This post was originally published on August 14, 2015.
Can conditioner cause hair fall? You must have noticed a certain amount of hair in the shower drain every time you wash your hair. But is it your shampoo and conditioner that is causing your hair fall, or is there another factor? If you are wondering whether conditioner can cause hair fall, then keep reading.
how does conditioner work
Before we can know whether conditioner causes hair fall or not, we need to find out how conditioner works.
Each hair strand is covered in overlapping keratin scales. Together these scales are called hair cuticle. When the cuticle is flat, hair feels soft and silky and has a healthy shine. When flakes build up, hair looks dull and is more prone to tangles. Imagine a torn rope. Styling, environmental factors and even shampooing can cause cuticle scales. The conditioner is formulated to coat and smooth the cuticle, leaving hair shiny and manageable. That’s why most hair experts recommend using conditioner after shampooing!
Conditioners may also contain other ingredients that provide additional benefits to the hair. For example, Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner is formulated with Ana:TelTM Complex plus key nutrients biotin, keratin and zinc leave hair looking naturally thicker and fuller.
Why does it seem like conditioner makes hair fall out
Using conditioner can improve the texture of your hair. Unfortunately, some hair myths perpetuate the idea that conditioner causes hair loss. We have heard claims that conditioners clog hair follicles, which leads to hair fall. We’ve also heard a rumor that the emollient ingredients in conditioner can soften hair follicles to the point where they leave the hair shaft, resulting in thinning hair. However, no research suggests that using conditioner causes hair loss.
It is likely that the rumor that conditioner causes hair loss is linked to general hair loss, which is more pronounced after hair washing. But hair loss is actually a normal part of the hair growth cycle. All human hair grows in a cycle with four phases: anagen (growth) phase, catagen (transition) phase, telogen (resting) phase, and exogen (shedding) phase. Thus, it is normal to lose 50 to 100 hairs every day.
While those hairs can fall out any time during the day, we usually see them in the shower drain after washing our hair. This is because washing your hair removes any individual strands of hair. So, while it is understandable that one might assume that conditioner causes hair loss when you see hair falling out in the shower, conditioner itself is not the actual cause of hair loss.
However, if you notice more hair than usual on your pillow, in your brush, or in the shower drain, you may be experiencing hair loss for another reason. In this case talk to your doctor.
Can conditioner have a negative effect on your hair?
In some cases, conditioner can have negative effects on your hair or skin:
contact dermatitis – If you are sensitive to any ingredient in your conditioner, you may experience this allergic reaction. Contact dermatitis is rare, but if you suspect you have it, talk to your doctor.
acne breakouts – If you do not rinse out your conditioner thoroughly, it can lead to breakouts for those with acne prone skin. Be sure to rinse all conditioner out of your hair and wash your body with soap after washing to avoid acne breakouts.
limp hair – Some conditioner formulations can make your hair feel thinner and frizzier, especially if you have thin or thinning hair. Instead, opt for a lightweight conditioner like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner. Viviscal Conditioner moisturizes and smoothes hair without weighing it down.
Overall, though, the benefits of conditioner outweigh the disadvantages. To reiterate, there is no scientific evidence that hair conditioner causes hair loss. Hair conditioner smoothes the cuticle of the hair, making it shiny, smooth and manageable. That’s why it’s an important part of a healthy hair routine!