Warning: Dyeing Causes Hair Loss.



During the peak of the pandemic, hair dyeing became a popular pastime.

Some people did it as a style assertion, and others just to have some fun with different colours.

I am positive you took advantage of the free time to colour your hair, like I did.

One thing I noticed was a lot of hair on the bathtub, washbasin, and comb.

Did you notice this around your house?

Can dyeing your hair cause hair loss?

Let’s be sure that the hair dye is the cause if it isn’t, there are other causes to think about.

Hair loss or breakage? 

When brushing or combing your hair, some of it will come off on the brush.

Other evidence you will normally find would be around the washbasin or shower areas.

Do you think this is lost or broken hair?

We can tell if hair is ‘lost’ or not, because the end of the hair will have a bulb.

Broken hair does not have a bulb.

If you think you might be dealing with broken hair, then it is best to treat your hair more slowly and gently.

Here are a few suggestions that can help you deal with your hair better:

  • Don’t use plastic or metallic brushes.
  • Use warm and not hot water when shampooing.
  • Use only mild shampoos.
  • Avoid using chemical dyes.
  • Reduce the warmth while drying your hair.

If you find broken hair in the shower or in your brush, it’s not a big deal.

It is normal for you to shed or break an average of 50-100 hairs each day.

Your hair will grow back anyway!

How do hair dyes cause your hair to fall out?

Many chemicals are used in hair dyes, including ammonia and hydrogen peroxide. These can cause hair loss.

These chemicals can penetrate your hair and harm its outer layer, making them breakable. They also can damage your hair structure, giving you frizzy and dry hair.

But how do hair dyes cause your hair to fall out in the first place?

The predominant culprits are bleaching agents and other poisonous chemicals substances.

It also depends on how frequently you dye your hair.

These are a few reasons that can cause your hair to fall.

Let’s look at the individual chemicals in hair dyes.

The cuticle is the outer layer of the hair, it is like the bark of a tree. It protects the hair from damage.

The Ammonia in dyes penetrates the cuticle to elevate the pH level of the hair.

This damages the cuticle, resulting in hair loss.

For these reasons, many manufacturers recently claimed they no longer have Ammonia in their hair products.

The Hydrogen Peroxide in dyes is used to provide you the preferred colour.

It remains in your hair until it penetrates the hair shaft.

This leaves your hair dry and frizzy, making it venerable and easy to break.

The end result of continuous usage of hair dye

The longer Ammonia and Hydrogen Peroxide stays in your hair, the weaker your hair shaft becomes, resulting in your hair falling off.

Your hair loss can be temporary, but if it is not treated early, it may lead to permanent hair loss.

Your hair isn’t designed to handle harsh chemicals, and the added pressure of continuous combing, washing, and dyeing will subsequently weaken your hair.

Do both temporary and permanent hair dyes cause hair loss?

Temporary and permanent hair dyes are the 2 predominantly categories of hair dyes in the market.

The common question people ask me is always whether both types of hair dyes cause hair loss?

Temporary or semi-permanent hair dyes do not include any bleaching agent. This means it will not lighten the shade of your hair colour.

Hair dyes last a maximum of six weeks, after which the colour will fade away after many washes.

You need to apply again if you want to retain the same colour.

Even though it does less damage to your hair, frequently applying these dyes without a break will lead to alopecia at a minor level. (Alopecia is a condition that causes people to lose hair from a single area or multiple areas)

Permanent dyes with Ammonia and Hydrogen Peroxide are more damaging.

The frequent use of permanent or temporary hair dyes certainly affects thinning of the hair. This will cause hair lost.

If hair dyes are not the cause, then consider the following possibilities.

Natural cycles – your hair grows in cycles. Old hair falls out while the new one replaces it. Your hair will go through three cycles of growth phases. The growth phase can last up to six years.

Heredity if someone in your family suffers from hair loss, there is a good chance this can happen to you.

You can’t fight genetics. The reality is that you will suffer hair loss no matter what.

Stress – unfortunately, stress can cause hair loss.

Your body has hormones that control your whole system.

For a more in-depth explanation, check out the Mayo Clinic article on hair loss.

Medical condition – If you are experiencing unusual amounts of hair loss, it may be because your medication is causing some side effects.

You should consult your doctor to determine if changing medications might help.

Natural products that can help hair grow.

There are many natural hair growth products available to help you have healthier and fuller hair. Ingredients such as castor oil, caffeine, rosemary oil, and biotin help promote healthier and stronger hair. Caffeine compounds stimulate the hair follicles to speed up hair growth.

If you are tired of your thinning hair, check out Restore Laser Hair Growth System.

This FDA-approved medical device for men and women helps hair grow again.

It targets the scalp, where it can stimulate follicles that have not grown due to chemical treatments or other factors.

In just a few months after treatment, users can expect visible improvements in their appearance with fuller head coverage and less breakage/shedding!


If you are facing hair loss issues, please contact a certified Trichologist for help with diagnosis or treatment options that available in your area.

I would like to hear about your experiences. Please drop some comments below, and I will reply without fail.

References and Resources 

Dermatology Times.
Mayo Clinic.

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Disclaimer: These statements are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease. They are for information purposes only. They have not been evaluated by the FDA. You should read carefully all product packaging. If you suspect that you have a medical condition, seek help from your doctor.

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