Why does my hair feel like straw after coloring? How can I fix it?

  • If you notice your hair is very dry and rough after coloring, almost to the point of feeling it like straw when you touch it, it is the result of successive or excessive chemical processes.
  • Every time you color your hair, peroxide, and ammonia open up the hair cuticles, losing moisture and some of the keratin, which is a protein that protects the hair fiber.
  • Also, the abuse of heat tools and the wrong choice of hair products contribute to the generation of straw-like hair.
  • To repair it, it is essential to perform intensive hydration treatments, among other things, which I will tell you about later.

after dyeing



It doesn’t matter why you color your hair.

For example, some women with the changing seasons are looking for new shades to match the color of their clothes and makeup.

Others are forced to dye their hair to cover their grays.


 However, there is something common to all people who color their hair. After applying the dye, their hair feels dry. It feels so dry that the feeling you get when you touch it is like holding a bunch of straw. [/your_highlight]

Do you know why dry hair is compared to straw?


Because straw is the dry part of cereal. A dry stem, deprived of any care and moisture.

When you color your hair, you add pigments. Unfortunately, you also remove the hair’s natural moisture and other essential proteins that retain water.


  The main reason why your hair feels rough and straw-like is the excess chemicals. 

If you add to that that maybe you used a higher volume developer or that the dye you applied wasn’t of good quality, your hair will definitely end up like straw.


Now, once your hair feels rough and dry, can you get it back?

hand showing hair

Yes, it is possible to get your hair back. However, you’ll have to work on it.

The same way that landscapers work. In addition to creating beautiful green spaces, they nourish and hydrate so that plants thrive uniquely.

 Your hair is like a plant; it needs daily care to retain moisture and prevent the hair fiber from becoming straw-like and brittle. 


So, today I’ll tell you:

  • Why dye leaves hair straw-like
  • How to restore dry hair after coloring



Operation “No more straw-like hair!” is underway. Will you follow me?



Why hair dye leaves hair like straw

with paintbrush

Have you ever seen a hair through a microscope?



It can be fascinating, really.

Even if a hair is thin and millimetrically small, through the microscope, you can see how it is made up of several layers, all tight in the middle and protected by cuticles on the outside.


Every time you color your hair, the dye’s chemicals pass through these layers or cuticles, which are the hair’s natural defenses. The developer, or peroxide, lifts the cuticles so that the dye penetrates the core of the fiber.

 When you apply dye periodically to renew the color so that growth is not noticed, the cuticles lose moisture and cannot be sealed. 

As they don’t seal, they lose moisture, leading to hair with a rough, straw-like texture.


However, dyes aren’t the only thing that can leave your hair feeling like that.


  • Do you use a hairdryer or iron every day on your colored hair?

iron the hair without damaging it

Just as chemicals are harmful to the hair fiber, so is excess heat and cold.

If you use your straightener or curling iron frequently, you’ll notice that smoke often escapes.

That smoke is the product of the water your hair loses every time you use either of these tools.



  • How’s your hair routine?

All women wash their hair with shampoo and conditioner, but is it good quality?

Most shampoos contain sulfates, a chemical that is corrosive to the hair fiber. Therefore, if you use a shampoo that doesn’t have any moisturizing component, your hair will be damaged even more each time you wash it.


But don’t throw in the towel. You can still reverse this situation and give your hair back the moisture it has lost, reducing frizz and straw-like texture. That’s what I’m talking about next.



How to work for the recovery of dry hair after coloring

blond hair with gray hair

As my grandmother used to say, first things first. So, we’ll start with the dye.


  • What kind of dye do you usually use?

If you always choose permanent dye to renew your color, you can switch to a semi-permanent dye, which does not contain peroxide or ammonia. So, the damage to your hair will be significantly reduced.

Do you want to know a trick I apply with one of my clients?



Natalia is a surfer. Although she hasn’t yet faced the big waves of Hawaii, she undergoes strict training every summer. Natalia dyes her hair in a blonde shade.

 In the winter, since she doesn’t surf and her hair is not in daily contact with seawater or so exposed to the sun’s rays, I apply a semi-permanent dye.  


The dye lasts longer by washing her hair less, and it doesn’t dry out her hair as a permanent dye would.

Then, in summer, as she needs her dye to last longer, we use a permanent dye.


Ah! Remember to never apply a dye with peroxide of more than twenty volumes. It is not necessary, and the only thing you’ll achieve is to dry your hair more.



Natalia is also very careful about her hair care.

Those long waves know about hydration, so they stay far away from looking straw-like. How does she do it?

keeps hair hydrated


  • Are you one of those who escapes scissors? Get rid of that phobia right now!

If you color your hair, the best thing you can do to keep it moist is to trim the split ends every three months. It’s like when you prune a plant, and you remove the weakest parts.


just a few inches

After a while, the plant will get stronger and greener. The same thing will happen to your hair. Well, almost the same, because it will get stronger, but not greener.


These tips have to do with when you color your hair, but you should also pay attention to other issues.


You can also choose to have your cuticles permanently smoothed in a salon, as you will be strengthening your cuticles with keratin, one of the most important and repairing ingredients in this process.


As for your daily hair care routine, don’t let your guard down.


  • Use sulfate-free shampoo, and you will prevent your hair from losing moisture and color with every wash.

shampoo and conditioner

You can also choose a shampoo with keratin or moisturizing oils such as argan, coconut, or silk, giving more elasticity to the hair fiber.


  • Always have a keratin moisturizing conditioner on hand.

Do you know how to recognize the good quality of a conditioner?


Apply a drop on the back of your hand, and massage it in as if it were a body cream. If your skin feels moisturized, the conditioner is of good quality.


Do you want to forget about hair like Straw? The secret is to hydrate your hair

  • Use ends repair oils, because they seal the cuticles after every wash or chemical process.
  • Use moisturizing masks twice a week. Especially, gold masks are the best for straw-like hair because they give it instant shine and softness.
  • And if you can, go to the salon for a hair botox, a process that repairs the hair fiber from the core and seals your cuticles instantly.


You see? It’s very easy to recover hair from damage, just small changes that will make your hair soft, shiny, and healthy.



A straw-like hair is the result of repeated coloring processes. The only way to prevent hair from drying out is by moisturizing it before, during, and after coloring.


It is also important to reduce heat tools use, such as hair dryers, curling irons, and flat irons, and modify the daily hair care routine.

Ending straw-like hair is in your hands. So, where will you start?

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