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Will Dyeing and Bleaching Contribute to Hair Loss?

August 9, 2017

It should come as no surprise that introducing chemical vehicles designed to augment the color of one’s hair is not ideal for maintaining hair health. But to what extent do products containing peroxide, ammonia, and other popular hair coloring agents affect the structure and vitality of our hair?

We have all seen the result of overdyed or overbleached hair; the straw-like consistency that comes from zapping vital nutrients from hair follicles over long periods of time. But what are the long-term effects? Does dyeing and bleaching lead to any prolonged consequences which might contribute to hair loss?

The Answer is Yes and No

The short answer is … kind of. Although dyes and bleaches are known to damage existing hair follicles, and can cause treated hair to become so damaged that it falls out, the effects of these agents are not associated with inhibiting new hair growth. This is due to the inability of these chemicals to penetrate deep into the scalp where the base of the hair follicle resides. This means that, while patients can experience temporary hair loss due to dyes and bleaches, permanent hair loss is not likely.

One of the most common ingredients found in hair-lightening products is hydrogen peroxide, favored for its ability to oxidize the melanin responsible for producing hair color. This oxidation weakens the hair cuticle and results in the disruption of key proteins. These factors combine to result in brittle hair that is much more susceptible to breakage. Likewise, other ingredients designed to darken hair – such as phenylenediamine (PPD) – can lead to skin irritation and further hair degradation.

Some Good News

The good news is that hair loss triggered by dyes and bleaching agents is not permanent, and steps can be made to regain hair strength and prevent further hair loss.

At Dermatology Consultants, we offer an array of hair products and services meant to not only improve the look and feel of your hair, but also boost hair health and promote new hair growth.

Products such as Nutrafol and Omni Hair Restorative Complex are terrific adjuncts to hair therapy treatments and aid in naturally – and safely – restoring hair growth. These products can be used as either stand-alone treatments or in conjunction with other products and services designed specifically for hair rejuvenation.

Microneedling with growth factors, topical products, and nutritional supplements also help restore hair growth, and are great options for those who have struggled with other methods for treating hair loss.

Although dyes and bleaches damage hair, patients who have used these products have no need to worry about permanent hair loss. However, to improve the health and overall look of hair, prevent future hair loss from occurring, or treat current hair loss caused by other factors, visit Dermatology Consultants for a full hair evaluation.


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