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Does Hair Dye Cause Hair Loss?

There are all sorts of new hair trends that feature color-treated hair. What many people are not considering, however, is how bad dyes actually are for your hair and what damage it can do later on in life. Though dyes will not typically stunt hair growth, they can cause your existing hair to fall out much faster and in much greater chunks if you are not careful.

Why does hair dye cause hair loss?

When you dye your hair, you are weakening your hair shaft (the visible foundation of your hair follicle) and disrupting the protein backbone. Hair dye often contains large amounts of peroxide that remove the eumelanin pigments from your hair in order to give you a brighter, longer-lasting color. This process severely damages the hair shaft, causing breakage and cuticle disruption. Fortunately, hair dye cannot penetrate beneath the scalp, so hair that has not yet emerged cannot be affected. This means that though hair dye can speed up hair loss, it cannot actually stop hair from growing.

Is hair loss due to hair dye permanent?

The alopecia that results from hair dye alone is usually temporary; however, the process and upkeep of dyeing your hair may cause permanent hair loss. For example, people who dye their hair often have to wash it more frequently, which can weaken your hair and stunt hair growth. Similarly, these same people often have to brush their hair more often and keep their hair in tight ponytails, which can also cause permanent hair damage.

What can I do?

If you are a victim of hair loss due to overdyeing your hair, there is a permanent solution for you. The experts at Hairline Ink have perfected a procedure called scalp micropigmentation that gives the look of real 3D hair follicles in just two to three treatments. The best part is that the pigment is totally customizable based on your preference – meaning you will not have to touch up your hair every month as you do now with hair dye. Contact us today by phone or visit our homepage to discuss your options.

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