Dyeing, straightening, styling – women in particular strain their hair in various ways to get it in top shape every day. When hair loss sets in, they often look for the cause in hair care.

It’s no secret that chemicals and heat, which are often used in styling, are only conditionally good for your hair. Because of this, many women fear that a wrong care routine caused their hair loss.

In fact, improper care can result in thinning hair. However, this is usually not medical hair loss, but hair breakage and changes in the hair structure.

Hair loss from coloring?

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Today more women than ever are turning to tints and hair colors. It is well known that this is not doing your hair any favors: Hair dyes contain aggressive ingredients, and bleaching agents in particular attack the hair.

The chemicals change the structure of the hair so that the hair can appear thinner after the treatment than before.

Coloring does not usually lead to medical hair loss.

Hair loss from perm?

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A permanent wave also changes the hair structure: with the help of harsh chemicals, the cuticle is completely softened in order to create waves over the long term.

Such an operation puts a strain on the hair and scalp.

The chemicals dry out the hair, which can lead to increased hair breakage, which makes the hair appear thinner.

Usually, however, a permanent wave does not trigger medical hair loss.

Gel hair loss?

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Many women find that their hair becomes thinner after long-term use of hair gel. The gel can actually lead to hair loss; However, this is not triggered by real hair loss, but by the mechanical stress on the hair from the sticky styling product.

If the gel is applied not only to the hair but also to the scalp and not washed off, it clogs the pores of the scalp in the long run. In this way, the gel prevents the hair from getting enough oxygen and nutrients, which can actually lead to hair falling out.

Above all, however, the product stiffens the hair at the roots, making it less resistant and making it easier to break off. The hair sticks together in the lengths, so that increased friction is necessary to wash out the gel again.

These stresses increase the risk of hair breakage, which also makes the hair appear shorter and thinner. After a gel break, the loss usually regulates itself again soon. Medical hair loss is neither caused nor aggravated by gel.


Hair loss due to straightening and blow-drying?

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More and more women are dissatisfied with their natural hair structure and are turning to straightening irons to tame their curls. After prolonged use, hair loss seems to set in: the hair appears thinner.

Contrary to popular belief, straightening does not trigger hair loss. Instead, the straightening iron changes the hair structure through the use of great heat. The heat often causes hair breakage near the hairline, making the hair appear thinner.

Hair that you find in the sink after showering did not come out at the root, as happens, for example, with hereditary hair loss, but broke off at the point where the heat has proven to be particularly aggressive. While straightening is not healthy for the hair, it does not lead to hair loss.

Also, blow-drying makes many women worry, but the hair also does not cause hair loss. Here, too, the heat is the problem: If the blow dryer is held too close to the hair and scalp at the highest level. In this case, the hair that surrounds the hair is practically boiled, leading to structural damage to the hair and leading to hair breakage.

So it is not the blow-drying itself, but incorrect handling of the device that leads to thinner hair. Tip: Let the hair air-dry or switch the blow dryer to the lowest power level and keep a sufficient distance from the scalp.


Hair loss from hairspray?

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Similar to hair gel, frequent use of hairspray can also clog your scalp pores. In contrast to the gel, with hairspray, it cannot be avoided that the styling product comes into contact with the scalp.

With hairspray, too, mechanical stress causes the greatest damage: the hair is fixed and stiffened at the roots, which means that it loses its flexibility and breaks off more easily. As with gel, the lengths stick together with hairspray, which can also lead to increased hair breakage. However, hairspray does not trigger medical hair loss.



Care and styling sins do not lead to hair loss in the traditional sense. Chemicals and heat can trigger short-term hair loss, but this will regulate itself if the appropriate styling products and methods are not used.

As a rule, there are mechanical loads or changes in the hair structure that lead to hair breakage.

Only if you lose more than 100 hairs per day over a long period of time, it is suspected that you are suffering from medical hair loss.

In this case, it is advisable to contact your doctor.


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