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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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Oh my gosh I got this because I die my hair blonde and everyone told me not to use Monat but the texture of my hair is terrible now and it’s breaking left n right and so dry!!! Everyone told me this was the best I have gone through the whole large shampoo conditioner and Olaplex no 3!!!😭 and just got out of the shower my hair felt so funny and that’s all I used so decided to Google just in case and seeing all of this OH MY GOSH!!!!  Well at least I know what it is now!!!! But my gosh there’s sooooo much damage down and I literally have about 1/4 of the hair I used to!

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I have spent around $600 using olaplex for the last eight months straight. I spent an hour in the bathroom last night looking into the mirror and crying my eyes out, because my hair is falling out. The only thing I have done differently is using olaplex. My hair is around 15 inches long, but the entire top portion of my hair, around the crown Is now only one inches, to 4 inches long. It’s different lengths all around the top of my head and next to my ears. Olaplex  destroyed my hair. I never had breakage, ever. During Covid I stopped straightening my hair before any Trues to make excuses  for olaplex, and Blame my breakage on heat. I’ve only had one balayage in the last 6 years, no other hair dying or damaging  chemicals and i don’t have any thyroid issues. 

everyone follows olaplex like a cult, i was conned into thinking it was going to make my hair healthier, instead it broke my hair off!! My hair is dry, brittle, and my beautiful natural curls are almost straight now! 

I followed the directions to their entire line, i made absolutely NO shortcuts, not ever! 

olaplex was the worst decision I’ve ever made for my hair. 

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I want to report that olaplex has caused sever sever hair loss.  I checked if its authentic by looking on the bottom of the bottle and it does have a QR code.

Has anyone else experience this.

Everyone should report hair loss with Olaplex

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I am so happy I have found this thread! I’ve felt like I’m going crazy because I’ve noticed tremendous hair loss ever since I started using Olaplex and everyone has tried to convince me it’s not that. When I read the one comment about a tingling scalp I almost screamed because I have been experiencing the same thing! I thought it was in my head, but now after reading all these comments I feel like I’m not nuts lol. Also, idk who their PR people are, but they must do an amazing job at covering it all up because this is the only site that actually talks about it and let’s people post!

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There’s Also some threads in Reddit, what to expect, and a Facebook group 

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Omg I can’t believe this!!! I thought I was crazy cause I have been losing a ton of hair ever since starting olaplex. It’s been a huge stress of mine. I’ve never had issues with my hair and now it looks absolutely terrible. 

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I have severe hair loss due to Olaplex.  My dermatologist prescribed cortisone liquid to help.  

Has anyone else experienced this?  It was also accompanied by itchy scalp.  I have no dandruff.

Has anyone experienced itchy scalp and hair loss with Olaplex?

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I have, my dermatologist prescribed steroid injections now. She originally said this was TE from stress but now she thinks there may be inflammation but will not admit that it could be from olaplex. I am so desperate I think I may try the injections 

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There are posts on a site with pics of red faces and shoulders from the olaplex. I can't remember if it's on here or somewhere else. I saw them during my research . Obviously, like any other thing, a portion of population will have a bad reaction. I'm so sorry that this is not resolved for you. 

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I noticed you mentioned inflammation of the scalp. I have been to multiple dermatologist at this point and I also believe my scalp is inflamed. I was prescribed a shampoo called Ketoconzolye, to get rid of my extremely oily scalp and dandruff. So far, there has been no improvement, I am losing the same amount of hair.


Also, to mention, my scalp is so extremely oily... not even a couple hours after washing my hair, it gets back to its oilyness. I wash my hair everyother day, I have been doing this my entire life and never experienced an oily scalp like this. My scalp is also extremely itchy with dandruff (I have never had dandruff in my life until I put Olaplex in my hair).


I believe Olaplex has caused my scalp to become inflamed, I am going to try this prescribed shampoo and rotate it between clarifying shampoo as well. I will keep you all updated on my hair loss.

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Also, I am getting a scalp biopsy done soon.


My dermatologist said that this will for sure tell me what is causing my hair loss. Ranging from TE, to inflammation of the scalp, etc. I have already got every category of blood taken, it has all come back perfect. I have had more than 3 opinions on my blood work, everyone says it’s perfect.


The scalp biopsy will be my evidence against Olaplex. I am way too young to be experiencing hair loss like this, I know that my hair loss is all because I used Olaplex.

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I am so curious if you got your biopsy results back 🙏

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Very very curious to see what your results are going to be considering I’m having the same issues! Thanks for the updates. Good luck on the scalp biopsy! 

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Yes my dermatologist will not admit it’s olaplex, but she uses olaplex herself!!! Her theories are either TE from stress and lack of sleep,  alopecia areata developed from an immune response from my Covid vaccine, or inflammation from an unknown cause? She offered a scalp biopsy but I declined for now as my insurance has $1000 deductible that I would have to pay first and I just can’t afford that at the moment. She said the steroid shots are used to treat inflammation and alopecia areata so I may give them a try. I keep telling her there cannot me so many people like me in this group that have the same symptoms after using olaplex but she keeps going back to is this a correlation or a causation? She says the hair loss appointments have sky rockets this passed year becasue Covid causes hair loss, the vaccines can cause hair loss, stress and lack of sleep cause hair loss…. That it’s just a coincidence that I was using olaplex at the time this all started. I am very interested to know how your biopsy comes back… please update us when you get the results. I will update if I decide to get the shots and if they help at all

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I believe that the dermatologist saying that “Olaplex can’t cause hairloss” is because there is little to no research behind this product. Olaplex came out in 2014, meaning it is still a fairly new product.


The dermatologist are standing by the medical perspective, they did not study Olaplex in medical school. That is why they are trying to say our hairloss is caused by something other than Olaplex... however, you cannot deny the facts when every woman is experiencing the exact same symptoms after using this product. 

I would say trust your self and what you believe. Remember, the people you talk to are only giving their opinions and input on the situation. However, at the end of the day, you are the one to decide what you should do. If you believe the root cause is Olaplex, trust that feeling.


I will definitely keep you updated when I get my scalp biopsy done! I have also heard about the steroid injections, to help with the inflammation. It may be worth a shot.

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You are so right. I hate that this is such a mystery and I get so caught up in the fact that I can’t have an answer. I have such a type A personality that I have literally become obsessed with finding an answer that I will probably never get.

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I totally understand how you feel, it is a very defeating situation. You feel like there is no hope, like it will never end. Hairloss is one of the most difficult things to deal with because it changes our appearance, our emotions, and our mentality. My hair has always been my pride and joy, seeing it fall out has taken a huge toll on me.

On top of that, you have people telling you it could be telogen effluvium, vitamin deficiency, stress induced, hormonal change, lack of sleep, etc. It is not only frustrating, but very confusing. Hair loss can be caused by so many things. However, like I said, trust yourself and what you believe. If you can rule out the blood work like I did, there really is only one key player left... Olaplex.


I am a very strong believer that Olaplex is causing my hair loss, I have medical documents and blood work to back me up.

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Thank you so much for all of your advice and kind words it really had helped me today. I have had some many blood panels ran and they all came back normal. I know it’s not a deficiency. Could it be lack or sleep or stress? Well yea, I mean we are living through a pandemic …. I’m constantly worried about my family getting sick,  I miss me friends, and im a teacher which is a whole other added problem during this pandemic. I did try the shampoo everyone was recommending and I feel like maybe I had more normal hair loss today? I honestly don’t even know what is normal anymore…. I also still have to go comb it out which is definitely when I lose the most and my least favorite part of wash days. But honestly, thank you so much ☺️ 

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Hi everyone, 

Update about my hair loss and my recovery for those interested

(between, I'm French so sorry about any English mistakes)


My post about my hair loss was posted the 20/09/21

I want to say that today my excessive hair loss (maybe 200 by day, I couldn't even touch my hair without having 5 hair in my hand) nearly stopped all because of the post of queenlia74 (11/03/21) about the tresemmé clarifying shampoo.

I bought it the 8 of November without having high hope and now I only regret not buying it sooner.

For the first time using it, I saw a difference. I literally cried from happiness. I knew the living hell was not over but it was hope so yeah it made me cry...

I have thick wavy hair that olaplex completely ruined. But with the tresemmé shampoo, my waves were back just after the first use, I was so happy. My hair become really thin because of olaplex, tresemmé helped a little, but I think I will see the real result next year when my hair will have had more growth.

I still have spot boldness of course, tresemmé stop the hair loss, it's not a miracle product who make hair grow in a week, but I know that the spot did not became more bold after using the clarifying shampoo as it was the case every week before I use tresemmé. And the clarifying shampoo helped with the volume of my hair so now I can at least hide the bold spot with my volume.

I also cut my hair to my shoulder last week and I know it also help.

For my hair routine, it's nothing much, I use the conditionner tresemmé once a month and the shampoo every week. It's been 2 months now, I know maybe I can stop using the clarifying shampoo, but I'm a little scared the hair loss will come back so I didn't have the courage to stop using it. Maybe soon, fingers crossed.

I know that since November, a lot of people posted about the tresemmé brand and saying it helped them, and I can only agree with them. I really really recommend it.

Some of their products like the clarifying shampoo are a little bit pricey (at least it's the case in France where I live, and I only could bought it on Amazon to have it fast, but I since bought it secondhand for less money, still with the plastic packaging so I know it was really new) but it's worth every penny..

I don't really know what to add other than yeah please try the tresemmé brand or any other clarifying shampoo. I don't really know if it's using that particular brand or just any clarifying shampoo that help so maybe try one or another but know there is hope.

I want to thank all of the post here, especially those who talked about their recovery and so the tresemmé brand, I think I would be bold by now if it was not for you ❤️

It's really sad that we can't get help from olaplex, they should be ashame of themselves

Again, don't loose hope please, I know it's hard, but their is products out there who can really help.

Don't hesitate to ask questions if you want, I will try to be as helpful than my pier before me.


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Yess!! Your experience sounds EXACTLY like mine, I've written here before and I recommended the tressemme clarifying shampoo and shampoo + conditioner, I was so desperate I washed my hair every shower with both lol. But it did the job and my insane hairloss stopped! I do sometimes feel one day is more shedding than another but all in all I got nothing to complain about and hope my hair grows back and I get all my volume back. I now use the tressemme moisturizing shampoo which I also posted before and a shu uemura hair oil to give it extra moisture. I do think it is the Olaplex and it set something off, for me it started in the shower washing it out, NEVER had an issue before. But going to a dermatologist is like going to any other doctor the more doctors you go to the more opinions you get. So I'd say trust your guts. Most people here have almost identical experiences and this is not by coincidence. 

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