Over-conditioned hair can result from oils and other ingredients in conditioners.


You may have thought it would never happen, but if you over-condition your hair, it may feel too soft and very slippery. Over-conditioned hair may even repel itself as though you rubbed a balloon on your head. Limp or greasy looking hair or hair that looks puffy and undefined are signs of over-conditioning.

To help reverse this, wash your hair with shampoo and use much less conditioner or simply just a lighter formula. You might use a protein treatment, which tends to counter the soft, mushy feeling by strengthening (“stiffening”) hair. You can do this at home by beginning with an apple cider vinegar rinse to remove excess oils. However, “over-conditioning” can also refer to a build-up of emulsifying emollients in conditioners which can be difficult to remove without the help of a surfactant or a mild abrasive like baking soda. Once you have done this, use a protein treatment like Spiral Solutions Repairing Protein Treatment to restore strength and resilience to hair.

Final thoughts

Overall, don't worry! Over-conditioned hair completely reversible, so keep trying and avoid deep conditioning treatments or using too many “conditioning” styling products.


Thanks for the article. My story is that after doing a second big chop back in june to heat damage, I overconditioned last nightt with Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner. I left it on with the Hair Therapy Wrap for about 20 minutes and left in on for an hour after that. After washing it out, I put in Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In and my hair was so dry! I freaked out! But I called Tresemme to report the problem and discussed that I have only been using natural products for a year and was wondering if it was the formula. She said she will send me a product in the mail from their curls line that should help get my hair back. Phew. I'm skeptical because it is not a natural product and might have cones and other ingrediants I never use so I wouldn't reckognize the feeling. But I think I will start using Curls Ecstacy Hair Tea Condtiioner once again. That was my staple for about 6 months. I just hope this isn't going to last because my hair is super poofy!