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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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Omg thank god I came across this posts! Been using these products for 3 months and I feel like such a idiot! I want refund. My hair was coming out in clumps and was blaming everything except this product. So so frustrating for me to have thick long hair and now I can literally see my scalp. 🤬

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Same here! I had one treatment done by salon and I've used 0 and 3 twice and my hair is absolutely fried, dry, so much has broken off! It destroyed my hair! 😭 I thought it made no sense and didn't understand what was happening...

Their company is horrific for not warning people and continues to say its a miracle product! So upset 😡 Olaplex No. 0 Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment Olaplex Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 


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I fear that the reason this Sephora link is the only reporting these problems is that Olaplex and other sites may be surpressing the information,  so KUDOS TO SEPHORA for doing what’s right and permitting this info to get out there.  

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We need to start a page or private support group so we can build a case. I called the salon where I purchased Olaplex 3 and they dismissed my claim. Thanks to this thread I discovered many others are having a problem with the product. 

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I’m in, how would we even go about that? 

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Even though I'm seeing this now.  I did a Google search on hair thinning and olaplex.  This is the only thread I can find.  Omg. I've gotten blood tests, seen a dermatologist and had no answers to why my hair is thinning.  I have used olaplex for over 1 year and it's soft but lost most likely 1/2 of my beautiful hair and never thought it would be from a product!  Wow. 

I use all the line from 0 to 6. This is disheartening.  I was all good until I began using olaplex.  Had any one stopped using olaplex and found some regrowth?  I need hope here.  Thanks for posting! 

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Yes I stopped the olaplex and bought some hair growth oil and my hair is starting to look a little human. My hair grows very slow normally now it will be forever but eventually. Good Luck

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Hi! Which hair growth oil did you purchase?

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My hair was destroyed by OLAPLEX and now I want to share my story in order to save other people from experiencing I had.

Let me preface this by explaining that my hair prior to using the OLAPLEX system was long, full and healthy. I have natural blonde, straight hair that has not been highlighted in a year. I air-dry my hair every day and only use high quality products. Because of covid and quarantine, I never have to use heat on my hair. I probably only style my hair with heat once a month. Because I have taken such good care of my hair, it grew a thickened tremendously. 



I bought the entire line of products at Sephora because I had heard it’s the holy grail for hair health. Though I had never tried OLAPLEX, I trusted the brand because of how highly recommended and used they are by salon professionals all over the world. 

I used OLAPLEX  0, 3, 4, 5, 6, & carefully followed the instructions. Immediately I noticed that my hair was extremely dry after washing out the conditioner. When using their leave-in conditioner, I had to use a lot of product in order to finger through my hair. As heavy as that product was, it didn’t help my dry hair. After using this system for a week, my hair on the top of my head and surrounding my face all broke off.  It started coming out in clumps. I am devastated.


My hair has turned dry as straw and has shrunken up to these matted rats nests. It looks like my hair is elastic and sticky. Nothing has helped to fix the damage or return the moisture. The hair around my face that was once down to my chest has broken straight off and now it looks like I have a matted mullet. 

I know people who use these products and love them. However, I’m finding out that I’m not alone in this. There are a lot of people experiencing the same thing as me.


These products need to be removed from Sephora’s shelves. They’re not for everyone and the public needs to know the risks and potential disasters they may face if they use them. 


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Thanks for sharing. I can relate to your story and have the hair matting in the back. I’ve never had that. A few days ago I mixed organic apple cider and diluted with spring water. Sprayed on scalp and hair. Left on for 20 minutes. Also been using some essential oils and coconut oil. It helped give me a tiny bit of shine and body back to my super thin hair but still in bad shape and looks short with only getting a trim 3 weeks ago.  I’m lucky I had a lot or I would be bald by now. It’s been about a month and still losing a good amount of hair. This company needs to stand up to the problem and get this off the market. I emailed them tonight and hoping to get a response tomorrow. I’ll keep you posted. 


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I hope those who have had hair thinning and bald spots after using Olaplex 3 (or whatever you used) will consider going to and filing adverse event report of cosmetic product.  I believe FDA tracks adverse events reports and it has investigated other hair care products that have caused hair loss.  

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I’m having excess hair loss look bald in the back of my head after using it and only realized it when my dermatologist told me stop it will cause issues with your hair ..

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I got my hair cut recently, and I was telling my stylist how much I loved Olaplex. Granted, I have only used the No.6 styling creme, and nothing else. She warned me that since Olaplex has amino acids (protein) ingredients, they are to be used sparingly and only on damaged hair. Apparently healthy hair can be negatively affected by too much protein being added if there is already a sufficient amount of keratin present in the hair. I haven't looked to far into this so I'm not sure how accurate this is, but thought I would share since it could be an explanation. I'm so sorry that you experienced this 😞 

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Protein overload is truly a thing. There has to be a balance of moisture and protein. One of my teenagers watches some famous guy, and I heard him talking about it in one of his videos. I believe his last name is “Mondo”.


If in fact Olaplex is loaded with protein, obviously deep moisture treatments without aminos, rice protein, etc would help restore some balance. Maybe that’s why my hair and scalp felt so much better after 2 treatments with Rosehip oil and Aragan oil! 

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Hi All! I too had noticed a TON of shedding and thinning of my hair while I used the Olaplex Shampoo & Conditioner. (#4 & #5). This shedding - which for me, a little is not unusual - but I was having EXCESSIVE amounts of shedding & hair loss. I used both the Olaplex Shampoo and Conditioner together. I purchased them both through Sephora and at first had thought that it had made my hair so soft, so I repurchased the Shampoo for an upcoming vacation, but because of all the shedding it caused me to worry that something was wrong. A few days later when I washed my hair it felt like melty straw! Even with copious amounts of conditioner.
I’ve read some posts that have said “You must not be Shampooing correctly, or this is impossible!” I can promise you that, since the first time I used Olaplex products I’ve been following the directions to a “T”! (My Sister is an excellent Hairstylist & has always taught me to “READ & FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ON THE BOTTLE!”) I even took the time to check out the videos too. So I can promise you, it IS possible, and very true. When I let my hair Air Dry, I used NO HEAT - AT ALL! When my hair still came out all fuzzy, straw-like and was I was STILL shedding like my cat in the Spring, It was then that I decided I was done with Olaplex & it was time for a change. 
That day I switched to Shiseido Urban Moisture (in the Orange Bottle) and my shedding stopped within two Shampoos, and all has been well since! I must say, I’m very happy with the Shiseido line!

Here’s some background about myself:

I have naturally curly hair that is VERY Thick; my hair is NOT treated (at least not for the past 15+years, and it’s grown out and been cut off several times since then) and I rarely use a hot iron or blow dryer on it; I wash it only once a week, Twice if it’s really necessary, but that’s highly unusual. 

I do take Warfarin/Coumadin, which is a blood thinner, because of my Heart Condition, but so far that hasn’t changed my hair type too much. It’s still VERY, VERY thick! Like, so thick, you could sew clothing with one strand of my hair because it’s about the same thickness as string! That’s how thick it is! LoL. 

I hope this has helped you! Please feel free to message me if you need more information or if you have any questions! I wish you the best of luck & the happiest of hair days!

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Hi, I used a olaplex no.3 (from Sephora) for the first time this weekend and when I was rinsing it out, I noticed about the same amount of hair loss as when I die my hair with box die. I just now did a second treatment and this time I noticed a lot of hair falling out as I was putting it in my hair. It makes my hair feel better and look a little better but this hair loss is definitely worrisome 😞

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We have worked so hard to get my daughter’s hair to grow out and had made so much progress. We used Olaplex#0 and #3 and her ends broke off about 3 inches.  We are just sick. 3 years of work gone


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I have the same problem I have half my hair left. I used the step 1 through 7 but it really got worse when I got the 4 and 5 and washed my hair with it for like 8 days. I notice my hair was shedding a lot but my mom had not seen me in those 8 days and when she did she said “why has your hair gotten so thin”.  This  is crazy now it’s going to take about 3 years to grow it back to the way it was. it’s also breaking off in the middle and it still hasn’t stopped falling out. I too got blood work done at my dr. Office and am fine. please somebody help, how do I get it to stop falling out!

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Oils, make you own homemade rosemary, avocado seed, or castor oils for hair loss.  Apply 3 times a week  any of this oils  over night and wash it next day... Shampoos that really worked for me Herbal Essences Bourbon Manuka Honey Rejuvenating, and Dr Hempster anti hair loss Shampoo.. I hope this will help 😊

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Oil. Not hot oil treatments, Rosehip oil on the scalp and roots, and Aragan oil from there down. Clip it up for a couple of hours. Wash with a different shampoo and with a different moisturizing conditioner from mid shaft down. I did this 2 times and it was significantly better. 

What the other poster is eluding to, is she thinks maybe you could have a thyroid problem. It could be, but if you’ve already had blood work done and that was on there, you’re probably okay. Sometimes it really is hair treatments and hair care. 

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