- Hair gel does not cause hair loss, but…
- If you use hair gel every day, I recommend rinsing it out before going to bed. Why?
- Because most hair gels contain mildly toxic ingredients. If you go to sleep with gel in your hair it’s likely that some of the gel will get absorbed into your scalp skin.
- It’s possible that the toxic ingredients could be bad for your hair. However…
- Compared with the most powerful causes of hair loss — DHT and stress, hair gel is not likely to have a significant impact on your hair.
- If you think your hair los is caused by gel, you’re probably wrong. It’s more likely that DHT or stress is the true cause. I recommend reading this article on reducing DHT and the stres hormone, cortisol.
The use of hair gel on its own does not cause hair loss and in fact you could use gel regularly for a long period of time without experiencing any negative side effects, providing you wash your hair and scalp well every day and avoid going to sleep with gel in your hair.
However, gel may have an impact on hair loss.
Hair grows in phases. Each individual hair on your head grows for a period (several years), then it goes into a resting period for around two weeks, before it falls out. The hair that has been shed will be replaced with a new hair. This is why it is important to keep the scalp clean and the pores clear and unblocked.
Ever noticed bald people often have shiny scalps?
You may have made the observation that many bald people and people with receding hairlines or thinning hair, often have shiny scalps. This shiny layer is caused by a build-up of an oil called ‘sebum’, which combines with dead skin cells, cosmetic styling products (such as hair gel) and other pollutants. This oil layer builds up and becomes embedded into the scalp, making it impossible to wash out using conventional shampooing methods. The hardened embedded oil fills in pores around the edges, eventually entirely filling the pores. This causes hair follicle miniaturization and eventually can contribute to total hair loss.
So, while hair gel does not cause hair loss, it may be a contributing factor, especially if you have used it for years without being careful to wash your hair and scalp daily, particularly before bed, in order to prevent the clogging of your skin’s pores.
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