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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. 

Re: Olaplex 3 and hair loss?

OMG reading your story made me think I was typing it because this is EXACTLY how everything went for me. I’m just now back to brushing my hair. So I am going on 4 1/2 weeks and the hair loss has finally started to slow down. It’s still more than average but not as bad. So I’m finally feeling like there is hope!!! 


Just a recommendation, I started making some natural masks because Olaplex made me scared to use any chemical mask no matter the reputation! Highly recommend coconut oil, castor oil, and Greek yogurt. After using the mask I noticed my super damaged hair at least started to feel softer again. 

Also, looks like some other people wrote a complaint to the FDA, so I’m going to at least do that. I just wish we could get more people aware of the situation before they have to experience this trauma! 

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Thank you for replying! Yes I'm probably going to try those oils - I've used them before. I'm just afraid to make my hair and scalp more upset right now. I started using my boyfriends shampoo out of sheer despair today which is a therapeutic one. But I'll definitely keep updating this forum if it does help, if I find something else, my timeline and when/if it hopefully stops. But you gave me some hope! I hope we can rid this soon! Thank you! 💗

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Can you give an update on your hair? A chemical reaction can cause permanent hair loss. 

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I’ve been using the shampoo and conditioner ever since getting a balayage in june 2020. I will alternate sometimes with prose, or davines. In the last year  or so I felt like I was getting significantly more hair fallout. Every time I touch it, I can get at least 20 stands falling out. I have piles of hair around my work from home desk and just kept thinking well, maybe it’s new medications. And it could very well be part of it, bc i have a lot meds that have changed in the last 6 months. But now I feel like it’s the olaplex since i use it so consistently. I also tried the no. 3 within the past 6 months thinking i wasn’t doing enough and it was dried out. Sike i guess. I used to have super thick hair and now I really notice how thin my ponytail is. I had also started using only silk scrunchies, barely using heat, only using a tangle teezer brush, basically trying anything to stop the fallout. Now im freaking out thinking the olaplex was working against me the whole time. Does anyone know of a replacement for olaplex for blonde hair? 

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It INFURIATES me that a product like this is on the shelves when so many women are experiencing hair damage and loss from Olaplex!!!

How are Sephora and other retailers not pulling this off of the shelves immediately?!? And how do we as a group get them to?!?


Back in July I started using the Olaplex system at the advice of my cousin who is a new hairstylist. I don’t blame her, Olaplex is hyped up by so many stylists.


After a couple weeks of use my hair started to fall out uncontrollably. There was a solid 5 day period where there was nothing I could do. Every time I touched it it broke off or fell out. The fine hairs around my face literally disintegrated between my finger tips when I touched them after the shower one morning.


I was extremely distraught, depressed, insecure and panicked. My poor husband had to watch me cry night after night.


I spent THOUSANDS of dollar on in salon treatments, services, high end hair care products, new styling tools, etc… to find ANYTHING that would stop the bleeding but it was too late!

I’m going on 5 months of dealing with this and I’m becoming fearful my hair will never recover. I’m doing everything I can but it is still scraggly and broken beyond repair. The hair just continues to split up the shaft. Impacting even the regrowth.


We have fo find away to prevent other women from experiencing the same trauma we did.


Any ideas?!

Re: Olaplex 3 and hair loss?

Any updates on your hair? A chemical reaction can cause permanent hair loss 

 Im experiencing the same thing. 

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I pray to God this isn’t permanent but it’s only been about 5 months so I’m still assessing the damage. I feel like I’ve been able to stop the bleeding a bit with a couple things: super moisturizing shampoo (without protein!!!) and moisturizing masks 2 times a week, hair oil and heat protectant before styling, plus regular trims. You even need to trim the short broken pieces to make sure they don’t continue breaking up the shaft. As far as specific products go: everyone’s hair is different but Shu Uemuras Urban Moisture products and hair oil has worked wonders plus Bumble and Bumble’s priming spray. Hope this helps! Would love to hear what others are doing to get their healthy hair back. 

Re: Olaplex 3 and hair loss?

Has anyone contacted the FDA. Once they have enough complaints, they open a case. It only takes a handful of complaints.  If there is an FDA investigation, an attorney can get involved for class action. 

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I wish I saw this thread earlier. I have been using the olaplaex ENTIRE line faithfully for the past several months in a desperate attempt to save my hair with continued shedding.  My hair is now nearly nonexistent. I don't have bald patches but I have lost so much hair that I feel VERY insecure and really I cant do anything with it style wise.  Looks ridiculous in a pony tail even because there is no bulk. Im throwing everything in the trash. 


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Any update on your hair?  I'm wondering if if grows back or chemical reaction caused permanent hair loss??

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I just wanted to add that I think you can definitely over-bond your hair, so to speak. 


The first time I did it, last year, was with the Punky Color Intrabond mask.  The first time I used it, it made my hair feel wonderful. So I used it again the next wash and noticed that some blonde highlighted pieces broke off.


Just this month, I forgot that my hairdresser used Olexplex 1 on me after my highlighting treatment.  I used my Schwartzkopf Blondme bonding mask after my next wash without thinking, and again, for the second time, little blonde pieces broke off.


It's two weeks later and I just used Olaplex 0 with Olaplex 3 and everything went fine.


I think bonding products definitely need to be used in moderation. I love them, so it's hard not to use them too often. For me, every third wash  seems to be better.


I've always lost a lot of hair when I wash - it's curly, so I only wash twice a week, and I don't comb or brush it in between washes.  I've noticed that I lose less hair when I use the Kérastase Genesis Anti Hair-Fall Fortifying Conditioner I actually purchased the liter size.  It's expensive, but Olaplex is expensive, too. The Kerastase also seems to soothe some psoriasis on my scalp for a day or two.


I hope this helps!

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Okay we’re going on week 3 and I’m still losing excessive amounts of hair.


Just curious, when did the excessive shedding stop for any of you and what have you tried to make it stop??? I’m now taking biotin supplements and using shampoo for super super dry, damaged hair. 

This chat is like my support group… I feel like people need to be warned about the truths of Olaplex considering it’s so popular. 

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I thank God I found this group.  My hair looks like a 4 year old got a hold of a machete and attacked my hair.  It's DEFINITELY the Olaplex.  Ruined the texture of my fine hair and left it like a cross between a Twizzler and straw.  Really weird.  Months later the breaking is finally stopping but I'm gonna look like a mad woman for awhile so I just throw it up in a bun.  Had to cut off 6 inches. That's FUN.  If anyone wants to group together for a Class Action Lawsuit, I think we've got enough amunition.

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Have you contacted the FDA? 

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Not yet.  I am going to tomorrow.  I think I have hair PTSD.  Every time I think, "Oh, it's stopped breaking off.  Maybe I'll deal with it until it grows out" I then look at a photo of me and it looks like I've lost over 75% of my hair.  This must be stopped.

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I hadn’t thought to do this but I just submitted an online complaint today. I think the more of us that contact the FDA the better! From

reading through the comments, it’s clear Olaplex and Sephora aren’t taking action. 

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I'm going through the exact same thing. I am wearing a topper because of bald spots and am going to buy a wig. My hair was to my waist and I had to cut it near my shoulders. 

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OMG.  How are you holding up?  I am so sorry.  The worst part is the feel of the hair too.  It feels... FOREIGN.  Like the texture is now just off.

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I am not doing that well. I have some good moments but I'm at the point now where  I am praying to be left with  enough hair to wear a wig. I had no idea that if someone is bald, they have to glue the wig to their head. I've been watching so many videos and info in IG. So much info about wigs. I had zero clue. I've never even looked into clip extensions.  My hair has always grown long. My mental health is hanging on by a thread. I used apple cider vinegar scrub on my scalp and then washed it and now I have my head drenched in organic jojoba oil.  What happened??? What reaction did that junk cause?? 



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Just curious are you purchasing Olaplex on the Olaplex site or Sephora?  There are a lot  of knock off products out there, especially on Amazon, Ebay.  

Re: Olaplex 3 and hair loss?

I bought all mine from Sephora.  

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