Can Shampoo Cause or Contribute to Hair Loss?

Can shampoo cause or contribute to hair lossIt’s considered the most important ingredient to proper hair care, but you probably still have many questions about shampoo. You may have asked how often you should wash your hair or how little. If you’re concerned about thinning hair or hair loss, questions about shampoo may take on an added urgency. You’ll want to know if shampoo can be the cause of hair loss or contribute to it. At RHRLI we’re experts on hair loss and we want you to have as much information as possible about what may lead to thinning hair. If you’re looking for a permanent solution, RHRLI is the only hair loss treatment center on Long Island that has the ARTAS® System, the most advanced technology in the hair transplant and restoration industry.

How often should you use Shampoo?

There’s no consensus on how often you should wash your hair.  According to Web MD, it usually comes down to a matter of personal preference. Shampoo traps oils, and frequent shampooing may dry your hair out, possibly causing breakage, Angela Lamb, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital told Web MD. So you do want some oil in your hair. Most people do not need to wash daily unless they have an oily scalp.

As a general rule, washing your hair frequently or using shampoo doesn’t cause hair loss, according to US News and World Report.  The reverse is also true, according to the website askmen.com. Not washing your hair often or never washing will not make you go bald although you do risk scalp infection.

Beware of Certain Ingredients

However, there can be issues associated with certain ingredients in shampoo. Dr. Robert Dorin, a New York City-based hair restoration surgeon, told the AARP website that there are several shampoo ingredients that can contribute to thinning hair. Among them are preservatives such as propylparaben, which can affect hormonal balance and encourage hair loss.

Some ingredients such as diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA) can be irritants that cause scalp inflammation or allergic reactions and make hair thin or brittle. Also, if your product contains a high percentage of alcohol, it can dehydrate your hair. Ingredients such as lanolin, petroleum, or mineral oil, which are meant to add a wet look to hair, can weigh down thinning hair and prevent natural oils from being absorbed.

Questions About Dry Shampoo

One product that’s come under particular scrutiny recently has been dry shampoo. It’s designed to soak up oil between washings and make hair look fresh, according to CBS News. Those who swear by the product say it saves users hours of time styling, but some users have reported symptoms of hair loss. Experts tell CBS that if you misuse dry shampoo, it can build up on the scalp and lead to problems.

The product can trap bacteria, Dr. James Ralston, a Texas-based dermatologist told the network. “The trapped bacteria causes inflammation in the follicle which leads to pimples or cysts. Brushing it leads to scabs and disrupts the hair follicles which leads to hair loss,” he said. Dry shampoo manufacturers deny that their product contributes to hair loss and say users need to follow directions on how to use the product.

RHRLI is Your Hair Loss Specialist

Shampoo is a product that’s in almost every person’s home and regular use is a good thing. But there can still be problems caused by certain ingredients or using a product incorrectly. If you start to experience thinning hair or other symptoms, you think may be related to shampoo, you should contact a doctor immediately. If you have symptoms that you believe are related to permanent hair loss, then you should contact RHRLI and ask about the ARTAS® system.

Unlike other hair transplant techniques such as strip surgery, which can leave longer recovery times, the ARTAS® system is minimally invasive. To get started, contact us today.

*Please note that the author of this piece is not a doctor and the information in this material is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or medical professional for specific information regarding your individual situation.

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