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Olaplex 3 and hair loss?

Has anyone experience excessive shedding of hair after Olaplex 3 treatment??

I thought it was a coincidence the 1st time, but it happened after the 2nd and 3rd tx.

I used it weekly x 3, and the hair loss after the 3rd treatment is noticeable.

I will not use it again (and only used about 2/3 of 1 bottle).

No hair scalp itch or redness, to suggest an allergic reaction. 

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This exact same comment was posted verbatim on reddit's /r/haircarescience sub by a brand new account, and was deleted for spam and misinformation. Something very fishy is going on with some of these accounts and posts. 

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I finally research about olaplex 1-3. For the fourth time like chunks of full length hair are coming off of my head. 

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I noticed when I wash my hair at the salon I don’t have chunks of hair falling out. 

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I used Olaplex no. 1-3 a few months ago. Immediately after washing out, my hair felt awful. After my hair air dried, I noticed a very abnormal amount of breakage. I didn't attribute the breakage to Olaplex at that time because it's supposed to be safe, right?

I started using Olaplex shampoo and conditioner a few days later thinking it would remedy the problem.

My hair continued to break off, a lot, until present day.

I thought my hair breakage was maybe due to some nutrition issue or even another product that I was using on my hair.

A few nights ago is when I realized that my hair didn't start breaking until I started using Olaplex and it was, in fact, Olaplex that was and is causing the damage.

I had a pretty big incident (it was big to me!) with Olaplex a few nights ago. I decided to try Olaplex no. 1-2 again due to the severe breakage I was continuing to have. I used the standalone treatment again per the company instructions on the company website. While I was rinsing it out, I felt sort of a large hairball, if you will and just figured it was a tangle, until it rinsed out. That is when the horror struck. It ended up being a very large section of my hair that had just broken off. Throughout my shower, a lot more hair just broke off. I now look like I have a shag haircut.

I will not be using Olaplex any longer. I want my long, thick, beautiful bouncy curls back. My hair is now almost straight, it's totally fried and sooo thin, like baby hair thin. Makes me sad.  😞

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it is garbage. I already have thin hair and was thinking this was the cause, and it is.  I am pissed!!!!!!!  Now what?



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Update: had full panel of blood work done and everything was within normal range. Had to get a modified shag haircut due to all of thr hair loss and breakage. Stopped Olaplex completely and bought full line of Eufora (amazing plant based hair care line!). My hair is healthy and returning to normal now.

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I recently started using olaplex 3 & after the second time my scalp was very itching other than that there were no signs of an allergic reaction. Does anyone know what that means?

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Are you keeping it on too long? It can’t be left on any longer than it says. It’s protein overload and will cause breakage. Also, your hair may not need protein. Too much protein causes breakage. Try remedying it with a moisturizing mask or conditioner that has no protein at all in it. 

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No, you cannot "leave it on too long". It says a MINIMUM of 10 mins. I just read a blog with a woman who used it 7 days in a row for TWELVE hour at a time. Her stylist said the longer its on the better, she slept with it in. However, her blog post was about positive effects from Olaplex. So to further clarify, YOU CANNOT LEAVE IT ON TOO LONG.  

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I did cut out Olaplex and my hair is getting better.

I had been using Olaplex shampoo/conditioner then a moisturizing mask. I guess my hair just does not like Olaplex.

I would add that we do have hard water. I ordered some Malibu crystal gel and will try that before any further Olaplex, way further down the road.

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I kept product on and set a timer one minute and a half under manufactures guidelines. I was so careful. 😞

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Olaplex say,it's not a protein treatment...😒 I have terrible reaction. Stiff hair,extreme hair loss, scalp pain,burning my roots! I'm trying hydrate my hair,but it's not better. 😞 Like plastic! 

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I'm so sorry you are having a bad reaction as well. 

I see some people saying Olaplex is not a protein treatment and some people saying it is?

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okay, your right to be confused bc so many ppl are contradicting themselves. Olaplex is a BOND BUILDER, which is done WITH PROTEIN. It is a protein infused bond builder. 

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@jadecat027   Olaplex isn’t a protein treatment or a deep conditioner.  It’s a bond builder.  You still need to be deep conditioning  and treating your hair on top of using olaplex or it will become dry and brittle.  Think of it as a glue rinse to bond your hair shaft shut.   Once a week seems to be the most beneficial for my own hair and I don’t apply it directly to my scalp-just the hair that is the most processed that needs a little extra help.  
I feel so terrible for all the people who are having difficulties with this product and are experiencing trauma from hair loss:(. I haven’t researched this but I’m wondering if some people are sensitive or allergic to an/the ingredient(s) or whether they’re experiencing buildup or both or simply seasonal hair loss or a hormonal fluctuation?  Did the

company recently change the ingredients or supplier? So many questions and so many variables.  My number one suggestion for anyone experiencing shocking hair loss is to head straight to your GP or dermatologist to rule out any common medical issues (thyroid, fungus etc) 

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Thank you for that advice. I will try to use Olaplex maybe once a week but at a quarter of the recommended time for no. 1-3 and once a week as well for the shampoo/conditioner. The rest of the time will be moisture therapy. I will use a Malibu treatment a day prior to Olaplex as our water is hard. Then tailor it from there based on how my hair responds.

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So I went to a high end salon and had to get my hair cut to my chin after this unfortunate Olaplex ordeal. Sort of a modified shag cut. I have never had it so short. 😞  However, my hair is finally HEALING after using the Eufora hair product line suggested by my stylist. Total Win! My hair is coming back. Olaplex is banned in my house now. I did go to the doctor to have my labs drawn just to R/O. They showed my cholesterol was mildly high and otherwise, I was fine. Lesson learned. Olaplex will be filed in the round bin.

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I just read the post below me.

The hair catcher I have over my drain also gets so full of hair that the water in the shower backs up and pools. I clean the hair catcher after every shower. That's a lot of hair falling out.

I didn't realize so many other people were having problems with Olaplex. If I would have known that before my initial Olaplex incident, I would have never bought it. My stylist had a lot of really good things she had to say about Olaplex. I trust her, so I decided to give it a go. (Which ended up being a no-go for me.)

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So I've spent my whole Thanksgiving  2020 reading these comments and not only am I not crazy, We Are Not Crazy!  Olaplex 3 is causing hair loss to all of us. I'm lucky that I've only used it twice (once a week the last two weeks).  After using it 4 days ago, after just doing a hair video I know it was the olaplex that has given me an huge cowlick right in the front of my head! I have a hair catcher in the shower and both times I used olaplex the catcher was so full the water was pooling. 


Save your receipts people! Even if you return your Olaplex because do you remember WEN?? Took the hair world by storm with positive reviews at first and within 4 years there were class action lawsuits paying in the thousands for each complaintant because IT MADE PEOPLES HAIR FALL OUT. The complaints were dismissed by WENs promoters too at first.


The Olaplex team is either lying or pacifying us until they can make enough money before they have to pull it from the shelves. 


Find another product people or find a wig for your bald head later.  


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Could have said it better myself! There is something fishy going on with the hype of the olaplex! I lost 1/3 of my hair! I threw it away just yesterday and decided to google “olaplex destroyed my hair” and boom! I found this thread! I wish I found this months ago!

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