Types of Shampoos that Can Cause Hair Loss


Blog, Hair loss | Dr Dhanraj Chavan | July 15, 2023

Types of Shampoos that Can Cause Hair Loss

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How to Choose a Shampoo that is Right for You?

Common Harmful Ingredients in Your Shampoo

Hair loss is an extremely common issue in males and females these days. We lose an average of 75 to 100 hairs daily as a part of normal hair shedding. Our hair is constantly being regenerated in a cycle of growth, rest, and, eventually, fall out. You may have noticed that most shedding happens when brushing your hair or combing after washing your hair. This is because when hair releases from the scalp, it is usually held in place by other hairs as well as any styling product in the hair, almost like Velcro.

Shampooing your hair daily helps hair that has been shed to be released so that new hair can replace them. Individuals who shampoo only once or twice a week may see a more alarming amount of hair shed when they wash their hair. While shampoo can cause hair loss if done daily, what may seem like an extreme amount of shedding, falls into a healthy range of around 80 to 100 hairs shed daily.

Cleansing our hair and scalp regularly is extremely important to remove dirt, oils, and product build-up. It also helps create a healthy environment for hair to continue to grow. There are so many different shampoos available to choose from that it’s hard to know which one to use. Not all shampoos are created equal. It all boils down to choosing a shampoo suited for daily use, as well as your hair and scalps’ individual needs.

How to Choose a Shampoo that is Right for You?

How to Choose a Shampoo that is Right for You?

A common reason given for not shampooing daily is that it makes the hair too dry. Dryness occurring in the hair is oftentimes a sign that the shampoo being used contains harsh products like formaldehyde and alcohol that are too harsh for the scalp and hair and often lead to hair loss. Continuing to use strong chemicals in shampoo that can strip the scalp and hair of its natural oils can create a drying effect on hair and scalp, eventually leading to hair fall.

Alternatively, shampoos that contain very little to no cleansing ingredients do not effectively cleanse the scalp and hair of oils, dirt, and product buildup. Over time, not properly cleansing oil from the scalp and hair can cause excessive hair shedding, hair loss and dandruff. A balanced level of oil on the scalp is necessary to help lock in moisture, add shine and protect against the build-up of bacteria.

Avoid shampoos that contain caffeine and other herbs. They are available easily in the marketplace these days, but they lack clear scientific backing. Caffeine causes vasoconstriction and limits blood flow. For increased hair growth, increased blood flow to the root of the hair to deliver oxygen and nutrients is required.

Common Harmful Ingredients in Your Shampoo

Common Harmful Ingredients in Your Shampoo

Even after reading the labels on the back of the bottle or jar religiously, most of us will give up trying to understand all the scientific terms by the second line. We then allow other factors like the scent, colour, brand, and reviews to guide us in making our purchase decision.  Below is a list of the most common harmful shampoo ingredients that you should pay attention to.

Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

Sulfates are one of the most common chemicals in shampoos. These cleaning agents are harsh, and they can damage the hair, make it brittle and increase frizz. They can also result in allergic reactions in people who have sensitive skin.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

One of the most harmful chemicals in shampoos, SLS, can have mutagenic properties and other toxic effects on the human body. The sulfate creates a lathering foam some people love, but it can compromise follicles when left on the scalp, and it has other toxic effects on the human body. Anyone with colour-treated hair or dry hair should avoid SLS, as it can fade colour and strip your hair strands of natural oils.


Parabens are used as a preservative to prevent bacteria from growing in cosmetics and shampoos, and our skin can likely absorb them during topical use. Parabens can cause scalp irritation, drying of hair, flakes and even hair loss.

Parabens in shampoo

Sodium Chloride

Sodium chloride is simply salt. It plays the role of maintaining the thicker consistency of shampoos and conditioners. If you have a sensitive scalp, salt can probably make it more dry and itchy, which can eventually be a cause of hair loss.

It is of equal, if not of greater importance, to take care of your scalp and hair by shampooing with the proper product. Shampoos suited for regular use generally have a mild cleanser designed to effectively cleanse the hair and scalp while maintaining a balance of oil and hydration to create a healthy environment for hair to prosper.

Don’t let bad hair days get you down. Visit HairMD for expert advice on the best types of shampoos to use for healthy and strong hair. Say goodbye to hair loss and hello to gorgeous locks. Book your appointment now!

Are you looking for hair fall solution? Get in touch with the best of our hair doctors in Pune to cure your hair loss. To book an appointment for a hair treatment or hair transplantation, contact our dermatologists near you, call +919584584111.

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