My Hair Feels Like Straw RSS

Oct 31, 2007 11:41am


I’m trying to grow my hair long, like Giselle Bundchen’s hair and probably have about 4 inches to go. The only downside is my hair is starting to get really dry and straw-like. I’ve used moisturing shampoos & conditioners, leave in conditioners, and have resorted to air drying my hair. Help what more can I do?

658 posts
Oct 31, 2007 12:36pm

Beauty Obses...

Member since 2007

My hair becomes really dry and straw like without using the right products. I use a treatment mask instead of a conditioner and only wash my hair every couple of days. My favourite treatment conditioner at the moment is Matrix smooth and sleek mask which leaves my hair really soft, tangle free and managable. I also like Redken’s All Soft Treatment mask as well.

5095 posts
Oct 31, 2007 9:12pm


So instead of using the conditioner I should use the hair mask? Do I need to leave the mask on longer that a normal conditioner and is the mask expensive. Thanks

658 posts
Nov 1, 2007 12:35am



The Redken All Soft Fuel is one of my faves too – you get five single-dose shots for $26.95.

I think the best way to use a mask is in the shower after shampooing. Just squeeze the extra water out of your hair, slather on a generous dollop of the deep conditioner or mask and then pop a shower cap over the top while you carry on with the rest of your shower ritual. The heat from the water and your head helps your hair drink in the treatment. Though, given that it’s all about saving water nowadays, wearing the cap on dry land for a while and then rinsing later might be a better move!

I also learnt a clever trick from hairdresser last week (we were talking about growing hair out): add leave-in conditioner or a treatment to the lengths of your hair when wearing a bun for an easy all-day treatment.

51 posts
Nov 1, 2007 10:33am


trim a few cm off the ends might help it grow faster. You could try hot oil treatment. They work quite well as well

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Nov 1, 2007 10:46am


Member since 2007

I use a hot oil treatment, and if you don’t have a shower cap handy, cling wrap works just as well….

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Nov 1, 2007 1:25pm


I have very strawy long hair as I have always dyed it and I find about every 4 weeks I just get a cm or two cut off and it is good then for a while I have tried most products and none work for very long

4 posts
Nov 3, 2007 3:35pm


I have the same problem. I quite like the Delva protein hair moisturiser. It’s a leave-in treatment for dry hair or unruly hair. With blow drying my hair a lot, this really helps.

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Nov 5, 2007 3:20pm


Member since 2007

Yeah you just gotta keep cutting of the ends.

23070 posts
Nov 11, 2007 11:15pm


use a protein treatment and also leave a full head of conditioner in your hair while you sleep! just dont forget to change the pillowcases!

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Nov 12, 2007 6:30pm

Gem xxx

Member since 2007

I have bleached hairand have it professionally dyed (no home jobs)
I wash it every second day,
and use Garnier Fructis Intense leave in smoothing cream on the washed day,
and yeh you do have to have it trimmed to keep it healthy, and get rid of those horrible ends,
otherwise they keep on spliting up the hair shaft.
And yeh dyed hair is high maintainance!

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Nov 13, 2007 5:58pm


Member since 2007

I also have bleached hair, long too, about 23 inches… my fave treatments that keep my hair soft are Aveda Damage Remedy Treatment and De Lorenzo’s Equilibrium… I can go about 4 months without a cut or trim, but then I go nuts and just tell hair-guy to cut off off 2-3 inches… Aveda’s Light Elements Serum is superb for keeping hair soft and hydrated all day too – the silicon in it is naturally derived from silk so it doesn’t leave build-up in your hair and this serum is infused with botanical oils…

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Nov 14, 2007 4:18pm


I also colour my hair, and I have found that Redken Silk Fuel is amazing! It only needs to be used once a week but you will notice a difference. I agree that dyed hair is definitely high maintenance – the price we pay hey!

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Nov 26, 2007 8:20pm


muraljewel, my hair is the same!! im trying to grow it but the ends are feeling horrid!! i just want long hair dammit!

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Nov 27, 2007 1:20pm


Try a treatment or hair mask. I dye my hair and straighten it all the time and find that the only way to give it back some life is to use a treatment. I don’t like leave in conditioners personaly because i feel that they make my hair feel greasy and just not soft and clean. Give it a go and see how it works for you :)

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Dec 3, 2007 4:41pm


Member since 2007

If you find your hair gets really knotty being so long (as mine often does) the MOP pear de-tangler spray is absolutely fantastic – you spray it on damp hair after a wash and not only does it smell great but it’s great for stopping it get all knotty as well!

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Dec 30, 2007 5:11pm


Member since 2007

i used to have have the same problem i use of leave in shine serum for pantene which i aplly after ive washed my hair.
These are my tips they worked for me
brush your hair thoughly before washing it and be sure to remove all knots. Apply shampoo to only the roots of your hair as it dries the rest out too easily. dont rub you hair whist washing it causes the hair to split and break, gentle massage the shampoo in the roots a wash out using a downwards stroke from scalp to ends. then condiditoner your leave in for 5 mins or so then wsh out using the same method as the shampoo. run your fingers through your hair when removing conditioner to remove kinks and knots. gentlely apply a conditioning serum whist cyour hair is wet and leave hair to dry naturally do not towel dry or blow dry hair. brush using a wide tooth comb or metallic platet (stops static) boar hair paddle brush when dry should do this tick
hope this has helped you

333 posts
Jan 3, 2008 8:06pm


i have bleached blonde hair and had the same problem, i spoke to my hair dresser, my friends, every one i could think of then i was talking to a friend in a health food shop and she recommended almond oil. what you do is wash your hair as normal, then warm enough almond oil to completely cover your hair root to tip, i put about an inch in the bottom of a glass, then sit it in a sink of hot water, when it is warm (not hot) gently spread it root to tip then cover with a shower cap or glad wrap and a towel, i then usually check my email, ring people etc. leave it on for about 30 minutes then rinse well with warm water. i usually leave it oily for a while, then that night i will wash my hair with a good shampoo and conditioner.

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Jan 5, 2008 2:47pm


i just use a mask at the same time as conditioner, but only on the bottom two thirds of my hair, and always let it air dry. masks don’t need to be expensive, i use dove’s one for coloured hair (even tough mine is natural), it’s about $4 i think, and leave it in while i shave my legs. works a treat.

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Jan 9, 2008 5:17pm


Member since 2008

I’ve found conditioning my hair every night but shampooing it every 2/3 days helps. also try putting a pea sized dab of conditioner through your hair after you get out the shower but before you dry your hair can help heaps too :)

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Jan 11, 2008 1:36pm


Member since 2007

If you colour hair a lot it will eventually feel brittle and dry. Try some of the mentioned treatments and hold off on the colour for a while.

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Jan 11, 2008 8:53pm

belly dancer

i love redken all soft i work a little of the all soft conditioner in and use it as a leave in conditioner it helps really dry hair

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Jan 12, 2008 6:23pm

Gabbi Girl

Where can I buy the Redken Silk Fuel? It sounds like something I could use. I have long hair and it seems the top layer and ends always end up frizzy and dry – Help!!

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Jan 13, 2008 6:47pm


Member since 2007

hi Gabbi Girl. you should be able to buy it at price attack or hair house warehouse if you have one near you. it is really nice. i also discovered the most divine treatment by kevin murphy. i have exactly the same problem as you and muraljewel. also don’t over do the heat protection, it can make hair go funny if you use too much – i learned the hard way. lol.

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Jan 14, 2008 4:19pm


Member since 2007

Cutting your hair does not make it grow faster. It is a good idea to have a trim every 6 weeks, especially once you reach your goal to keep split ends at bay.
I love the alchemy leave in conditioner, it smells great and leaves the hair soft.

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