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Is your shampoo causing hair loss?  

Hair loss

Is your shampoo causing hair loss?  It is unlikely that your hair loss is caused solely from the chemicals in your shampoo, but these chemicals can play a role in hair loss.  

So what causes hair loss?  For women, hair loss, hair thinning or hair shedding is usually caused by a combination of factors including hormonal imbalance, thyroid disorders, nutrient deficiencies and/or peri-menopause.   Pregnancy is also a time many women experience hair loss.   

  

What role does your shampoo play in hair loss?

The chemicals in your shampoo may be a contributing factor in any hormonal imbalance and they may also be damaging your hair follicles which prevents the healthy regrowth of your hair.

A group of chemicals known as “endocrine-disrupting chemicals” (EDCs) are substances that can interfere with your endocrine system, which is responsible for producing and regulating hormones in the body.

Some of the chemicals found in shampoos that have been associated with hormone disruption include:

  • Parabens: These are commonly used as preservatives in personal care products, including shampoos. Parabens can mimic estrogen in the body and have been detected in human tissues, raising concerns about their potential hormone-disrupting effects.
  • Phthalates: These chemicals are often used to make fragrances last longer in shampoos and other cosmetic products. Phthalates have been linked to hormonal disturbances, and some studies have shown associations between phthalate exposure and adverse effects on reproductive health.
  • Triclosan: This antimicrobial agent is sometimes used in shampoos. It has been associated with hormone disruption in animal studies, but its effects on humans are still a subject of ongoing research.
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES): These are common surfactants used to create lather in shampoos. Studies suggest that these chemicals could potentially increase the absorption of other harmful substances, leading to broader health concerns.

If you are struggling with hair loss I always recommend looking deeper at the underlying cause, but changing your shampoo and other personal care products to products that don’t contain these harmful chemicals will have a number of benefits for you, your hair and the environment.

If you are experiencing hair loss and would like to address the underlying cause make an appointment for with Jean Jarrett to discuss your health and wellbeing goals and address the underlying cause of your health concerns.