So I’d read some blogs about some different moisturization techniques that could help with length retention and keep hair healthy. Life got busy, they seemed easy and I fell into the trap of washing my hair, wet/damp bunning it almost immediately, wearing buns all the time as my protective style and the baggying once or twice a week.
Just so we’re clear…
wet/damp bunning = I’d wash my hair in the morning before work, pat it lightly with a towel to remove excess water, then I’d let it air dry while I got dressed and did everything else ready for work, if it still felt too damp, I’d let it air dry while driving to work and then once I parked, put my hair into a bun and head in to work.
wearing buns all the time = a bun is considered a protective style because your ends are not exposed to the elements and they are tucked in ‘safe.’ Now, I didn’t wear my buns tightly because I had over-killed on ponytails before and destroyed my hairline. That didn’t matter as wearing my hair in buns still took a toll on my hair line and I saw some breakage there.
baggying/bagging = the act of putting a shower cap on your hair and sitting with it on for a while, sometimes overnight. Those that do this well, may even use some oils or moisturizing lotions as a part of their baggying routine (I was not one of those, I slapped on the shower cap and called it good).
I was moisturizing my hair every day, and I was chuffed with myself because I thought I was doing good. The problem was, I was over-moisturizing my hair and not letting my hair dry out. After a while I noticed that my hair was limp and stringy, it just seemed rather lifeless. I knew immediately what I had done, I immediately googled “over-moisturized black hair” and saw that I needed to balance my hair regimen by adding more protein and easing up on the moisture.
Since then I’ve done a protein treatment every week followed by a deep conditioner, it’s all about balance. My hair isn’t fixed yet but its getting better.
So, I’ll be posting more on signs of over-moisturized hair and what to do about it.