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How to avoid hygral fatigue for healthy textured hair

Written by: Mimi Kone

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Time to read 3 min

If you're used to lively, bouncy curls and all you've been able to get lately is limp and lifeless hair, hygral fatigue could be the culprit. But what is it?


This pesky condition can wreak havoc on your luscious coils, causing excessive frizz, breakage, and undoing all your hard-won progress. But don’t you worry; we're here to equip you with the knowledge and tools to overcome hygral fatigue and keep your textured tresses thriving. Let's take a closer look at the secrets to maintaining strong, resilient strands that ooze beauty from within.


HYGRAL FATIGUE: WHAT IS IT



First, let's define the term " hygral ." It refers to moisture absorption and release – a crucial aspect of caring for textured hair. When your hair absorbs excessive moisture, the cuticles swell and raise, leaving them vulnerable to weakening and breakage. It's like your hair is drowning in hydration, gasping for air.


Hygral fatigue is closely connected to hair porosity. If you have high porosity hair, you will be most susceptible to hygral fatigue because the raised and damaged cuticles allow excessive moisture to penetrate (and also escape) the hair shaft. The cuticles on high porosity hair open more easily, allowing too much water absorption.


But don’t worry, we have a few tips to help you restore balance and harmony to your mane. So without further ado, let’s explore!

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HYGRAL FATIGUE: HOW TO AVOID IT

1. **Limit Excessive Moisture**


While moisture is the lifeblood of textured hair, too much of a good thing can be... a bad thing. Restrict deep conditioning treatments to once every 2-3 weeks, and avoid leaving them on for extended periods or overnight. Allow your hair to fully dry before rewetting or adding more moisturizing products.


2. **Incorporate Protein Treatments**


Protein is the secret weapon for maintaining strong, resilient strands. Embrace protein-rich deep conditioners or treatments containing hydrolysed proteins like wheat, keratin, or silk. Alternate between moisturizing and protein treatments to strike the perfect balance.


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3. **Minimize Hygral Fatigue Triggers**


Reduce the use of humectant products with glycerin or panthenol if your hair is prone to frizz. Limit heat styling, chemical treatments, and harsh detangling that can raise the cuticles. Use pH-balanced products to help cuticles lay flat and resist swelling.


4. **Watch for Signs of Over-Moisturizing**


Tune into your hair's signals. Low elasticity, a mushy or gummy texture when wet, excessive frizz, shedding, and breakage are all red flags that your hair is over-moisturized.


5. **Embrace Hair Oil**


This may sound contradictory, but you do need to lock in moisture to avoid it escaping. Incorporating a nourishing hair oil into your regimen can work wonders for minimizing frizz and locking in just the right amount of moisture. Look for oils rich in fatty acids, like our Hair & Scalp Oil treatment , which seals in hydration while taming those unruly coils.



CONCLUSION

Remember, healthy textured hair is all about balance. By avoiding hygral fatigue and giving your strands the perfect blend of moisture and protein, you'll be rocking those beautiful, defined curls with confidence and radiant beauty.


If you haven't already, subscribe to our newsletter to stay in the loop with the latest tips, tricks, and product launches for textured hair. And don't forget to order your Hair & Scalp Oil treatment bottle – your coils will thank you for this nourishing indulgence.


With the right care and knowledge, you can beat hygral fatigue.


Until next time,


Bisou,


Mimi

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Mimi Kone

The Author: Mimi Kone

Mimi is the founder of a brand called "Mimi et Mina". She was born in Burkina Faso and later moved to France for her studies, where she briefly worked as a model. Afterward, she completed her education and moved to Geneva, Switzerland, where she lived before eventually relocating to London. She loves everything luxury, self development and meaningful friendships.

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