Book a FREE consultation  
For a free consultation or assistance, please call 020 7730 6666

Browse by Category

Is it possible to have an allergy to shampoos or conditioners?

worried womanName: Indi

Question: Is it possible to have an allergy to shampoos or conditioners? I find that if I don’t constantly switch products (every 3 or 4 washes) the condition of my hair deteriorates, getting thin and fragile and falling out, and I get very itchy or sore rashes on my scalp in the patches where the hair is coming out. This happens even with very natural products such as tea tree oil shampoos. There is a possibility that it’s something else, but I have a very healthy diet and I don’t believe that it is stress related. Moreover I am only 18 and no women in my family have the same problem so I don’t think it is genetic.

Answer: Shampoos or conditioners do not cause hair loss. However, some products do affect the quality and the texture of your hair shaft resulting in thin and fragile hair. The sore rashes on your scalp are possible symptoms of dermatitis of the scalp. This condition can make your scalp irritable and sensitive to the majority of hair products, including the ones that are supposed to help. I suggest that you see a specialist to have your hair and your scalp examined and your condition diagnosed. This is your first step in finding the appropriate product to help your scalp and then to help stabilise your shedding. Regarding genetic hair loss, it is not always the case that a family member exhibits the same condition. You could be the first to express the trait and therefore be experiencing female pattern hair loss. This type of hair loss needs treatment to prevent it from becoming more pronounced, and a hair loss treatment plan that contains minoxidil is usually the best way to address this.


Do you have a question that you would like our senior hair loss specialist Leonora Doclis to answer? You can submit it here via our HairLossANSWERS form and we’ll get back to you

Share this article

No Comments

No comments yet.

Comment on this article

* required field

Will not be published

Online Consultation

Submit an instant online consultation so that one of Belgravia’s hair loss specialists can diagnose your condition and recommend an effective course of treatment, wherever you live.

02 Dec

Success Story Alert! New Male Hair Loss Treatment Entry

A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery. Mr D, pictured, has noticed positive improvement to his thinning hair since he began treatment 4 months ago. Find out what he had to say and see his regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating Male Pattern Baldness by […]

Read full article »
02 Dec

Consumer Show Finds Caffeine Shampoo Unlikely to Help Hair Loss

Channel 4’s consumer programme Supershoppers has weighed in to the long-running debate over whether or not caffeine-based shampoos can help hair loss. The show’s investigators reported on their 21st November 2016 show how the well-known brand Alpecin appeared to be doing brisk trade with shampoos that were said to reduce hair loss. The snippet was […]

Read full article »
01 Dec

Hair Loss Consultation Comments: “very sensitive to my initial anxieties and concerns”

“I was happy with the examination carried out by Mohammed. Farzana Maudhoo, Treatment Advisor, was very friendly and was very prompt in answering clearly to all my questions, a big thank you to her!  I was very happy with the reception area and my waiting time was not long at all and the centre was […]

Read full article »