Question:Can selenium sulphide make your hair thin if it is in dandruff shampoo? I use the Selsun Blue – is the ingredient bad? Please help.
Answer: There’s been a lot of speculation about the potency of everyday regular shampoos and their effect on hair loss. Most notably sodium lauryl sulphate, or SLS, which is one of the top ingredients in almost every shampoo, has had a bad rap.
Selenium sulphide on the other hand, has not been known to cause hair thinning and I’m sure Selsun Blue would have been taken off the market a long time ago if it was found to cause thinning hair.
Likewise, the truth about SLS is that it in no way triggers hair loss or affects the rate at which your hair falls. It can irritate the scalp in people who have a skin condition such as dermatitis, but under normal circumstances, SLS is a perfectly safe ingredient which is used in almost all shampoos.
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