Hair Has No Body After Coloring

I have been coloring my hair since I started getting gray. For about a week or two after coloring, my hair seems to have no body, is way too soft, and won't hold a style or even hold a rubber band for a pony tail. I don't like this flippy-floppy texture when my hair is thick with a nice wave without hair coloring.


My hair is not really damaged, very few split ends. It's that way after coloring whether I use a conditioner or not, whether I color it myself or have it professionally done. Styling products like gels and sprays have little effect during this newly-colored time. Any ideas?

Mary from Denver, CO

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March 8, 20060 found this helpful

I have the same problem when I color my hair but asked the beautician what would help it. He said to add a little baking soda to my shampoo to clean out all the impurities in my hair (medications, gels, hairsprays, etc.) and it would look normal again. I have tried this and it works...I use about 2 tablespoons of baking soda and rub it in the palm of my hand with the shampoo before putting it on my hair.


Do not shampoo again after this, just condition (lightly) and it should be ok again. Use it more frequently if it doesn't look right to you - it will not remove the dye. I use this about once a week and shampoo normally the rest of the week. Hope this helps!

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January 4, 20200 found this helpful

I can so relate my hair is cut in a really cute Bob short on one side long on the other and I swear it looks like I wash my hair in baby oil!!!! I have teased it I've sprayed it I have used gel freeze mousse and when I tease it it just seems to just slide right out it's so silky i am beyond over it !!!! its black so i cant not color it it looks terrible growing out! i will b 100 yrs old w black har lol! so I'm gonna try the baking soda thanks for the tip

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March 9, 20060 found this helpful

Thanks so much, as I have the same problem too.
I will try that mixture also.
Mary Bachert
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December 26, 20070 found this helpful

Hi Mary,

I sympathize - I have similar hair. My hairdresser said it has too much 'slip', meaning that it's literally too slippery, almost too silky. No kind of clip or even electric curlers will stay in my hair.


Also I have problems keeping curled around a hot air brush or curling iron.

Added to this, however, is that my hair is bone straight.
Not the nice kind of straight, but the straight and frizziness.

If you ever come up with a solution, I'd love to know about it.

Good luck from Smoochie

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By Mary (Guest Post)
December 26, 20070 found this helpful

Hi, this comment is for "Smoochie" who posted here & said her hair also has no body after coloring. Another person posting here said to use a little baking soda when you shampoo after coloring. I tried it and it does work. Hair is still a little slick after coloring but not as bad with the baking soda. Also going "blonde," with highlights--a lot or a little--will give your hair more body and staying power than just about anything. Watch out, too much fake blonde is damaging to your hair. If it weren't for this pesky gray, I would not bother with ANY hair coloring! I liked my formerly dark brown hair!

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October 11, 20080 found this helpful

Hi, I am 64 and gave up doing anything to may hair during a time I didn't work, 14 years ago. I shampoo only, just as plain as I can find. I have a nice streak of grey/silver and my hair has shine and gloss and I twist it when it's damp, and it dries in lovely waves. I had done it all, and the last product said it would make my hair glossy and it fried it and turned it orange brown and that was it for me.


Sometimes I just "wash" it with a baking soda in water solution, about 2 Tablespoons to a large glass and rinse well after massaging it in. If you do do things to your hair, that might not be a great idea because some products work based on ph.

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