Can Frequent Use of Dyes Contribute to Hair Loss?

As you get older, your hair will start greying. It’s completely natural, however it isn’t something many people welcome with open arms. The trouble is that greying is an irreversible process. Once your hair goes grey, it’s never going to go back to its natural colour. Your only options are to leave it or dye it.

About hair dye

Hair dye is designed to change the colour of the hair on a permanent, semi-permanent or temporary basis. It can be applied professionally at a hair salon or done at home with a hair dye kit from the supermarket.

Hair dye is something you will have to use on a regular basis, if you want to prevent your hair from looking grey. As new hair starts to grow through, you’ll find that you need to do a touch up, so to avoid having grey roots. Many people enjoy colouring their hair as it makes them feel better about themselves and gives them a confidence boost. The trouble is that it can have some negative implications too.
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Hair dye can prevent healthy hair growth

Semi-permanent and permanent hair dyes usually contain chemicals such as ammonia and hydrogen peroxide, which can be harmful to the body in large quantities. Whilst these chemicals are mostly safe in small doses, regular use is thought to irritate and damage the scalp to some extent.

If you dye your hair so much that your scalp gets irritated and damaged, you may find that it is no longer capable of producing a healthy head of hair.

The strong chemicals used in hair dyes can also cause hair to become weak and damaged with persistent use, which can result in hair breaking off and thinning.

Regular bleaching isn’t good for your hair

It’s not just people who are going grey that dye their hair. Much younger men and women commonly use hair dye too. The trendy bleach blonde look has resulted in many men and women going from having dark hair to extremely light blonde hair, which as you can imagine not only changes the hairs state completely but also requires regular upkeep.

The more people dye their hair, the more they risk damaging and losing it.

Whilst some people are more prone to hair loss than others (it can be in the genes and caused by medical issues too), frequent use of hair dye is certainly a contributing factor. Before making any big decisions about changing your hair colour, it’s important to consider the possible effects it can have on your hair in the long term.

Allergic reactions to hair dye

Since hair dyes contain so many strong chemicals, there’s always a risk of being allergic to them, which in extreme cases can lead to hair loss. If you are allergic to a hair dye, it may cause your scalp to itch, which can cause the follicles to shed hair prematurely.

If you want to dye your hair with a home kit, it is advised that you do a patch test first. Test a little of the dye on the hair behind your ear and leave it for 24 or 48 hours (depending on what the instructions say) to see if it causes any irritation.


Whilst we’re not saying don’t use hair dye (it’s up to you at the end of the day), what we are saying is that you should keep in mind that the chemicals aren’t great for your hair or scalp. If hair loss is something that concerns you, we highly recommend that you avoid frequent use of hair dye and make the effort to maintain a healthy scalp.

The Wimpole Clinic offers FUE Hair, Beard & Eyebrow Transplants & Trichology. Talk to a specialist ☎ 020 7935 1861.

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