Hair is dry and frizzy. Has a characteristic straw-like sound when dry and manipulated. Hair lacks elasticity, definition and is brittle. When wet, hair softens, but dries very quickly and returns to a frizzy state. Hair strand does not stretch and will “snap” if pulled; there is zero elasticity.
Little to no frizz, elasticity, definition, very soft to the touch. Note: When curl training very dry hair, even though maximum hydration may not be reached right away and frizz may still be present, the best way to tell if your hair is absorbing moisture is by feeling the texture of the hair.
If it is soft to the touch when dry, even though it is still frizzy, then you are okay. Continue to curl train and as your hair adapts to holding more moisture you will experience less frizz, as well as more definition and elasticity with time.
I do not recommend doing curl training more than three times a week, and even that is really pushing it. What I found was best—if you can stand it—was to curl train once a week for an entire week. In response to anyone who thinks this means your hair is being moisturized for an entire week, moisture can only be transferred into your hair cuticle by water.
Once your hair is dry, this can’t happen, so there is no danger of “over moisturizing the hair”. That danger only becomes real when you curl train by adding deep conditioner three or more times a week because you are repeatedly adding water, through a deep conditioner*, to the hair.
The reason why you don’t rinse your hair once it becomes dry is because the longer you keep your dry hair in this super-defined state, the more it develops curl memory.
This is essential to retaining moisture and maintaining defined curls even after rinsing your deep conditioner* out, and I attribute the fact that my curls retain moisture and shape really well even after drying to the last six months of curl training. This method isn’t for everyone, but it definitely works if it can fit into your lifestyle.