Why Is My Hair Stiff? Causes and Remedies for Hair Health

Medically reviewedby Dr. Bilal Khan M.B.B.S.
WrittenbyLuat Duong
Last updated

If you're dealing with hair that feels more like straw than silk, you may be asking, "Why is my hair stiff?" Hair stiffness can be a distressing issue, but understanding the reasons behind it and knowing how to tackle the problem can lead you to healthier, softer locks. Let's dive into this hair dilemma and find out what you can do about it.

Why is my hair stiff?

Stiff hair often stems from several factors including regular heat styling, over-processing, environmental stressors, and a lack of moisture. Another contributing factor can be excessive sebum, the natural oil produced by your scalp. While sebum is essential for hair health, too much of it that isn't regularly washed out can make hair feel greasy, heavy, and stiff (source, source).

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Understanding The Causes

Consistent use of heat styling tools, like blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons, can dry out your hair and make it stiff (source). Over-processing through frequent coloring or chemical treatments can also damage the hair cuticle, the outermost layer of your hair. When the cuticle's scales separate, hair appears dry and stiff (source).

Environmental stressors, like sun and pollution exposure, can impact hair health, leading to stiffness. Additionally, a lack of moisture, potentially due to an inadequate hair care routine, can leave your hair feeling like straw (source).

Tackling Stiff Hair

Addressing hair stiffness involves restoring the natural balance of your hair. This can be achieved through moisturizing treatments like deep conditioning masks or hot oil treatments. These remedies nourish and hydrate the hair, combating dryness and restoring flexibility (source).

Protecting your hair from heat damage with leave-in conditioners containing heat-protecting elements can also help. If your hair needs extra care, consider using a deep moisturising hair mask for more intense hydration (source).


Dealing with stiff hair can be challenging, but with the right approach, it's manageable. By understanding the causes and implementing effective solutions, you can tackle the issue and restore your hair's natural flexibility. Remember, a healthy hair care routine and regular treatments are crucial for maintaining soft, flexible hair.

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Luat Duong

Luat Duong is a Copenhagen-based writer and content strategist specializing in hair loss and health. His work has been featured in MyHealthGuide, The Right Hairstyles, and Woman's Era. He is a graduate of Vaasa University. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.