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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?

I think it was a bad batch too and keep emailing the company but no response. Let’s keep trying to get a resolution! 

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That is scientifically impossible, sorry. I’ll let @Olaplex explain. 

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My scalp itches after No. 3 was used on my hair, then I had lots of fall. So you’re telling us it’s even scientifically impossible to have an allergic reaction to a product? Why else would my scalp itch?! 

I stopped using No. 3 and my scalp doesn’t itch anymore. I know it caused a reaction in me. I even contacted the company about it to see what the difference is between No. 3 and the rest of their products. They told me the ingredients are on their site. Okay, well, I was asking them not their box. Their customer service employees should know what the ingredients are in their products, or have a dummy list so they can cross reference in case someone contacts them. What if it was a severe allergy and a dermatologist contacted them. 

Only thing I can figure is you either work for Olaplex, Sephora, get a kick back, or you’re just ignorant. 

Right now I’m having issues getting Guy Tang Express Toners to stay in my hair. My stylist is all wigged over it. On me it washes right out after one wash. The owner of the shop told me that my hair may not have enough collagen in it. Said damaged hair won’t hold color like it should. Only thing different in this whole scenario is Olaplex. I had a fail with the express toner. We clarified my hair with Kenra shampoo, then a Malibu treatment and still the toner wouldn’t process correctly. Then washed out after one wash with Olaplex. I saw my stylist working on another girls hair, used a different Guy Tang express toner and she literally only had it on for like 5-7 minutes and it processed correctly. I was right beside her at the bowl while he was putting it on! Only thing I can gather from all that, she wasn’t a die hard Olaplex user. Hope she doesn’t go down that rabbit hole unless she knows how to properly balance her hair care routine. 

Different people have different needs. Instead of coming on here like a know it all fabulous stylist, why don’t you listen to the posters. Heck, even having your hair pulled back tight all the time can cause breakage and pulling on the follicles. Disease can cause hair fall. Stress can cause it. Having an operation where you’ve had general anesthesia can cause it. Hormones can cause it. Aging can cause it. Allergies can cause it. Postpartum hair fall is a thing and so is vitamin deficiency. If all of those things can be ruled out, you can be pretty sure it’s a product that is causing it. Whether or not it’s because the hair is out of balance or something in the product. 


Re: Olaplex 3 and hair loss?

If your scalp itches, that suggests a histamine reaction - aka, an allergy. You need to take the msds sheets of all the hair products you are currently using that cause this itching to your doctor so they can perform a proper allergy test and pinpoint the ingredient you have a sensitivity to. 

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Well it may be scientifically impossible but I don’t think we are making this up. All of us that have shared our experience after using the product have many things in common. Anything is possible. 

Re: Olaplex 3 and hair loss?

Hi there! 

We would love to troubleshoot with you! May we ask what you have done to your hair recently, such as chemical services? We also would like to suggest taking a look at our MSDS sheet and sharing it with your doctor as there could be a possible allergy!


Our team is here to answer any questions you may have! 

RE: Olaplex 3 and hair loss?

I have fine hair, that is color treated. I could not use the Olaplex line at all. It made my hair a knotted tangled mess. It dried it out and was just gross. I switched to Kerastase, and my hair feels amazing.

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Olaplex 3 works okay for me but the shampoo and conditioner are nothing to write home about. Like you I found them to do more damage than good. I dont really get all the hype for this line at all.

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 @Vaesther @dz7297 @Olaplex 

It is impossible for Olaplex to damage the hair. There is nothing inside Olaplex capable of causing hair loss. 
There is a lot of misinformation about Olaplex, it is best to purchase at a salon from a hair stylist who can explain how to use it. 

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You can never make a statement like that. Any chemical has the capability to have adverse effects on the human body. My god. Not to mention, any ingredient listed on their bottle may be "harmless" by itself but when mixed with others can and do react differently, so for you to say that none of the ingredients can cause this is patently false; let me guess, your not a chemist or an expert of experts on everything?  Its like saying "cinnamon can't harm anyone, its a natural ingredient", that is, unless you're allergic to cinnamon!!!

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It's absolutely harming my hair. I bought it on Amazon. Did nothing to my hair except break it. I was shedding handfuls after every wash. It was scary to lose so much hair at once. Every time I ran my fingers through my hair, I would get a few strands out. I thought I had a medical problem. All my bloodwork came out normal and I just realized the only change I had in the past few weeks was adding Olaplex to my hair wash routine. I stopped using it. 3 weeks later, the shedding has reduced (though I am still losing hair). Will never use it again.

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Same here. Falling out at the root, so sad 😞 I bought from Sephora 

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Pleaseeeee don't buy products for your hair or face on amazon!  they did a lot of testing on higher quality products that was bought off amazon and a lot of it was FAKE!  They add fake labels, or they will dilute the product!  If you buy from your salon or from the Olaplex website you're guaranteed the real thing!

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I bought Olaplex from Dermstore and Sephora I believe

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I bought my No. 3 and all of my Olaplex products at my salon. Still my hair has fall. I do agree with you on buying off Amazon. Looks sketchy.

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I bought mine here on Sephora and my hair is breaking and falling out!! Never ever have I experienced anything like it 

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I also bought Olaplex #4 shampoo along with #6 at the beginning of September 2020 from the Sephora website. I have natural brown curly hair and have not bleached my hair since 2018. I was alarmed when starting two weeks ago I would run my fingers through my hair and end up losing about 10 strands each time. When I would comb/brush my hair After the shower using the product, HANDFULS of it would out. During quarantine for 3 months, I stayed with my BF in Florida and did not bring my Olaplex products with me and guess hair grew like wildfire (used drugstore HASK shampoo). Now that I am back home using the Olaplex products my hair is falling out again. The shampoo is the only variable that has changed. I am legitimately terrified to wash my hair now as it breaks my heart to see it falling out like that.

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Hask has a TON of animal-based protein in it. Olaplex doesnt contain any. From the sounds of it, your hair is protein deficient and that was the cause of your breakage and hair fall. 

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My hair looks identical to this. Please make this stop. Did you ever figure out if this was from olaplex, did it grow back?

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