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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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Any protein treatment attaches itself to the hair, hardening it, and thereby protecting it from damage. But when you plaster your hair with too much protein, it will become weirdly dry, brittle and kind of stiff over time.

As always with dry hair, it breaks really easily, leading to lots of damage even from the usual hair care activities, like washing your hair, combing it, braiding it and so on.

In short, protein overload is one of the worst states of hair: looking dull and dry while breaking like there’s no tomorrow.


These products and all of the "Bonding" treatments should come with a warning or yanked from the shelves immediately.



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Christmas came early! 


UPDATE: I tried a home treatment this morning and I swear my hair hasn't looked this normal in 5 months!


Here's my treatment: 3 to 4 Tablespoons of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)  I used the type with Mother and used one of those basic squirt bottles. Fill rest of bottle with water. Shake the ACV and water thoroughly.


Douse your hair completely saturating it. Put in towel because it'll smell. I left in for 10 min but will do 20 in 2 days.


Wash with Suave Clarifying Shampoo. Yes, you read that right. Moisturize with conditioner with no proteins. I'm trashing all protein or bonding products. 


I didnt even use moroccan oil and after only one "treatment " or ACV rinse my hair is bouncy and shiny! My texture looks more normal.  It'll take a few treatments but I've discovered a trick and wanted to share! ACV slowly removes the toxic proteins from Olaplex! My volume is 30% increased just after doing this once. I seriously want to cry I'm so relieved. 


IT IS THE OLAPLEX.  That proves it!

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Hey so how do you know if your shampoo or conditioner have protein? Does it say it in the label? Or how does that work? It might be different bc I live in Mexico 😭 I started using the tresseme stop hair loss shampoo but haven’t noticed any difference. I will start doing acv, hopefully it works 

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what clarifying shampoo did you use?

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Sorry for delay.  I've had a bad cold.  So you can go with the Aveda clarifying shampoo, Ouai clarifying, Neutrogena clarifying or even the Suave clarifying.  I know it sounds crazy but they've all worked equally well.  You're getting rid of the garbage Olaplex left on the hair.  I think the chemicals in that product stays on for a very long time (even after regular shampooing) or changes the hair to its very root which is why the breakage continues long after the last time we used Olaplex.  Also, I hate to say it but a drastic haircut probably saved months of even MORE breakage.  I had my hairdresser cut layers into the hair but working with the all of the different lengths that Olaplex broke into my hair.  Once you have that type of breakage the hair tends to continue breaking up the strand.  I think the emergency haircut was the best idea.


On a happy note, it's now been about five months.  Post clarifying shampoos and lots of Moroccan Oil/Ouai Oil and a pretty drastic haircut, I am starting to see my old texture return.  I don't look like my dog macheted my hair in the night or I suffered some tragic burn.  It feels like I'm past the worst of it.  Doesn't look great but it's no longer severely tragic.  NEVER DOING OLAPLEX EVER AGAIN.  I don't care if they offered $1M.  What a mess!

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Your post is literally my experience as are many of the others. I had an amazing first week w/ Olaplex No. 6 Bond Smoother Leave In & the No. 7 Gold Bonding Oil. My hair was so smooth, soft & shiny. Within a matter of 3 months I went from INSANELY thick hair (that close friends of mine that are celebrity hairstylists have offered to thin in the past as a joke) to that of a balding witch. I don’t know how else to describe it, but those witches in the scary kids movies w/ straw like balding heads of non existent hair. I get the sparse cotton candy references! 💯 The Olaplex made my hair akin to that of someone who had been exposed to radiation. I mean that in the most sensitive light, as this is that traumatizing for us Olaplex!  I can’t take my 6 year old daughter to school w/o a baseball cap. It is heartbreaking. She has a televised concert in 2 weeks…do I wear a wig?  I can’t dye my roots or any gray strays, bc more hair will surely fall out and I have very little. Someone called her hair Carol Brady hair. That was one of my phases…I totally related…thank God for this form, bc I googled Olaplex hair loss & found out I am not crazy!!  I had my Dr. run every lab/blood work under the sun…nothing came up. Everything was fine. I haven’t changed anything except using these two products.  That is when Olaplex came to mind. Then, everything made sense!  My heart goes out to everyone here. If you have any tips or advice plz lmk…

PS: This is a SUPER embarrassing pic to post, but I am doing it in hopes it helps someone else… ❤️






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I’m so sorry you’re going through this too! I would recommend filing a complaint with the FDA with your clear bloodwork and pictures to support your claim that Olaplex caused this. The more people who file a complaint, the more likely the FDA is to take this seriously and spare other women the same trauma we’ve experienced. Good luck & I hope your healthy returns in time!

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Thanks for the suggestion re FDA. I was cleared for any potential other causes and saw a hair loss specialist dermatologist That said it was the product. I’ll file a complaint as well.

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Thank you soo much for the update.  I'm having to wear a wig but this gives me hope for the future! From what I understand, an attorney will want a letter from a doctor stating that it is, in their medical opinion, the Olaplex causing/ caused the hair loss. That is what I have found out so far. Did you contact the FDA? 

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I did.  I filed a complaint yesterday.  There is no way that so many women are experiencing this and it's all in our heads or vitamins or whatever.  One slight bit of hope is that this morning I ran my fingers through my hair and didn't see hairs breaking in all directions so I think that after about 4 1/2 months, the devastation is coming to an end.  I can now go on dates without having a panic attack.  It's the little things.

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Olaplex caused me huge hair loss, after using it for 4 times, my hair fell in chunks full of my hand 

it is clear this case is happening to tiny users, but it happens anyway.


I will stop it and pray for me to regain my hair 

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 3 weeks later and worse now

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Yes, this hair loss is happening to me and has for the last year after using Olaplex 3 and Olaplex 6. I did use the shampoo and conditioner as well on occasion. My hairdresser uses Olaplex as well when she creates my color.

I am going to stop all treatments at this time after reviewing some of these notes. I have many photos of the hair shedding every day and have lost much length on the sides of my head. 

I am here to find out if hair ever comes back? Can anyone suggest a product that helped them grow hair?

I've lost over 40 percent of the thickness I once had and I have long, naturally curly blond highlighted hair. Any advice is helpful! 

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I would recommend filing a complaint with the FDA with your experience and make sure to share the pictures you took. I was in so much shock and insecure during my worst days of hair fallout that I never snapped any pictures which I regret. 

Cutting out all Olaplex and protein rich products in favor of moisture, moisture and more moisture has been helping my hair recover somewhat over the last 5 months. But it’s going to take years probably to get it back to where it was : (


I hope your hair returns to good health soon!

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I have been a hair professional for 46 years, behind the Chair, a instructor, educator for some major companies, a color educator now and a product developer, I have used Olaplex since it was released, about 98% of my business is color and Olaplex is used in every single one and every guest uses the Olaplex line at home for maintenance, I have a guest book of hundreds and never not once has a guest experience hair loss.. Olaplex is a wonderful company and the products are the best I have ever used I would suggest going to the website and speaking with one of the wonderful educators and they can absolutely help you.. but I can assure you I know every Ingredient in this line and nothing can cause this problem, if it did I  would not be booking guest a year in advance and have a waiting list..

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Ok, so because hundreds of your clients are okay, that automatically mean the hundreds of people here are liars or don't know their hair ? do you know EVERY users or past users of olaplex ? don't you think that your experiences and your clients experiences where they only had ONE time olaplex on their head with you is a lot different that us that have use it more that once ? or don't you think that some of your clients could have experienced hair loss after you'd use it on them but said nothing to you because of fear, anxiety or shame ? or because maybe they didn't thought it was a product use by a professional that could harm them and thought it was something they did themselves and so never came to talk to you about it ? did you took the time to even read some of the answers here ? seriously, why did you even came here ? it's a forum for people losing their hair because of olaplex and being traumatised by it. If you are not a victim of it or wanting to help victims, then why come here to say to victims that they don't know what they're talking about ? you and other olaplex advocates should continue to make dirty money selling olaplex elsewhere and leave us alone

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I’m sorry but you’re so wrong to say this, especially if you read any of our stories and the absolute trauma we have gone through. I had very thick, beautiful, I’m mean BEAUTIFUL long healthy hair. I didn’t change anything other than the fact that i used Olaplex 0 & 3 once for the first time. Immediately after washing it out, chunks and chunks of hair fell out. I’m going on a month and it’s still falling out and my hair is completely damaged for the first time ever. So how are you going to tell me it’s not Olaplex? Sounds like they paid you to post this.

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I don’t think it’s fair or accurate for you to say that nothing in the Olaplex line can cause damage to hair. If protein and bonding products are used on protein sensitive hair they can 100% cause breakage and damage. Many consumers are not aware of this and should be warned on the packaging. Or… these products should only be used by professionals like you who know how to use them properly. 

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I'm not an old member here, but I signed in because I found this forum regarding the olaplex hair loss and wanted to share my issue with Olaplex No 3! I used Olaplex years ago over periods of times no 3 and the shampoo+conditioner and loved it, never had an issue. This time before buying I saw some of the reviews citing hair loss but I used it successful before so I assumed I should be fine - which is NOT the case! I used it twice, once a week each time and have major hair loss since! It literally started in the shower the first time using it and I was just thinking no way and thought maybe I'm just paranoid about it now, but then during that week doing my hair I thought I became less and a week later I was like - wow it is really happening and it is the olaplex - so I obviously directly stopped since then.

 It's been 2 weeks since and it's still going on. I'm so afraid I'm losing all my hair! I stopped brushing or even touching my hair unless I have to go somewhere which is not a lot anyway except work here and there! I also started counting hairs today because the internet and people said its normal to lose 100hairs a day... but for my mental health I stopped counting at 170+ hairs just today and in opposite to before it is WAY more than I normally loose! Like I can pull strand out of my hair without pulling, with no pressure, my hair is not broken either - it just comes out at the root!!! So scary! And I didn't even rub the Olaplex into my roots 😧

I tried joining the Facebook group but no one accepted my request there yet, please if anyone here is on there take me in, I'm also up for a lawsuit. I'm modeling professionally and cannot lose my hair and with that literally my whole livelihood because of two 1 hour treatments without official warning that this can even happen during a 'repair treatment' - it's crazy! And I'm so disappointed. 


I wish people would keep this forum updated when their hair loss stopped or if it just keeps going on?? I'm honestly shocked, I never had hair loss in my life. I am not allergic to any products or foods, or anything for that matter! I never even had a rash ever. So I'd def recommend DO NOT BUY - it's not worth it if you're one of the unlucky ones and lose your hair for who knows how long!

Also I kept reading the older posts in this forum and there are people saying this is a conspiracy of sorts (?) it is absolutely not, people just came here like me googling what it could be and trying to find help and just need this to stop!




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I lost half of my hair over the course of 3 weeks. I have gone to the dermatologist and had bloodwork done. The only thing I changed was I switched to all Olaplex products. I had beautiful strong shiny waist length hair. It is now shoulder length and feels like straw. I have to wear a wig because I have chunks missing on the top. We need to contact the FDA. I have pictures of what is happening. We need to sue. 

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