly swelling and unswelling your hair strands is stressful and can damage your hair. If left untreated, hygral fatigue can lead to frizz, tangles, and brittleness. It also can result in dull, limp, and lifeless-looking hair.

While hygral fatigue can be caused by many things, some of the most common culprits are over-conditioning (constant overnight conditioning or leaving your deep conditioner in for too long), over-moisturising, and low protein. The last one is the most common since your natural hair is naturally high in protein and needs to be balanced.

If you suspect you have hygral fatigue, you can test to see if it is indeed the issue by gently stretching your hair when it's wet after a shampoo and conditioner session. If your hair stretches and easily springs back to its original shape, you have a healthy balance of moisture and protein. However, if your hair doesn't stretch or breaks when you pull it, that's an indicator of hygral fatigue.

The best way to fix hygral fatigue is to prevent it from happening in the first place. This means using the right shampoo, conditioner, and styling products based on your hair type. It also means regularly using a protein conditioning treatment. This will help your hair maintain its innate protein structure, which can resist excessive expansion when wet.


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