Can I Over-Moisturize My Hair? Understanding Hygral Fatigue

Can I Over-Moisturize My Hair? Understanding Hygral Fatigue

What you need to know about Hygral Fatigue…

Upon reading the title of this article one could immediately see this question as a no-brainer.  Over moisturizing my hair…of course not.  After all, everyone talks about the importance of moisture and deep conditioning so how is this even possible right? Well, as the saying goes, too much of a good thing is never actually good for you and before you decide to keep scrolling on to the next article there are a few points you should know about the technical term called hygral fatigue.

What Is Hygral Fatigue?

Hygral fatigue is the result of constant, excessive swelling of the hair cuticle as water is absorbed and the contracting of the hair cuticle as it dries.  Often associated with porosity issues, this repeated series of swelling and contraction can lead to weaker strands over time causing the hair to stretch beyond normal and eventually lead to breakage.  In essence the hair shaft is working overtime when too much water penetrates and leaves the hair quickly.  Although everyone’s hair and texture is unique here are a few things you may practice right now without knowing the potential harm:

  • Perpetual overnight conditioning
  • Deep conditioning longer than the recommended use
  • Wearing wash & go styles daily, without allowing the hair to completely dry in between
  • Pure use of moisturizing conditioners, void of protein

So what’s a girl to do to prevent hygral fatigue without fearing a simple wash day? Read the full article here on!

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Charlene Walton
Charlene Walton

Charlene Walton McCraney is a Dallas beauty and lifestyle blogger. After years of styling her and several friends’ hair as a hobby, offering advice and tips, she decided to combine two of her favorite things…writing and talking about natural hair! was created to promote healthy hair care for women of all textures and has since evolved into other beauty and lifestyle topics. Charlene loves teaching other aspiring bloggers on how to take their passion and turn it into amazing content to provide value.

Charlene is a previous beauty contributor to,, and

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