What to do about over-conditioned hair?

I believe that my hair is over-conditioned.

I didn't think that this was possible because my hair had always been dry and rough to the touch. It looks like my hair was in horrible shape because of the products that I had been using for my entire adulthood.

In any event, my hair is now very soft, cottony to the touch and spongy. It stays wet for hours. I think that my weekly deep conditioning treatments have been a little too intense. My hair is softer than usual with poor curl definition. It also stretches very easily (high elasticity).

Does anyone have any ideas on what I should (or shouldn't) do to get my hair back to normal? I stopped co-washing and only rinse my hair now between shampoos. I also just started using a lighter conditioner than normal (Tigi Bed Head Moisture Maniac). My normal conditioners are Blended Beauty Curl Quenching, Jessicurl Aloeba and Oyin HoneyHemp.

Should I stop using conditioner for a while? I'm worried about how I would detangle my hair without conditioner.

Any advice would be appreciated.
YES WE CAN!

kdcreigh 4a and b (who knows?)

Relegated to occasional lurking in order to keep the PJ in check!


http://public.fotki.com/kdcreigh/
PW: natural
I'd do an ACV rinse. This balances out the hair and scalp, and also works as a clarifyer. What's your routine with the condishes? You may just want to cut back on how often you COwash, condition, and deep condition. I think once a week may be too much, but you won't know until you experiment. HTH!
3B Corkscrew... I'm back on the boards now! Just got The Big Chop on Monday, pics coming soon.
Just a suggestion in case the ACV doesn't fix things. My hair with a lot of conditioner built up will just suck up the ACV and give my hair a weird texture. It works for a lot I'm just saying if it doesn't....
I put my co wash conditioner in my hair then take a big palmful of baking soda and smear it on and work it in. Be sure to rinse really well.

Boy I hate when that happens and my hair is all coated, I hope it's back to normal soon
2c/3a?
Low porosity, medium texture.
http://public.fotki.com/Medusahair/

If it smells good put it in your hair, if it tastes good spit it out!
Thanks ladies. I will try your suggestions.

The weird thing is that my hair doesn't feel coated, just really soft.

I'll let you know how it works. I'm going to just rinse my hair for the next couple of days first.
YES WE CAN!

kdcreigh 4a and b (who knows?)

Relegated to occasional lurking in order to keep the PJ in check!


http://public.fotki.com/kdcreigh/
PW: natural
My hair doesn't feel coated when it's overconditioned either, it just feels ultra-soft and fluffy. It also looks very fluffy. My hair has only ever felt coated from hard water buildup.

In any case, ACV rinses do the trick for me. Good luck. The nice thing about the problem of overconditioning is that it is an entirely cosmetic problem, the hairs themselves are very, very healthy.
when my hair is overconditioned, the only thing that 'resets' things, so to speak, is to clarify (with a clarifying shampoo, and then i usually use a vinegar rinse) and dt.

you might want to work some level of periodic shampooing into your routine, try using less conditioner, leaving it in for less time, try a lighter condish, etc.

good luck. i know overconditioning is no fun.

m
coarse, thick 3a
modified cg







I finally got overconditioned after about 10 months of strict CG plus twice-weekly deep treatments and leaving in loads of conditioner every day.

I cut out all DTs (no heat ever), and I leave in less conditioner, and the problem went away. I still don't ever shampoo.
yeah, it just depends on your hair, i guess, now dry it tends to be, etc. mine just doesn't get that dry, and gets overconditioned fairly easily. (though i did do fairly strict cg for about a year).

m
coarse, thick 3a
modified cg







UPDATE: I did an ACV rinse last night. It seems to have helped quite a bit. Today I'm going to shampoo and do another ACV rinse.

I'm not going to do any deep conditioning treatments for a while.

Thanks again, ladies. An ACV rinse seems to be the cure-all!
YES WE CAN!

kdcreigh 4a and b (who knows?)

Relegated to occasional lurking in order to keep the PJ in check!


http://public.fotki.com/kdcreigh/
PW: natural
When I got over conditioned from pure CG co washing, I started using sulfate free shampoos and it fixed the problem.
3b-3c CG
kdcreigh, be careful, if you do ACV rinses too often you can really dry out your hair. I wouldn't do them day after day, myself.
You have a point.. I washed my hair and didn't do another ACV rinse. It feels even better (more normal).

Thanks ladies!
YES WE CAN!

kdcreigh 4a and b (who knows?)

Relegated to occasional lurking in order to keep the PJ in check!


http://public.fotki.com/kdcreigh/
PW: natural
Your hair may react favorably to products with a bit of protein in them, or a protein treatment. Trader Joes Nourish is an everyday condish with soy protein that's moisturizing/detangling as well. Elucence MBC has oat starch in it, also moisturizing and detangling. Elucence Extended Moisture Repair, a deep treatment, has sugars and wheat proteins. Also I would not classify Tigi Bedhead Moisture Maniac as a light conditioner--it's fairly heavy. I haven't tried Aloeba, but I have used TooShea and Maniac is a little heavier than TooShea.

ITA on the ACV rinses -- don't know if they correct your problem, but they are great.
My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
My FOTKI - http://whatsnew.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/


Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
kdcreigh:

Since you mentioned you were "DTing" I am assuming you were using heat (correct me if I'm wrong!). It is my belief that for some people's hair using heat is unnecessary and may actually do more harm than good. My "theory" is that if the heat is intense or used for over 10 minutes it could force too much CO inside the hair expanding it beyond it's strength, and this could actually weaken it. Because most curly hair is already porous by nature, in many cases it's enough to just "trap" the natural scalp heat by wrapping the hair well with a plastic cap or plastic wrap and a towel over it and to leave the CO from 20-30 minutes - but that can vary, I have observed that leaving some "regular" COs on my hair for 10 mins. or so has had a similar effect to using a DT. If you feel you may have overdone the heat I would second Suburbanbushbabe's suggestion of feeding your hair some protein now.
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
Ladies,

Thank you for all of the input. This is what I love about this website!

Usually I just apply heat for 10 or 15 minutes. The last time I used heat for longer was with the AG Rhassoul clay, and that was for about 30 min.
When I use the heating cap it is on the lowest setting.

I've abandoned DTs all together for now. I think I may finally have gotten my hair to a place where only occasional DTs are necessary.

I will pick up a protein treatment this week to add to my stash, but I washed my hair again and it feels much better, more normal. I've heard good things about the Aphogee products in the 4a/4b sections.

Suburbanbushbabe - I will try the Trader Joe's Nourish. I have used the Elucence MBC. At first it was great, but then it started to build-up on my hair.

Thanks again, ladies!
YES WE CAN!

kdcreigh 4a and b (who knows?)

Relegated to occasional lurking in order to keep the PJ in check!


http://public.fotki.com/kdcreigh/
PW: natural
If you can find Hi-Pro-Pac it may be a better option for you, it's in cream form so it doesn't leave the hair hard (like I've heard the first step of ApHogee does) and does NOT require heat but an improvement in texture can be felt right away. There's like 3 different types but I use the one for Extremely Damaged Hair (about once a month) and leave it on about several minutes longer than the instructions say (3-5 min.).
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC

Trending Topics


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2011 NaturallyCurly.com