Hair Products That Can Cause Thinning and Baldness

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10 hair products and treatments that can be bad for the hair, and can even cause thinning and shedding…

Using certain hair products excessively or choosing products with harsh chemicals can damage the hair and potentially lead to hair loss over time. Here are some hair products that are known to be bad for the hair and could contribute to hair loss:

Hair dyes with ammonia

Ammonia-based hair dyes can weaken the hair shaft and cause damage to the hair follicles, leading to breakage and hair loss. Look to avoid these, where possible, in favour of safer alternatives.

Bleaching agents

Bleaching agents, like hydrogen peroxide, can strip the hair of its natural moisture and proteins, making it brittle and prone to breakage. There should not be any need for bleach agents to come into contact with your hair. Check the ingredients of all products you use on your hair.

Perming solutions

Perms involve the use of strong chemicals to alter the hair’s structure. Repeated use of perming solutions can damage the hair shaft and lead to hair loss. Either use natural products, or try to lessen the amount of perming you do.

Hair straightening products

Chemical hair straighteners, such as those containing formaldehyde, can cause damage to the hair cuticle and lead to hair loss. Be sure to avoid (or reduce your usage) these products, where possible.

Products with sulfates

Sulfates are harsh detergents found in many shampoos that can strip the hair of its natural oils, leading to dryness and breakage. Counter dryness and breakage with natural oils and hair moisturisers.

Products with alcohol

Hair products containing high levels of alcohol can dry out the hair and scalp, potentially causing hair damage and breakage. If you use alcohol based products, then either replace them with non-alcohol brands, or drop them completely from your hair styling routine.

Heat styling tools

Excessive use of heat styling tools like flat irons, curling irons, and blow dryers can cause heat damage to the hair, leading to breakage and hair loss. Be sure to turn the heat down on such devices, to avoid unnecessary hair damage and breakage.

Hair sprays with high alcohol content

Some hair sprays contain alcohol, which can dry out the hair and cause it to become brittle and prone to breakage. If you use alcohol based sprays, then either replace it with a non-alcohol brand, or drop it completely from your hair styling routine.

Hair loss medications

Some hair loss medications like minoxidil, for example, can be very harsh on the hair, and can cause excessive shedding, particularly during early stages of use. If severe shedding occurs, be sure to come off the treatment and opt for a natural alternative.

Products with silicone

While silicone-based products can temporarily provide smoothness and shine, they can build up on the hair over time, causing it to become weighed down and potentially leading to breakage.


It’s essential to read product labels and be cautious about using products with harsh chemicals regularly. Opt for hair products that are more gentle, sulfate-free, and designed to promote hair health and moisture retention. If you experience excessive hair loss or damage, it’s best to consult a dermatologist or trichologist for personalized advice and treatment.

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