Can A Change In Shampoo Cause Hair Loss?

Can A Change In Shampoo Cause Hair Loss

Can A Change In Shampoo Cause Hair Loss?

Can A Change In Shampoo Cause Hair Loss
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.


Experiencing hair loss after changing your shampoo can be disconcerting, to say the very least. But is it your new shampoo that is causing your hair loss?

It’s unlikely changing your shampoo cause hair loss. Reverting to your old shampoo and checking for hair loss is a simple way to find out. The average person sheds around 100 hairs every day, making way for new hair growth.

Can some shampoos cause hair loss?

It is possible but unlikely the reason for hair loss. If you have changed your shampoo and experienced hair loss over and above what you would expect, there may be another reason.

If your new shampoo has caused scalp irritation, then stop using the shampoo immediately. Scalp irritation can cause hair loss. As the hair follicles become irritated, they may shrink and die.

It is possible to have an allergic reaction to some of the ingredients used in the shampoo. If you experience redness of the scalp or itchiness, then again, revert to your previous shampoo.

It is suggested that some shampoos use inferior detergents and chemicals in manufacturing their shampoos. Beware of budget shampoos as some ingredients may be harmful to your hair and scalp.

There is also some suggestion that hair shampoos containing certain products can leave residues on the hair and, more importantly, on the hair follicle preventing further growth.

Shampoo from a reputable manufacturer and retailer

Some medicated shampoos can be pretty aggressive in treating dandruff with ingredients including anti-fungal and antimicrobials. Although these are not bad for your hair and may benefit your scalp, they could be irritating if you are sensitive to the ingredients.

If you do have hair loss from changing to a new shampoo but do not feel any reaction or irritation, it is probably that you have become more focused on your hair shedding.

The average person sheds around 100 hairs every day; this is just the normal hair growth cycle. Shedding hair allows for new hair growth.

If you feel your hair loss is abnormally excessive, then change back to your previous shampoo and observe the changes in hair loss.

Usually, hair loss is not a symptom of shampoo or changing shampoos.

Does changing hair products cause hair loss?

Many of you turn to hair products to enhance how your hair looks and feels, and hair products are an invaluable resource in making you look and feel good.

However, hair products can be harsh and contain chemicals that change the structure of the hair. Hair can become dry and brittle, eventually breaking off.

Although breaking hair is different from hair loss, it can still thin your hair and change your desired appearance.

Changes in hair products can cause hair loss by irritating the scalp. Some hair products could cause burning of the scalp.

Don’t assume that irritation and allergies are confined to budget brands of shampoos and conditioners.

In April 2021, a significant hair shampoo and conditioner manufacturer from France was hit with a lawsuit in North America. The lawsuit claims the users received scalp irritation and hair loss due to using the French company range of shampoos and conditioners.

If you are not experiencing redness or irritation to your scalp, it seems unlikely that changing your hair products will cause additional hair loss.

Of course, suppose you are using hair dyes and bleaches. In that case, the scenario changes dramatically, and you have to accept anything that could happen if the products are not applied by a trained professional.

It’s normal to lose around 100 hairs daily from your scalp!

Is changing shampoo bad for hair?

Trying out new shampoos to determine if it suits your hair better than your regular shampoo is a great idea.

In most cases, you will only notice a change in the scent and softness of the hair. However, if there are marked changes such as hair loss, stop using the shampoo immediately.

Your hair usually is quite robust if you think about what it goes through every day, UV light from the sun, trapping dust from the atmosphere and all of the other things hair filters. It stands up well to the rigours of life.

Changing shampoos should not affect your hair. Shampoos generally use industry-standard detergents for cleaning your scalp and hair.

The problem arises if your scalp becomes irritated, sore or itchy, there is something wrong with your shampoo, and it reacts with the skin on your scalp.

At this point, perseverance is a lousy idea; change your hair product for something better suited to you.

Why is my hair falling out with new shampoo?

Are you ready for an inside scoop from the hair care industry?

It has been discovered that some shampoos use silicone as defrizzes. They work exceptionally well on the hair shaft to keep the shaft from frizzing and tangling in most circumstances.

However, these ingredients that prevent your hair from looking dry and frizzing tend not to wash out of your hair, making your hair brittle and break. 

Even more potentially distressing is that these products stay on the scalp and surround the hair follicles, eventually killing them off.

In fact, it may have nothing to do with your new shampoo. It could be months and years of using other shampoos that have caused the damage.

You could clean off your hair with tried and tested diluted apple cider vinegar and use organic vinegar without pesticides for the best results.

A dilution of ACV could provide the answer to stripping the residues from your hair and restoring a healthy scalp and healthy hair follicles.

Be careful what you wash your hair with. Some shampoos are worse than others, with shampoo and conditioner combinations getting a bad wrap.

Do you need special shampoo after a hair transplant

After a hair transplant, it is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions for post-operative care, as the specific instructions may vary depending on the type of transplant you have received.

In general, it is recommended to avoid washing your hair for the first two days following the transplant, and to avoid using hot water when washing your hair for the first week. You may also be advised to avoid using hair styling products, such as gels and sprays, for a certain period of time.

After the first week, you can start using a gentle shampoo that is free of harsh chemicals, such as sulfates, parabens, and alcohol. This is because these chemicals can cause irritation and dryness, which can be harmful to the newly transplanted hair.

It is also recommended to avoid hair dyes, hair styling tools, and swimming in chlorinated pools for the first month, as these can all cause damage to the transplanted hair.

It’s also worth mentioning that your surgeon may recommend a special shampoo for you to use for the first few weeks post-surgery, that is specifically formulated for hair transplant patients, as it may contain ingredients that help to promote healing and prevent infection.

Top 5 Reasons to go abroad for a Hair Transplant

1. Save at least 60% on the cost

A hair transplant in Europe is at least 60% cheaper than in the UK. And most packages are all inclusive, including your accommodation and airport transfers.

2. Europe has some of the most experienced surgeons in the world

Europe has more clinics, which have been established and running for much longer than clinics in the UK. The price is also lower, making it more accessible for people.

Surgeons in Europe will have carried out hundreds, if not thousands more procedures than UK based surgeons. Because of this some UK clinics will bring in surgeons from Europe to carry out your procedure.

3. Hair restoration clinics in Europe are state or the art

Many facilities in Europe are dedicated hair restoration clinics. They only perform that type of treatment. As such all equipment, facilities, techniques and staff are specialists in hair restoration. 

Hair restoration is only now becoming more popular in the UK, so many UK clinics are general cosmetic facilities that carry out various procedures.

4. Get even more value by making your transplant into a holiday

Europe is such a popular holiday destination for many reasons, the culture, history, sights, cuisine, shopping, great weather, your money goes further, it’s widely English speaking, and it’s just 2 or 3 hours away by plane. 

The list goes on! So why not travel a few days earlier, grab a low cost Airbnb or hotel, take a friend or partner and enjoy the city for a few days before your transplant.

5. Hassle free process

It’s so easy to get an assessment and price. Contact the clinic, arrange an initial consultation in the UK with your surgeon, or do an online consultation by sending a few pictures and answering some basic questions. 

Once you’re happy, pick a date and you’re done! The clinic will send you all the paperwork and itinerary so you know exactly what’s happening. You don’t pay until you go for treatment. 

You just hop on the plane. A transfer car will meet you as you get off the plane and take you to the clinic. It’s such an easy process. Easy!

Top 5 Hair Transplant Tips

1. Know your post-op timeline – The key dates!

  • You need to take the upmost care in the first 7 days
  • You can leave the house after 7 days, but I advise you take at least 2 weeks off work.
  • You won’t be able to wear a hat or exercise for up to 4 weeks after.
  • Around 2 – 4 weeks your new hair will fall out, you’ll look a little red and sore – similar to sunburn.
  • Around 4 months your new hair starts growing and looking good.
  • By 6 months you can’t tell you’ve had a transplant.
You can get a haircut after the first month, or you can keep it short yourself with clippers until it starts to grow back.

2. Pick the right time to schedule your treatment

Good clinics will be busy, so you may have to wait 2 months to get an appointment – this is a good thing. So knowing that and knowing your post-op timeline (above) means you can plan the perfect time around your social or work calendar. 

If you have important social events coming up, particularly if you know you’ll be photographed then you may plan your transplant 6 months in advance, or wait until your calendar is free.

3. Set your expectations

If your hair has receded at the front you’ll want the clinic to draw an expected hairline on your head or on pictures of you as soon as possible. They’ll then also talk about the number of grafts or hairs you’ll need and how thick the result will look. 

The sooner you can establish this, the sooner you’ll know exactly what to expect. A good clinic will also take into consideration a natural looking hair line for your age and your face and head shape. Have an honest conversation and be open to their expert feedback.

4. Knowing what the journey home looks like

There’s no way around it, you’ll have to go out in public to travel home. The worst part is sitting at the airport for 2 hours or so whilst you wait for your plane. 

I found it was best to embrace it. People are nice for the most part and won’t stare, and if one or two do who cares – you will never see those people again! You may even be at the airport with other transplant patients, I wasn’t the only one! 

Take a travel pillow and have someone pick you up if possible, so you can exit swiftly and get back home as soon as possible. It’s natural to be self-conscious, but it’s over fast and well worth it.

Tip! Just take carry-on luggage to keep your check-in and wait time down.

5. Choosing the right clinic

  • Pick somewhere you can travel to and from easily
  • Check their reviews online, not just on their site!
  • Do they have a good quality website and professional looking emails?
  • Can you see actual case studies of previous patients online?
  • Do they have an address? Can you see it on Google street view?
  • Can you meet your surgeon for a consultation beforehand?
  • Do you know someone who’s been there before – first hand opinion is amazing!
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

Do you want to keep your hair without surgery? I get it … surgery can be expensive and frightening. Although it’s the most effective solution when things go bad and it helped me, you still experience some discomfort and have to take some time off from work.

Fortunately, researchers in Norway succeeded in stopping hair loss and promoting regrowth in 63.9% of test participants by using fish proteins!

Although not flawless … fish proteins, minerals, and antioxidants have a positive effect on strengthening hair.

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