Knowing your curls well is the key to get them to behave the way you want them to. However easy this might sound, believe me, it’s one of the most difficult things in the life of a curly… Since we’re always told to keep our curls well moisturized, we sometimes overdo it when it comes to using conditioner on our curls.
My curly hair journey has provided me with some insight as to when I’ve over-conditioned my curls. The following 5 signs usually indicate that my curls have been exposed to conditioners and deep-conditioners too often. So, if you’re experiencing any of these 5 signs (especially in combination) you might want to consider using less conditioner:
1. Your roots look greasy – on your washing day!
For curly hair it’s almost impossible to look greasy right after you’ve washed it. If the roots of your curls look greasy, it could either be due to over-conditioning or because you’ve used too much of your styler (some stylers could leave your curls looking greasy). So try to use less styler first and if this doesn’t do the trick scale down with your conditioner.
2. You’re experiencing a really flat top
No matter how desperately you’re trying to clip your roots, they just can’t seem to hold their volume anymore. Having a flat top doesn’t automatically mean you’ve over-conditioned your curls. You should be watching out for “sudden” changes, e.g. your roots just seem to be extremely flat lately.
3. Your curls seem to have lost all their volume
Using too much conditioner on your curls will eventually cause them to hang down, so if your curls suddenly seem to be less voluminous than before, it could be due to over-conditioning. Please be careful when taking this sign as an indicator of having used too much moisture, as using a new styler could also weigh down your curls..
4. Your curls are super shiny
Having super shiny curls is actually a good thing we’re all looking to achieve. But if your curls are extremely shiny while you also notice another of these 5 signs, try to reduce the use of your conditioner a bit. If you’re looking to get shinier curls without over-conditioning, try this hair oil.
5. Your curls feel extremely soft, but somehow a bit stiff at the same time
The fifth sign is really hard to explain as having soft and at the same time stiff curls might seem contradictory. But I’ll give it a try: My curls sometimes are extremely soft and shiny, but when I try to move them into another position they are stubborn and just go back into their initial position. With these kinds of curls it’s almost impossible to do any kind of hairstyles.
So, if you think your curls are over-conditioned I suggest you to do the following: