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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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update on my hair loss journey 

the hair loss was almost completely gone from using the pura’dor shampoo for a while… 


then i decided to use clarifying shampoo one time and now i am back to square one, no idea why. 

but i wanted to come on here and ask anyone if they had dyed their hair while they were going through this?


my hair is a really ugly orange/yellow blonde with crazy roots and kinda just want to dye it dark brown so it won’t look so awful… 

i know it sounds like a awful idea but this is seriously messing with my metal health and if i could at least dye it a better color it will make me feel better


please help..

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Hi !


Sorry for you, I know what it's like, I have written my journey on page 21 if you want to read it (and with some update if you search my name in the search bar) anyway, I'm one of those who always have colored hair. I had pink hair when I lost nearly 50% of my hair because of olaplex, and after the loss was reduced with the help of clarifying shampoo, I decided I needed a new haircut and color for my mental health, because having pink hair just kept reminding me of the big mistake I made with using olaplex and all the hair I lost...

So I cut my hair and dyed it dark green.

I knew the brand of the dye as I used it for years and so I knew it was not going to damage my hair as it's only semi-permanent color and so only conditioner with color in it.

So I think it's safe for you to color your hair, but only if it's a semi-permanent color. Do not use permanent or Demi-permanent color, those with peroxide etc... In it !

I'm not a hairstylist, I just have colored my hair for the last 12years but I really will not recommend using those dye box with women face on it etc.... any other time but especially now after this olaplex disaster.

You say you want to dye your hair dark brown, there is semi-permanent dark brown dye that exist, and for the brand I would recommend, it's lunar tides, artic fox, they don't do dark brown but if you mix some of their colors then it will be brown.

Any semi-permanent brand will do really, just do not use anything else to color your hair. Semi-permanent is only like I said, conditioner with color in it so it's will be like putting a mask or conditioner (without proteins in it) and tho not really affect your hair in a bad way.

If you're not sure, always do a test on some of your hair on the back of your head.

Sorry if I'm not helping...

I hope you are going to be okay, don't hesitate to ask questions if you need 😉

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Hello all - I posted back in October 2021 as I had experienced 50% hair loss which I’m now convinced was from

the use of Olaplex 0 and 3 treatment. As an update, my hair started growing back after about 3 months and now I have a full layer within my hair of about 6 inches of regrowth - thankfully! It was incredibly stressful. I used the Ducray Anacaps and still do every other day. I try to eat healthy and massage scalp once a week. I also saw my hairstylist recently who also noted that it’s likely from the protein and she’s heard of others having this issue with Olaplex. As I have fine curly coloured hair - I don’t think it could handle the treatment. Olaplex should really deal with this given how many people are noting this hair loss issue. It’s incredibly stressful. Anyway I wanted to let people know it takes time but in my case hair is growing back. Wishing everyone well! 

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But Olaplex 3 doesn't have protein 

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@Tonroslin thank you for the update, wishing you well too 😘

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For the last year, my hair has started feeling thinner - my ponytail was getting smaller.  Then, about 6 months ago, I noticed a thinning spot on the crown of my head.  Soon, the thinning spot was spreading in the same area. So I was just reading this thread and I had a "Eureka!" moment!


The thinning began when I switched to Olaplex products. I am also confident that the reason for the thinning spot at the top of my head is because that is where I pile up my hair while conditioning in the shower.


I am going to stop using immediately.  Going to go back to my previous brand shampoo/conditioner. This is the only way to know if it's the Olaplex. Will come back here to report if there are any improvements.  So excited to think that maybe this horrible thinning issue will be in the past!

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@layne1 good luck!! I suggest you to go see a trichologist (dermatologist for hair) if the issue will not be resolved.

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Thank you!  

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I am so grateful for this thread. I used 0 and 3 coded product 3 months ago (used it before twice in small amounts) and immediately my hair started falling like crazy. I had no issues with hair loss before, only when I was 11-12 when puberty kicked in and it was never noticable. I used the product to make my hair better, and it was non threated hair so no issues at all. I found this forum directly, but then I assumed I had hormonal issues as I have PCOS for many years. Tests later, they found no underlying conditions in my blood. Started taking biotine and upped my vit D doses. Yesterday found a bald spot in my scalp. I was shocked. For months people have been telling me I was just paranoid with hair loss as I don’t have visible loss - but would assume 10-15% loss. What freaked me out was that I was losing all hairs from the roots, and they looked super healthy. Finally went to the doctor after the bald spot and she said it looks like minor sepp. Dermatitis which doesn’t make you lose hair. So I came back here, reddit and twitter and saw many women had the same. I have oily, fine, super straight and a lot of hair naturally. I see others with similar hair losing hair in this thread. Also saw that it did trigger dermatitis in others as well. I feel a lot better as I saw here many people here got their hair back eventually, and I hope the best for the rest as well. My doctor gave me seleniumsulphate shampoo for twice a week, and I also bought pur a’dor and a hair spray. I’ll update the process here, but even with one wash with the seleniumsulphate I feel like I have less fall. Its really horrible, can’t believe I did this to my hair. Here is a photo of the bald spot, I am suspecting it is where the product had direct contact by the way. 

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See clearly the other parts of my hair I still have healthy hairs, luckily. I feel so bad for others who even had it back, and thanks for the thread I am not making things up in my head and eventually I will have my hair back. Horrible never using miracle products again

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Hi everyone, 


i was wondering if anyone else experienced very dry and itchy scalp since using clarifying shampoo or their hair loss? I want to keep using the shampoo but fear that will make my scalp worse. My hair loss seems to of slowed a bit (used clarifying about 4-5 times over last month) but not sure what to do to help my poor scalp. 

Does anyone have any suggestions? 

Dermo and pharmacies suggest topical liquid but I don’t know.  

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it’s been over a month that my hair was been falling out, and i’m feeling so overwhelmed. so far i used sauve clarifying shampoo about 10ish times then switched to the tresemee one everyone had recommend used it about maybe 6-7 times already and it is not slowing down.. maybe even getting worst if anyone could recommend what they used to stop the shedding.. maybe i need to try a different brand? please help 

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has anyone tried “Pura dor advanced therapy shampoo” ?? has it stopped the hair loss for anyone please help.. need recommendations 

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Yes, it was what finally stopped the hair loss for me, and stopped it pretty much immediately!

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Please help. 

i have used the shampoo and conditioner and treatment for years, although I hadnt used it in over 6 months. 

i used the treatment two weeks ago. I would always sleep in it and never had issues. This time

i forgot and left in until the following morning. Since then when I wash my hair lots of hair comes

Out and when I brush my hair small clump come out. 
After reading this thread it must be the reason. 
what shampoo should I use to get rid of this? Do

dermatologist even help? 
i look forward to hearing from you. 

i feel like such an idiot, I am so upset. Especially reading some people have had this going for months 😞 

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Go back in the chat, all infos are there from shampoos to oils. I had the issue in November after using it twice and do still think olaplex triggered something and it comes and goes.... sometimes its better, sometimes worse...

but everyone here including me used a clarifying shampoo! you need to get rid of the olaplex product on your hair/scalp-better explanations are in this forum if you go through it. It is a problem with protein overload, don't use ANY products with proteins.... I used the clarifying shampoo from tresemme and started switching back and forth between that and moistruizer after 1-2 months. 

And I personally used the shu uemura hair oil. I lost definitely 30% of my hair volume if not more... and I have little hairs coming new... it's a long term problem - especially if you have whole clumps falling out or have long hair and it will take a long time to grow. 


All the best!



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i posted on here about 2 weeks ago. just to update my hair is falling out so much more . i stopped counting the hairs but i know for sure it is double then what it was before.. i’m using the tresemme deep clean shampoo & conditioner that people recommended on here. used it twice already and it’s not seeming to slow down at all. i picked up camille rose rejuva drops today fingers crossed that it reduces the shedding… getting blood tests done this week. i’m so discouraged i don’t know what else to do anymore.. my hair texture has come back to normal but the shedding is not slowing down and my hair is becoming noticeable thinner. 

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I am currently suffering from this. Here is what I have done that seems to be helping:

clarify with Tresseme shampoo

ACV rinse (left on for about 20 minutes)

deep condition with moisturizing conditioner with no protein (TGIN Honey miracle hair mask)

began taking hair growth multivitamins

I have also ordered pur’ador shampoo & conditioner, pur’ador hair mask, pur’ador growth serum (don’t order from Amazon)

I hope this helps! I lost lots of hair and still have scalp itch & irritation. I am considering Selsun Blue for scalp issues, but I’m not sure. If anyone has experience or feedback on using that please provide feedback as I am not sure. 

I wish everyone the best of luck, stay strong and try not to stress as that will only make it worst. Do the best you can and hand it over to God. I will pray for everyone here.

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It’s literally gut wrenching. I’ve lost 50 percent of my hair. I’m went to a specialist and they recommended Karastas.

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