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Does hair gel cause hair loss? Yes. Try this.

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Last updated: Feb 18, 2020

Greasy gelled hair that is falling out and becoming thin

Has hair gel irreversibly damaged your hair follicles?

Very few people know this but hair gel is actually toxic. A simple way to understand this is like this: if you ate your hair gel, what do you think would happen? The toxic chemicals would make you very sick.

But did you know the chemicals you apply to your scalp absorb into your skin? Those toxic chemicals may do irreversible damage to your hair follicles.

Unfortunately, once hair follicles have become damaged to the point that they no-longer grow, they can never be revived: resulting in the hair getting thinner and thinner. However, there is a way to generate completely new hair follicles. It’s called hair follicle neogenesis and it works by breaking down the old damaged hair follicles using a Dermaroller and generating completely new hair follicles using growth factors.

How can you regrow the lost hair?

It is possible to generate new hair follicles in the scalp. This is called ‘hair follicle neogenesis’. To create new hair follicles you have to create tiny micro-wounds in the scalp tissue using a Dermaroller type device, then increase ‘growth factors’ in the scalp to encourage new hair follicles to generate.

The more you complete the process, the more hair follicles you can generate.

To learn more read The Genius of Hair Follicle Neogenesis.

For my complete guide on how to do at home hair follicle neogenesis, sign-up to my free email series.

Is it OK to leave gel in your hair overnight?

I personally recommend against leaving gel in your hair overnight. Instead, rinse the gel out. If it’s incredibly difficult to rinse out, use some shampoo. After you’ve washed the gel out of your hair, apply a topical hair growth treatment to your scalp to stimulate increase hair growth. If you do this every night, not only will you prevent any hair loss caused by hair gel or wax, but you’ll also help stimulate hair growth, meaning you could grow healthier, thicker hair and avoid future hair loss.

Click here to see the world’s most effective topical hair growth stimulators.

Should you stop using hair gel?

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’s 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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  1. hi .. nice articles .. i know that hair loss makes everybody stress . anyway, i wanna put several things about do and dont for your hair loss :
    Hair loss ‘Do’ lists
    1.Use filtered water when washing your hair. Sometimes, the levels of the chlorine are very high. It’s not good for our scalp and might cause damage on it. It tends to cause hair loss .
    2.Massage olive oil onto your scalp. Hair loss sometimes is caused by the dry scalp condition. Your body might lack of proteins, iron and water. Olive oil will help your scalp to keep healthy to prevent hair loss .
    3.Take gingko Supplements. I already write an article about gingko biloba for hair loss problem. It will help you fixing the blood circulation in your body. Don’t forget that hair loss might be caused by poor blood circulation.
    4.Treatment your hair with rosemary essential oil. Later I will give you a recipe about this rosemary essential oil remedy.
    5.Use eggs. It could be either white eggs or the yolks. Eggs are very rich of protein. You could massage it into your hair and scalp, then shampooing and rinse well. It will fix the damage on your hair and promote more volume hair.
    Hair loss ‘Don’t’ list
    1.Don’t be stressed. Over stress only accelerates your hair loss .
    2.Don’t drink too much alcohol and smoking. It affects your hair loss . These bad habits are affecting your blood circulations.
    3.Don’t eat too much sweet.
    4.Don’t apply too much chemical on your scalp. It will only make your hair loss to get worse.
    5.Don’t rush. Hair loss treatment result might appear at least after six months.
    6.So, patience is a key for your hair loss problem

  2. It is cool site. Hair loss can be caused by many different reasons! Find out the actual cause of hair loss! There are many causes of loss of hair such as stress, poor nutrition ,medications, thyroid dysfunctions, illness, fungal infections ,hormonal problems, to mention a few. but anyway you can always try and get real results.

    1. Look for any natural or ideally organic hair gel that contains nutritious ingredients. Avoid high street and supermarket sold gels and waxes. Try searching Google for “organic hair wax”

  3. Hellow..
    My name is avinash,im a student,my age around 19years.My problem is,I have gray please suggest me,how to cover gray hair with an easy method.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Avinash,
      Greying hair can be reversed. In order to do so you need to reactivate cells in the base of the hair follicles. The methods used to reactivate these cells are much the same as those used to reverse hair loss and re-initiate hair growth. I could write you an essay on how to do that but you’re best off downloading my eBook, which explains everything you need to know. Just follow the steps. You will not need to complete the first part of step 1 in the eBook, as this is more of an extreme technique for stopping hair loss, but the rest of the instructions will all help reverse the onset of greying. However, unlike with stopping hair loss, it may take some time (years) to completely reverse the greying.
      The eBook is available to download here:
      I’ve also emailed you from my personal email address. If you have any other questions just give me a shout.

  4. hi, im 21 years old and realised that my hair at the front is thinning(not bad just thinner than other areas of my hair) when i lift it up (spike it up). Ive been using hair wax for years daily. However i read somewhere that if the hair around your temples (circle part) is behind the front by an inch and a half is doesnt mean balding just a mature hairline. I do wash my hair a few times a week, but does this all product on hair thing mean i should just shave my head short. Also there is no baldness on my mothers side of the family (uncles have hair and there in their early 50s) but my dad started losing his hair around mid 60s. Please reply back.

    1. Hi,
      It is quite normal for mens’ hairlines to recede in the late teens. This probably occurs in around 35% of men. The rest of the hair can stay thick for a good ten years on. However if your hair is starting to thin at the front centre, this sounds like a fairly standard example of the onset of male pattern baldness. It’s very likely that your hair is thinning due to DHT, which is starting to have a noticeable effect on your hair. Your best bet is to start combating the problem now. You can remove DHT from the scalp and reduce DHT production, using my method. To regrow lost hair you would need to increase blood circulation in the scalp and feed the hair.
      I explain how to do this in my eBook.
      I don’t think you need to shave your hair. However if you are using hair wax daily you should try to wash it out every night before bed (or at least in the morning). You don’t really want hair wax building up on the scalp. Try to keep your scalp clean — wash it well and use a good shampoo.

  5. hi iam 21 year old male ,my hair was quite alright till last year and never had hairfall in my whole life but suddenly since the last 7_8 months my hair have started to fall drastically so i shaved my head but the new hairs took a long time to grow back and the new hair is very thin and less in volume and the hairfall havent stopped and i loose a lot of hair everyday. I shampoo and condition thrice a week and have stopped using any kind of gel etc.
    My hairline has receeded lot and becaise of that i also had to change my hair style. please suggest something to stop this, and also i do smoke 2_3 ciggarates daily does that also contobute to hairfall

    1. Hi Bonie,
      The slow rate at which your hair is regrowing suggests to me that you may have a nutrient deficiency. In my eBook I have a chapter dedicated to nutrition, in which I explain a combination of ‘superfoods’ that really accelerate hair growth a lot by massively feeding the hair (I think this will help you a lot).
      However I would estimate that the cause of your hair loss (due to receding hair line, age, gender and miniaturization of follicles), is DHT. Therefore in order to stop your hair loss you most likely need to remove DHT from your scalp and reduce DHT levels in your scalp. This will help stop further hair loss. Once you’ve done that you will need to increase blood circulation in the scalp and directly feed the dormant hair follicles to re-initiate hair growth.
      I explain how to do all of this in the eBook, in step-by-step instructions. Follow them and you should be able to stop your hair loss and restart hair growth.
      Let me know if you have any further questions. Email me at any time.
      You can download the eBook from here:

  6. Hi i am joy i am 19 years old. I had great problem of hair fall my scalp is too shiny and oily even though i am not using oil tell me how can i reduce my hair fall

    1. Hi Joy,
      If you have very oily skin it’s possible you have a vitamin deficiency, unbalanced hormones, too much of certain foods in your diet, or your liver is operating at sub-optimum levels. Stress and anxiety can also cause the sebaceous gland to become over-active. I also suffered from this problem and fortunately it is quite easy to fix completely.
      I explain all the different ways of reducing skin oil (sebum) in my eBook, which you can download from here:
      Sebum contains DHT, which is the primary cause of hair loss. If you have a greasy shiny scalp, this is likely to be one of the causes and it’s important that you solve it at the root (eliminating the underlying causes). There are several things you need to do in order to do this, all of which is explained in my eBook instructions.

  7. Hi,
    i’m 26 yr old and my beard had starting turning into white and two mouth at the end of hairs, is this might because of using gel, hair spray etc kindly suggest me the best oil for beard which could help me to fix this problem of hair.
    thanks and regards,

    1. Hi Ramandeep,
      Are you using hair spray or gel on your beard??? Providing that you wash your face well every day to make sure your skins pores are clear you shouldn’t be having any problems here.
      You might try a natural nutrient rich face moisturiser — this may help. Make sure it’s a good quality moisturiser with natural, nutritious ingredients, to help feed the skin.

  8. Hi,what can I do to have less dry hair so that I won’t have to put gel on and leave it naturally like other girls?

  9. I used kinky curl shampoo gel and leave in (basically their whole line). My hair was coming out in random clumps but I don’t know why I assumed it was”just shedding” then I decided to switch to tresemme 2-in-1normal hair shampoo ( my hair is curly) and then deep conditioned with nuertogena triple moisture recovery mask. Thenn follow up with tresemme mousse. NO HAIR CAME OUT(also note before I washed my hair I deepconditioned with coconut milk and olice oil so I’m assuming that’s what stopped the hair fallout) I’m assuming the gel was causing build up? I want to love the gel but I’m not sure if I should try again? Should I use it again? & 3 questions I have is I was going to start cowashing my hair. If I use john freida smooth start conditioner then try out its a ten miracle leave in would that be ok? And can you use another deep conditioning after I cowash ? I was going to use the triple moisture mask again. And can I use the olive oil/coco milk miix again or would that create build up? Thank you in advance! 🙂 this site is helpful!

    1. Hi Monique,
      Thanks for your questions. I would not recommend co-washing. There are two majot problems with co-washing. 1. You cannot properly wash your scalp with conditioner. 2. Conditioner leaves residues behind on the hair. With time (and especially if you’re not shampooing) this will build up. Conditioner does make hair LOOK healthier, but it doesn’t actually make it healthy. The reason it looks healthier is because it adds synthetic protein to tiny chips and breaks in the hairs, which makes hair appear smoother and shinier because the surface becomes more even and is coated in conditioner residue.
      This can be a good thing if it achieves what you want to achieve. However I would recommend washing your hair and scalp with a good, natural shampoo, such as these organic SLS free shampoos. The Green People range is particularly good and they have a Vitamin shampoo, which is worth trying.
      It’s a good idea to wash your scalp to keep your pores clear and scalp in good condition. Using a natural shampoo that contains a healthy amount of nutrients is a good way of doing this.
      If you want to improve the condition of your hair I would try coconut oil. Check out my latest article for more details. This I think will really help you — How to End Split Ends.
      All the best,

  10. holla,
    why is it so important to wash hair gel coated hair before going to bed? i’ve been going to bed with gel on since couple of months and now i’m worried about hair loss. plus, what is a safer hair product, hair cream or gel??

    1. It’s not the most important thing regarding hair loss. However with years of use it won’t help your hair. If you don’t wash it out of your hair before bed, over several years the residue may combine with dead skin cells, skin oil and air born pollutants and embed into your scalp, clogging pores and potentially posioning the hair!
      However two months of hair gel use is not going to have caused your hair loss — we’re talking about years of use here.
      If you’re looking for a safe hair gel or wax product take a look at this list, which includes a few of the better ones — 9 High Quality Nutrient Rich Organic Hair Styling Waxes and Gels.

  11. i am 17 years old, i was using styling gel on my hair for one week and a half, will it cause my hair to damage. what type if shampoo should i use i have thick hair can it go thin, one more thing my cousin have thin hair can it get thick i need your help please because i hate loosing my hair i have dandruff or fungus in my hair can i still wear weave please help me.

    1. Hi Vaneisha,
      Pore clogging associated with gel use usually takes a lot longer than a week so don’t worry about that, you should be fine. If you’re looking for good products get one like these: 9 High Quality Nutrient Rich Organic Hair Styling Waxes and Gels.
      I would recommend not wearing your hair in a weave. See Is it possible to reverse traction alopecia (hair loss caused by tight braids, weaves, etc)?.
      If you have a fungal infection you should see your doctor about this and ask to get it treated.
      All the best,

  12. Hi, im alex im 17 years old.. I been noticeing for some.time.knw that right side of my hair is thining and falling out..i was sure it was because of all the gel I would use.. I would leave it on all day.. I would sleep with it.. I did this.for.abt 2years.. I didnt knw it was a big deal.. But knw I.see that it is my hair is thin in one side and nice on the other.. My ? Is will I go bold?? Or is there a way to fix this??

    1. Hi Alex,
      It’s a good idea to wash hair gel out before you sleep to avoid rubbing it into your scalp as you sleep. Do you usually tend to sleep on one side?
      At the age of 17 you have a good chance of preventing further hair loss now before it gets too bad. I would suggest keeping your scalp clean and healthy and following my advice on hormonal balance, DHT, nutrition and stress control.
      All the best

  13. Hi I am 16 years old
    I have been using gel for few years now, usually just to keep my hair down and nice instead of standing up and messy (mostly just the upper part where the circle in the middle of my head is ) but in about a month ago I bought the gel “Spiker” and started spiking my day everyday all day, I take a shower and wash it before I go to sleep everyday but the thing is I really use too much gel on my hair to make sure that all of it is standing up and spiked so I have been watching my hair carefully and make sure that it doesnt start falling out or anything, I think I have normal shedding but nothing more but for few years (more than 3 years) now I have felt like there is
    some kind of a layer on my scalp right on the middle of my head where the circle is, when I first felt it I tried to scratch it out or something while using the shampoo but that didnt work beside hurting me during scratching but I first felt it at least 3 years ago and I didnt lose any hair or anything but since I started spiking my hair I think the same kind of layer is starting on my front and middle hair.
    I am not sure if its too shiny or normal and I thing I have normal shedding but still not sure
    all I know is that I am too worried and stressed that I might be losing hair and that I might go bald in the future…
    Do you have any suggestions to what I should do?
    also is it okay to use too many gel as long as I take a shower and use the shampoo and conditioner everyday before I go to sleep?

    1. Hi James,
      Yes you should be fine to use gel providing you wash it out so it doesn’t get rubbed into your scalp when you sleep.
      I would recommend asking someone to have a look at your scalp where you can feel it feels a bit odd — it’s probably nothing but worth getting someone to have a quick look.
      If you’re concerned about future hair loss I would recommend making sure you follow a healthy diet including green leafy vegetables, lot’s of other fresh vegetables and oily fish. Exercise regularly, sleep well, manage your stress levels and perhaps consider using a healthy hair gel like one of these organic hair gels and waxes.

  14. Hi my name is sam…..
    my problem is zat my hair is falling off………
    Sometimes a little and smetimes alot………
    the problem is zat i do use a good gel (Fructis Garnier) and a good shampoo (Pro-V pantene)…….
    What should i do???

  15. Hi,
    I am writing to tell you that I want to get information about hair gel.
    I use hair gel for regular and daily usage. So I don’t know properly that does it remove hair from head or not.
    So I want you to give me some information about hair gel.
    Many Thanks
    yours Sincerely Hussain Ahmad Date:13.01.2012

  16. hey,
    i am a 21 year old female and for the last 2 years my hair has been falling out. i feel so foolish for leaving it this long,just thought it would correct itself. but the last couple of months it has just got so bad. my hair is now really thin and is so unhealthy. also, my scalp is very dry and itchy. always has been but iv never thought to link the two together. my hair is dull and lifeless and every time i touch it, i am guaranteed to have hair fall. i dread having to wash my hair becasue of the amount of hair loss. i did have a baby 5 years ago,so dunno if thats part of the problem. hormones? do you think my problem if DHT related?
    looking forward to hearing back,

    1. Hi Haeley,
      I’ve emailed you some advice on how to deal with this. Also, try apple cider vinegar for the itchy scalp. There are details on how to use vinegar in edition 2 of the eBook.

  17. Hi, I was using Sandal Wood shower gel in my hair for a few months. About a week or so ago I realized it was body wash. Would this, in any way, cause hair loss? Because I would like to know before I go to the doctor’s to find out why I’m losing hair at 20.

    1. Hi Craig,
      No the shower gel will not have caused hair loss. It is far more likely that your hair loss is either caused by DHT, stress, a scalp condition or possibly a nutrient deficiency.
      The best thing you can possibly do is follow the special scalp therapy instructions in my eBook, which explain how to remove DHT, block DHT from the follicles and increase blood flow to the hair. Then follow my intense hair nourishment diet to feed your hair with the exact nutrients required for hair growth. You should also consider using the free audio mind training program that comes with the eBook to train your mind to be relaxed and calm, if you think your hair loss is at all stress related.
      If you go to your doctor ask to have your DHT levels checked and ask if you have any nutrient deficiencies or any other underlying problems.

  18. Dude I think I may be losing hair crow the sides. I don’t quite remember how my hairline was before but I think I ve lost a few strands. I use gel ,wash it everyday maybe the problem is I brush it too much.I’m only 17 and my fathers bald as an egg though my grandpa isn’t so what’s my fate. Am I balding or teen receding whatever. I cover my forehead up now in a sexy way but i feel fake. People keep telling me I have good hair but the truth is I work on it alot like 20-30minutes of my day I spend infront of a mirror.

    1. Receding of the hair line is quite common in males in their late teens. It’s possible that the hair loss will discontinue after a fairly short spell of frontal hair loss, but it’s more likely that the hair loss will continue and get worse in your twenties.
      I would advise that you do something about it now. By increasing blood flow to the hair and increasing your consumption of nutrients required for hair growth you can increase the supply of the right nutrients to your hair to help grow more hair. You probably need to reduce your DHT levels but as you’re in your late teens you are almost certainly experiencing a temporary increase in DHT levels, which will increase your facial hair etc. So you’re best off only reducing the DHT levels in your scalp using a special topical solution — which I explain how to make in my eBook.
      You can download the eBook from here:

  19. Hi,
    How often do u recommend hair to be washed? because i’ve heard that washing hair everyday causes hair loss….Is that true? or is it safe to wash daily?

    1. I can’t say whether this product would cause your hair loss. What I will say is it is far more likely that there is another more significant cause of your hair loss, such as DHT.
      I’d advise discontinuing the use of the hair wax if you think it’s causing any pore clogging (due to leaving in the the hair overnight for example).
      Then I would suggest clearing your scalp’s pores and beginning an intense hair nutrition regime to feed and reactivate your hair follicles.
      All the best,

  20. Hello Doctor:
    I’m smith 23yrs of old, And I have problem in hairfall particular spoot near my sidelock . Since last year my side lock is getting thin and even edge position of my 2 sides could you please assist wat is cause and how to solve it.

    1. Hi Smith Marshall,
      I would recommend reading through the pages on this website as a start. Hair loss is not a straight forward thing to cure and it does take some work. The best advice I can give you is to follow the instructions in my eBook.
      All the best,

  21. Hi there, I am 16 and I have been using hair products for a couple of weeks now. I want to ask you a couple of questions.
    First, I use Schwarzkopf Taft hair wax daily, so is it a good hair product?
    Second, I heard that washing your hair every day can cause hair loss and I see that you suggest washing your hair daily.
    Third, what amount of gel/wax should I use?
    And fourth, I wash my hair 2 times a week. So when I wash my hair, does it take away all of that things that block the pores?
    P.S. This site is great, it is really helpful. Keep up the good work! 🙂

    1. Hi Rade,
      Thanks for your comment.
      If you are using wax daily and sleeping with wax in your hair it’s possible that the wax could ‘mash’ (for want of a better word!) into your scalp. Take a look at the ingredients in your product. You don’t really want those ingredients absorbing into your scalp every night while you sleep do you?
      If you use wax daily I’d recommend washing it out daily too. Ideally you should wash your hair when it gets oily (this varies from person to person, but is usually between 2 and 7 days. But if you’re applying wax to your hair every day you should wash it out, to keep your scalp clean and clear.
      Remember, when you wash your hair you should wash your scalp too — in fact the scalp is the most important part.
      Check out: 9 High Quality Nutrient Rich Organic Hair Styling Waxes and Gels. Next purchase, go for something along these lines.

  22. i put gel everyday on my hair. and now i have noticed that some of my hair has turned white. how can i stop it?
    and does this mean i can’t use gel any more. cause if i don’t put gel on my hair, it will look ugly. thnaks.

    1. Hi Naveen,
      Hair gel will not cause your hair to turn gray or white. As we age, the level of ‘melanin’ in our hair reduces. Melanin is what gives hair colour. It is believed by some trichologists that it is possible to increase melanin in hair by improving diet — particularly by increasing consumption of B vitamins.
      However, whether you use hair gel or not, will not have any impact on your melanin levels.

  23. Hello. I’m 21 years old, and I have yet to experience any signs of hair loss, but quite a few members of my family (literally half of my uncles on both sides) have baldness to some degree. My two half brothers developed a more pronounced widows peak in later in life (late 20’s/early 30’s). despite not experiencing any of these signs, are there preventative measures I can make now to ensure baldness does not arise?
    side note, I shower(and wet my hair) everyday, but only wash my hair with shampoo/conditioner every other day. I typically take my showers around 5pm-6pm and use leave-in conditioners. Just curious as to weather or not my current habits may be doing more harm than good

    1. Hi James,
      By the sounds of it what you’re doing seems fine — however it’s difficult to know whether you’re doing anything that may cause hair loss without knowing more about your diet and hair care habits.
      Preventative measures you can take to keep your hair healthy without spending any time on specialist treatments would include:

      If you need more powerful measures, check out my eBook.

  24. hi im 25 yrs old and i started to notice my hair to fall in the shower every time,about 10 or more hairs. is this normal? and when will it stop? not sure if im going threw a hair cycle phase. i used to have my hair a bit long this past winter and cut it 3 months ago very short. i also started talking vitamins just in case and use less hair gel, thinking of not using anything at all anymore. or is this a sign of high stress? my dad is bald and he started losing his hair at the same age and got worst by 27.. im worried and dont know what to expect.. should i kiss my young stud life away ? 🙁 p.s this has been goin on for 3 moths now.

    1. Hi Gus,
      No you should not kiss you young stud life goodbye lol. Noticing around 10 hairs in the shower everyday is not really an unusually high number. However the fact that you’ve started to notice your shedding (as well as genetic factors you mention) would suggest to me that hair loss has started.
      If you want to stop it I highly recommend you start doing something about it now. I can’t really stress enough how difficult it is to stop hair loss. So many people think that they can simply take some hair loss supplements or perhaps use some Rogaine and their hair will start getting thicker in months. It’s simply not the case.
      Hair loss is extremely difficult to reverse. If you want to get your body out of ‘hair loss mode’ and into ‘hair growth mode’ you have to do some fairly extreme things. It’s not easy, but it’s well worth it.
      My best suggestion is that you check out my eBook, which explains how to eliminate the underlying causes of hair loss and how to massively promote hair growth.
      You can take a look inside the eBook for free here.
      All the best,

  25. I have a problem with my hair.I’ve got a problem especially that so called “hair loss”, I experienced that actually. Now I just want to ask if what would be the effect of using hair gel daily in a couple of years and sometimes I forgot to wash it especially in bed times. I leave my hair with gel while sleeping. What would be the effect of that?Thanks.

    1. Hi Chun,
      It’s possible that leaving gel on your scalp while you sleep could cause the gel to block pores in the scalp. It’s also very possible that the ingredients in your gel product are not particularly good for your hair or skin. However I cannot say for certain whether your hair gel use was the cause of your hair loss. In fact it’s far more likely that something far more influential caused your hair loss. I would recommend you start looking for answers in these key causes of hair loss:

      I hope this helps you in your search.
      All the best,

  26. Thanks a lot it helps but I have another question.,is it possible that using too much of hair gel can damage your brain and causes baldness?is it okay to leave my hair with gel during my sleeping time?hope you answer this question.THANK YOU!!!

    1. Hi Chun,
      No I don’t think your hair gel will damage your brain. I hope not anyway! Common gel products aren’t great for your skin, scalp or hair though, which is why I don’t recommend leaving them in your hair all night.

  27. The name of my hair gel is Gelee Hair Works Extra Firm Hold. I used it in several years already and the problem is I used it everyday and try not to wash it during my sleeping time. I leave my hair with gel. Is it the product Hair Works Gel okay to use everyday?

    1. Hi Gunn,
      No, hair gel shouldn’t cause dandruff. However it’s possible that with poor scalp hygiene, it could develop various conditions, including dandruff.

  28. Hi Chris,
    I would like to ask you a question about hair. I’m not sure if my hair is thick but I asked the barbers for a number 5 on top and 3 on the side. When I got it, I could see my scalp quite clearly from far away. It’s been three months now and my hair has grown. If you look at it, you cannot see my scalp at all when I wash it(My hair’s black and all you can see is black). And plus, is Vosene a good shampoo. Another question is that my hair looks clear with no flakes, but consider me sitting on a sofa and looking at my knees. I rub my hair and an endless avalanche of flakes fall to my kness. What can I do to combat this? One last question. does watching TV and playing Video games contribute to hair loss? I heard it challenges your brain and causes hair loss. Thank you 😀

    1. Hi Aamir,
      No, challenging your brain should not cause hair loss! 🙂
      It sounds like your hair is fine, if you cannot see your scalp. If you’re concerned though, have a read through some of the pages on this website for some more advice, using the links in the right hand sidebar.
      If you want to clear up a flaky scalp I recommend using a shampoo that contains “Ketoconazole”. That should clear up the problem.
      Vosene anti dandruff shampoo contains zinc, which can help prevent dandruff. If you want to see some really good shampoos check out these two posts:

      All the best,

  29. The person cut my hair said that applying gel on hair with oil does not damage the hair. Is that true???
    And should we apply gel on our hair on daily basis

  30. Well i am facing some serious hair loss roblem and some of my hair are turning grey . What should i do??

  31. Hello, I’m a 21 yr old female and my hair is really dry and damaged and i was wondering if you knew what is the fastest way to repair my hair? Are there Any good shampoos and conditioners you would recommend?

    1. Hi Sandra,
      The hair that you can see is ‘dead’. As hair grows through the scalp it becomes ‘keratanized’. Once the hair is keratinized any damage done to it cannot be reversed. However there are conditioner products that temporarily fill in the damaged parts of the hairs with artificial ingredients that simulate hair, making it smoother and seemingly repaired — hence the terminology “healthy looking hair”, rather than just “healthy hair” in all the TV adverts. These products are usually called things like ‘damage repair’ and ‘intense repair conditioners’.
      Of course these treatments may help make your hair look better but actually they only mask the problem (which is the damaged hairs). What you really should do is protect your hair from damage and feed your hair from within with the ingredients that build hair structure.
      Take a look at 10 Products that Prevent Split Ends and Protect your Hair from Damage.
      I’m planning to post a guide on the website soon that explains how to grow longer hair fast. This will detail everything you need to know. As part of the guide I’ll also review 10 damage repair products. Follow me on Twitter to get my updates.
      All the best,

  32. I also wanted to know is there any vitamins i can take to help my hair get healthier and grow faster?

  33. I was unaware regarding the following information you have posted over here. I use hair gels daily to get a good shine as well as to keep them straight. But i really liked what you have shared. Would love to see more like this.

  34. Hi,
    I just wanted to know why its so important to remove hair gel before sleeping? I mean what difference does does it make if we sleep with it and wash it every other morning?
    and I also wanted to ask if park avenue hair gel is any good??

  35. Hi,
    I was wondering if you knew anythingt about Min New York anti dht gel and whether it’s effective in preventing hair loss? Also, should I be washing my hair using shampoo or can I just use water to wash out gel? I normally gel my hair 3 or 4 times a week but only shampoo twice a week.

    1. Hi Waqas ali,
      It is fine to use just water to wash out the gel if that will effectively rinse it out.
      Thanks for mentioning the Min New York anti DHT gel — this product looks very interesting. Saw palmetto and azelaic acid are thought to block DHT, while ginkgo biloba is thought to increase blood circulation, making this a good hair gel for hair loss prevention.
      It also contains nutrients that may benefit the hair and scalp. I’ll be sure to add this product to my list:
      10 High Quality Nutrient Rich Organic Hair Styling Waxes and Gels
      Although it’s not organic it’s worth thee add I think.

  36. Hi,
    so I’m a 23 year old female with type 2 curly hair. My hair routine for about the last ten years: every other morning I usually shampoo and condition (Tresemme, Garnier, Pantene, Dove, typical mid-range brands, usually whatever is on sale), brush my hair while it is still wet, and apply liberal amounts of a strong-hold gel product (again Garnier Fructis, L’oreal, etc other mid-range brands) to keep the curls from getting frizzy, then I would braid it (not overly tightly) or put it up in a bun so it would stay out of my face. I never brush/comb my hair when it is dry, and on the non-shower days I would just leave the gel in and not wash it because I know that curly hair doesn’t need to be washed as often.
    However, over the last 2 years or so I’ve noticed my incredibly thick hair is much lighter/thinner all over than it was when I was young, with the hair falling out at the roots (with club-shaped heads). It still looks like it has a lot of volume because it is so curly but that is deceptive. Perhaps I have as much hair as other people with thin, straight hair, but not as much as I did in the past. Even when I was young the brush and shower drain would often be full of hair, but it didn’t seem so significant because I had so much of it. Now however, the amount of hair in the brush and shower drain worries me because I do not want it to be permanently lost or damaged! Last year was incredibly stressful for me; I thought that might be a factor, but I’ve wondered if living in a foreign country this year with very hard, limed water could be contributing to the problem as well.
    Over the last few months I’ve gradually changed my habits; I’ve cut my hair short, started shampooing once or twice a week, conditioning three or four times a week, carefully combing my hair after I shower and applying a cream that is supposed to prevent hair-fall (rather than hair gel; found it at a local hair product store). But my hair still falls out, I would hazard a guess more than 100 strands a day with how much I sweep up around the house. Also when I tug at my hair often a strand or two will come out. I also eat a lot more healthily; a wide variety of proteins, fruits, and vegetables. And yet my hair still falls out!
    Help! Any useful home remedy tips I can find in a developing world country?
    btw, I’m also paranoid because all the males in my family have hereditary pattern baldness and I don’t want to be bald, especially at this age …

    1. Hi Carol,
      First off, try not to brush or comb your hair when it’s wet, as it causes more breakage than when hair is dry. If you need to brush or comb when wet, coat the hair with a protective coating first — such as coconut oil or shea butter. Or check out these products (available online) that can protect the hair:
      10 Products that Prevent Split Ends and Protect your Hair from Damage
      Stress is a major factor in hair loss. I highly recommend getting 20 minutes of fairly high intensity cardio exercise three times per week. This will help reduce stress and will help boost blood circulation to your extremities (including the scalp). The hair is fed via the blood stream so a good flow of blood to the scalps surface will help send food to the hair that makes it grow.
      Here are some more key points to consider:

      If you have any more questions please email me and I’ll help.
      All the best,

  37. Hi,
    I’m a 17 year old male who has tried a lot of different hairstyles. I’m an athlete, so I wash my hair pretty much at least once a day. I’ve used gel before over the years to spike my hair and have never had any scalp issues. However, sometime in the Spring of last year, I decided to go with the greaser look and gel my mohawk back. Occasionally I would work out with gel in my hair, and sometimes even wet my hair while there was still gel in it like Triple H would do. I continued to do this until I got it buzzed early last December. When I got it buzzed, the top of my scalp was incredibly sensitive and very noticeable.
    I just got my hair cut about an hour ago, and while my stylist was shampooing, I was experiencing the same sensitivity I did almost a year ago. Despite my stylist saying my hair is pretty thick, along with me getting most of my hair colored jet black (a small part of it is yellow in support of the Steelers), my scalp is still very noticable whereever it parts. The only reason I can think of for my scalp still being this sensitive and noticeable after not using gel for almost a year is that I used so much gel during that time, that it clogged my pores and now I can’t grow hair as well as I could before last Spring.
    My parents think I’m being a hypocondriac, but I think they just don’t want to hear me because they feel genetics are on my side. My mom’s dad had a full head of hair when he died, but then again he died before I was born after some drunk bonehead rammed him and his Harley into the dirt. My dad, uncle, and their dad all having receding/balding hairlines, but as far as I remember my dad and uncle’s hair didn’t start thinning until their mid 30’s, so I SHOULD be safe for about another decade and a half.
    Sadly, that’s not the case. It’s been nearly a year, and my scalp still hurts. I try to treat my body like a temple, and my hair is the top of that temple. Please tell me what to do to unclog my pores and get rid of the pain in my scalp that is almost a year old!
    (P.S. I’ve considered using Rogaine to help thicken out the parting areas, but after seeing athletes using Testosterone Replacement Therapy as a performance enhancer, which in turn took away their bodies’ natural abilities to produce testosterone, I backed off because I didn’t want to lose my body’s natural ability to produce the nutrients that allow hair to grow. What do I do?!)

    1. Hi Nico,
      The most likely cause of the hair loss is a hormone called ‘DHT’, which is a by-product of testosterone (hence men tend to suffer far more significantly from hair loss than women).
      I would advise checking out a few other pages on, such as:

      While hair gel may have an impact on hair growth, DHT and scalp blood circulation are far more important factors. Have a read of those pages and let me know if you need any further advice.
      All the best,

  38. Hi am rohin, am 17 years old and my hair has been falling a lot, i have now a big forehead! i started to put gel or wax since one year and my hair has become very very thin since then! my grandmother is actually in search of a hair oil in india!! would it wor?? 🙁

    1. Hi Rohin,
      It’s unlikely that any hair oil is going to regrow your hair. Unfortunately, no matter how much faith you put in things like hair oils they are highly unlikely to do anything for your hair regrowth. You’re likely to waste more time and money. In order to achieve decent hair regrowth results you need to go to more extreme measures.
      There are several keys to hair regrowth. One is to make sure the scalp is in perfect health. Another key is to feed the hair with a large supply of specific nutrients, via the bloodstream.
      I’ve emailed you further details of how to do this.

  39. Hi i am mohit , i am using hair gel from 9 month .but know i am see some white hair.what can i do to retaining black hair .and can i use hair gel in future . Sir plz reply faster bcz i am in stressed.

    1. Hi Mohit,
      Losing the colour pigmentation in your hair is caused by very similar things as hair loss. I’d recommend reading through some of the key pages on this site and seeing if you can incorporate those things in to your life. The key things are:
      Increase blood flow to the hair
      Increase consumption of key nutrients
      Reduce stress

  40. Hi, I was wondering if hairspray is also bad for you? Also, if you wash the gel/hairspray out each day, will it be normal or will it still be bad for you? Please reply!

    1. Hi Steven,
      Providing you wash the hair spray out of your hair each night there should be no problems. Try to avoid spraying directly on to your scalp. It is only when chemicals are allowed to absorb into the skin day in day out for months or even years that problems might potentially arise.
      All the best,

  41. I have had sebborheic dermatitis of the scalp for over ten years. I once thought the hair relaxers caused my problem. So I went natural and no longer put relaxers in my hair. For a couple years my hair growth was normal but my scalp had constant flakes and itching. Going to the dermatologist did not help because I would still see flakes on my scalp. In sept 2010 i had my hair flat ironed and two months later. I had a baby girl. 4 months after the pregnancy my hair has been falling out more noticeable to me. My once long thick hair is barely getting a ponytail. I have scalp odor, scalp itching, scalp dandruff flaking, hair loss ,and hair dryness. Please your advice would be appreciated. I try natural products and other methods. I just need something that works. My scalp flakes the next day after washing.

    1. Hi Mela,
      I would recommend an apple cider vinegar rinse and ketoconazole shampoo. For more details see here:
      That will help kill the fungus that causes dandruff.
      To promote hair regrowth and reactivate dormant hair follicles, I recommend reading this:
      and this:
      All the best,

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