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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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For me I think supplements and collagen are helping the growth but nothing stops the shedding 😞

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Hi. My hair loss is back to normal but my remaining hair is so destroyed that I am still having breakage. I do not see any new growth. The remaining hair is growing,  however. I only go out wearing wigs because I lost so much hair... I started olaplex in Oct and stopped in November. I also have dandruff now which I never had. I

 have always taken vitamins so I didn't need to do anything on that area.  I am taking prescription vit D. Hope your hair loss stops real soon!


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Thanks. Have you tried collagen and biotin? I am taking 2 scoops of collage a day and 5000mg of biotin and I definitely have a ton of regrowth. I just don’t think the regrowth can keep up with the loss if the loss continues at this rate.


it’s strange how everyone’s situations are so different. It’s so hard not having answers 

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Yes. I have always taken the extra supplements. Biotin etc. 

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I believe the same has happened to me and my daughter. At first I attributed the thinning to aging and dying. But now I'm seeing it in my 11 year old who has has full thick hair her whole life. She now has a noticable thining spot in her head after 4 uses at home and 2 professional #olaplex treatments. I feel so bad but dont know how to reverse it

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I’m so sorry you’re both dealing with this! You should contact the FDA with the details of your experience and hopefully they’ll get enough complaints to investigate. Stop all the olaplex and read through this thread for ideas on what might help / has helped others. 

The two women in front of me at Sephora yesterday were grappling with which olaplex products to buy and ended up purchasing a whole slew of them. I so badly wanted to warn them about my experience and point them towards this thread but didn’t feel like it was my place.


I hate that customers are playing roulette with these products and risking the health of their hair along with the many mental / emotional side effects that go along with losing it.


So incredibly sad but I don’t think any single one of us has the means to stop such a powerful company and the damage they’re doing. 

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This thread is really interesting and helpful. I use Olaplex 1 & 2 once/month and the professional version of the #8 conditioner once/week. I live in a very dry climate and our water is on the hard side so I plan to get a water softener (not sodium- or potassium-based) although I probably also need a water purifier to remove the chlorine, too. Couple things to note: test your water because hard water combined with a dry climate can cause hair to be brittle (hard water has a lot of calcium and magnesium that builds up on the hair and scalp). With that said, I do agree that Olaplex is making my hair loss worse instead of strengthening it as advertised. There are different types of loss: hair loss from the root (with the bulb) or breakage. I am experiencing both. I am 50, my hair used to be long and thick and I agree with others that I am starting to look like Gollum. I cut 8 inches off and am washing with a clarifying shampoo, rinsing with ACV and then conditioning with anything that isn't too protein-heavy and using Moroccanoil.  Most of the time I let my hair air dry but if I blow dry, I use a Dyson on the very lowest heat setting.  It feels like everything makes my hair brittle and I agree with posters who said bond repair products are not great--if I use a bond styling product my hair feels okay for an hour and then it starts cracking off (this could be from the dry climate but I humidify the air in my house so it never drops below 30% humidity).  Between COVID, pollution, and chemicals in everything, our hair is taking a beating.  Coloring hair and other treatments also makes hair weaker (as does the aging process).  I am on the fence about Keratin treatments. I now brush my hair every night with a boar bristle brush and it feels good but still breaks off. Nioxin System 6 worked for me in the past (Rene Furterer was good too) and I think I'll go back to one of those systems.  Best to use a simple shampoo and conditioners that are more like traditional "cream rinses" without all the protein and chemicals.  I wish everyone luck and I empathize about the loss of sleep and stress caused by hair loss.  I haven't had any scalp issues from the Olaplex and after using it my hair feels soft but I continue to lose a lot of it.

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I forgot about the Dyson hair dryer: I didn't like how my hair felt after using it back in the days. I felt like it was not good for my hair for some reason and I only used it a handful of times and completely stopped and used an average hair dryer ever since. Anyone has had the same experience? This is obviously completely unrelated to the Olaplex hairloss issue.  

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Hi @Jay267, Yes! I had the same exact experience with the Dyson and it was right around the time that I started using Olaplex so I’ve always been curious to know if there was a correlation or if the Dyson exasperated things. Hair was very dry, brittle, tangled and just didn’t lay well.


In my state of panic and not knowing 100% what was causing my hair damage / breakage, I tossed the Olaplex in the garbage and put the Dyson under the sink for now. Sucks given how expensive that blow dryer is! But it could have been a contributing factor.


Went back to using my more gentle ceramic blow dryer. 

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I'm sorry you're going through this and I hope it will stop for you!!!


In regards to water quality: I lived in the Middle East for a couple of years, water was really bad there, air obviously super dry, we had sandstorms and the city I lived in is literally in the desert.... most of used shower filters there, I afterwards lived in Asia literally in the jungle - also used a shower filter there. And I'm in the US now and also have a shower filter here and my hair was still falling out only in November when using Olaplex and I believe for me it was 100% from Olaplex because it started in the shower washing out the product, even though I used it years ago successfully. I never had an issue once in my life with my hair! 


So I'm sure disease, stress, water quality etc. are factors for lots of people who suffer hairloss but I just don't know what else it could've been for me personally.


It also stopped 2 months later and I used the clarifying shampoo and updated this group since November multiple times, so even if probably all of us will never get a 100% confirmation what it finally was - because who is gonna be able to give us that? For me it's clear: I will never touch Olaplex again ever!


On the Facebook group someone also said that the company changed hands, so I wouldn't be surprised if they changed not the ingredients but the suppliers of the ingredients..... and I lived in Asia where a ton of ingredients do come from... something like that may be the reason why a lot of people have (more) issues with it. It's just a theory obviously. I'm a really hardy and healthy person, I never have anything, no allergies etc and this really was the first time ever that something really concerned me in regards to my body. 

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Yes! I have only been using this for 2 months and my hair is extremely thin and oily and some bold spots. I was wondering if anybody else experienced this. I heard just great thinks about it and was excited to use it. Now I just cried for about a hour. I’m only 21 and my hair is falling out like crazy 

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Did you start using the clarifying shampoo like recommended in the forum in past articles? I don't know if it helps everyone or how long you used what olaplex product for, but my hairloss stopped after 2 months and I believe like many others because of it! That'd the clarifying shampoo cleansed the hair/roots/scalp from Olaplex product and build up! Also recommended was NO protein in hair products, shampoos, conditioners etc. There's a theory here that an overload of protein (in thin hair?) may the cause of it. And I only had wished I would've directly used the clarifying shampoo... but I waited for 2+weeks cause I was scared to use something new, or even touch/brush my hair and also hope it'd just stopped by itself but it didn't! I had lost 20-30% of my hair... and only used Olaplex TWICE in the beginning of November! 

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@Jay267  @hayhay1211 It’s an overload of protein in non porous or undamaged hair;).  The protein fills the cuticles of the hair essentially sealing it so it looks good at first but can’t absorb water (moisture) so it becomes dry and brittle.  Hair needs a protein moisture balance.  
if it’s been overloaded a clarifying treatment with 2tbsp of apple cider vinegar (maybe twice a week) in a cup of water poured over the hair with some gentle friction for two minutes and then rinsed will remove any residual hair product and a little of the protein so water can better access the cuticle but it will take a couple weeks of no to little protein hair care and lots of hydration treatment for it to balance out.    


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Wow - I appreciate that explanation!! Yessss!!! Thats what I meant lol

It's true Clarifying shampoo and hair oil + switch between clarifying and moisturizing shampoo worked for me. I also have small hair coming again so I hope I will be back to normal one day

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Yup, You are not alone and it's NOT in your head ! Made this post three weeks ago but will repost it here. Honestly, this is not fun but I will work hard to try to get back my hair. Shame on olaplex !




OLAPLEX is causing me to LOSE ALL MY HAIR. HELP!!! (Before and after Pictures)

I have lost almost 1/2 my hair ! Last night I took pictures of the back of my hair and was SHOCKED.


My hair health: I have ALWAYS had thick (thin hair strands but a very fully head of hair) and healthy relaxed hair. I get compliments wherever I go and when my hair was longer persons would ask if I has in extensions or a wig. 


I have NEVER had to worry about my hair body.


I wouldn't have started Olaplex because I never needed it but my stylist started using is as treatment and suggested I purchase it. I just followed her lead because I trusted her guidance. I called her recently and told her what was happening she told me another client told her she experienced hairloss after using Olaplex product as well.


Now I have several HUGE  bald spots in the middle of my hair.  I am also losing hair along my hair line. I believe I have lost about 1/3 to 3/5 of my hair. It's simply falling out in my hand, on the bed , in the shower.  My hair pony tail is now perhaps less than half as thick as it usually is I hadn't realized how bad it was until recently. The most recent hair loss happened rather rapidly! I feel gaps and spaces on my scalp where there were none even 2 weeks ago. 


The only thing it could be was Olaplex. This hair loss aligns exactly with first Olaplex usage at salon and this latest significantly worsening hair loss exactly aligns with second Olaplex treatment at salon at the end of December 2022 and my own use for the first time of O and 3, and 8   since.


My hair is a texture I have never seen . It is showing symptoms of protein overload (whether of not Olaplex has protein in it or not is besides the point) my hair is now dry, lifeless, straw like, brittle and breaking. It doesn't fall down like it use to but hangs weirdly. I literally cannot wear my hair out. I had a trim at the end of December and barely three weeks later my hair ends were haggard, scrawny and knotty (this has never happened to me before.) I had to cut  1- 1/12 inches off the ends myself again.


Olaplex maybe great for some people but it definitely has not been for many. If I wasn't too engrossed in not trying to figure out how I fix my hair I'd be taking all my effort to confront the company there is some clear dishonesty going on here.


I'm 23 ! And now I'm having to figure out how to deal with potentially losing all my hair -- this is crazy! I wish my stylist never introduced my hair to this. 




One spot showing hair loss



Balding spot from Olaplex



Hair post olaplex very thin (more hair has fallen out since this picture)





Pic before Olaplex was first used in my hair to show hair body/thickness then and now



Hair thickness before Olaplex





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I am so sorry for your hair loss.:( 

I had the exact same experience with Olaplex. My hair had ringlets but after Olaplex, it was straight, brittle, broke off everywhere and a ton fell out/bald spots. I went to a beauty salon that recommended a natural based hair line called Eufora (wonderful products that saved my hair!). A year has gone by now and my ringlets are back. So don't you worry, your hair will all come back the way it used to be! 

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My hair looks very similar to this with the bald spots. I have Caucasian hair but it was always very wavy and healthy. Olaplex destroyed my hair. I stopped using it 2 months ago and although my hair fall/shedding has decreasing it is still significantly more than normal. I have been using a clarifying shampoo suggested on this page, moisture masks, hair envy hair oil on my scalp, and I even got steroid injections from my dermatologist into the bald spot. I have tiny little spikey hairs growing on the bald spot but like I said my hair is still shedding all over. I have lost at least 50% of my volume. I had all my labs done and everything came back optimal so the doctors chalk it up to stress but I know in my heart it was the olaplex. I just wish I knew how to make the hair fall stop 

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I tried Olaplex yesterday for the first time! Bad idea! I used Number 0 & 3 I tried to wash it out and detangle in the shower but then my hair started to shed and come out from the root in my detangling brush! I kind of started to panic but then decided to stop detangling before it got worse. I’m pretty knowledgeable about hair so I knew I was having a bad reaction to the product. I immediately grabbed my clarifying shampoo ( melanin reviving shampoo) and washed my hair twice! That immediately helped but my hair was still reacting to the product. So I decided to make my own low protein deep conditioner to balance my scalps ph. I combined a whole avocado, avocado oil, Mayo, and egg, and hair growth oil ( curly Proverbz fenugreek elixir) I first coated my scalp with the oil, and then I coated my entire head with the mixture with out detangling, covered it with a plastic cap and let it sit for an hour. When I tell you, this saved my hair!!! obviously there is still damage but it minimize any further damage that would of occurred! I did loss a lot of hair but my hair hasn’t Suffered any more damage and the shedding has stopped for now! Also I would put my hair in a style that doesn’t require constant manipulation, your hair is fragile right now and over washing could create more damage! This worked for me and I will provide updates when I rewash my hair! Try this if you can, it doesn’t  hurt to try!  

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Update: I washed my hair yesterday again, it has been 2 week since I used Olaplex. The shedding is still more then usual but less then the first time. I used the clarifying shampoo and my homemade low protein treatment. I think that for me I loss more hair when I detangle in the shower then when my hair is damp. Not sure if it’s a water ph thing or not. But next time I will detangle after my hair is damp and not soaking wet to see if that makes a difference. Will provide an update in two weeks. 

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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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