Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Is Your Boxed Hair Dye Causing Hair Loss? The Experts Weigh In

It’s a fact that we love to color our hair -- whether to cover up grays or just make a change in the hue of our luscious locks. What many women don’t know, however, is that their boxed hair dye may be contributing to hair thinning and loss. Damage and allergy are the top two causes of hair loss from the use of hair color, and it’s more prevalent than you think. Over 40% of women experience visible hair loss by the time they’re 40, yet this topic isn’t widely discussed.

In honor of National Hair Loss Awareness Month in August, we wanted to share some tips and tricks from Dermatologist Dr. Joyce Davis on how to prevent hair loss when coloring your hair, and treating any thinning you’ve already experienced. Dr. Davis shares the following tips and information about the subject that none of us want to talk about.

Know the Difference Between Shedding and Hair Loss: Most of us lose somewhere between 50-150 strands of hair every day, but a normal, healthy scalp will simply produce more hair to replace that loss. When actual hair thinning is occurring, most women will notice an all-around overall thinning of the hair, as opposed to bald spots. Keep tabs on how much hair you’re losing in your brush, in the shower, etc. to determine if your shedding is cause for concern.

Minimize the Damage When Coloring: The chemicals in your hair dye may cause your hair shaft to weaken and break off. If you are experiencing hair loss after you have color treated your hair it is most likely due to damage to the hair shaft. To minimize the chance of such damage, use dye within three shades of your natural hair color, as the process will be less harsh. Also look for products that contain deep conditioners that will help counteract the drying chemicals. Clairol’s Nice’n Easy takes this a step further and added Damage-Blocking Technology into their dye to further minimize damage.

It’s all About the Timing: It’s best to wait at least 6 weeks in between colorings to allow the scalp and roots to heal completely from the irritation caused by coloring. If you are using a home coloring product, you may want to consult a stylist to see what can be done to avoid further damage and potential temporary hair loss.

Be Careful of Adverse Side Effects: While rare, there is a chance that if you’re losing hair after coloring that you’re allergic to the dye. Typically, hair dyes contain known allergens PTD and PPD, which can cause severe allergic reactions in some people. I always suggest using Clairol’s Nice’n Easy for dying your hair at home, as it replaced these allergens with a new molecule called ME+ that reduces the risk in developing an allergy. Patients can use it without worrying about harming the scalp and worsening hair loss due to an allergic reaction. Of course, always do a patch test prior to dying to ensure you don’t react, as allergies can still develop!

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