Why I am experiencing hair loss after a colour?

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I went to my hairdresser to get a cut and colour. I said I wanted to go from a chocolate brown to a shade or two lighter because I felt chocolate was too dark for me. My hairdresser interpreted this as a full head of blonde foils, which I hate!

Now I respect my hair, and out of love for it I was willing to wait and grow out these disgusting foils, but about two weeks after the highlights I noticed my hair shedding has increased. I am shedding so much hair that when I wash it or brush it I'm afraid to touch it!

Most of the hair has its root still attached. Am I going to go bald? Is there something I can do to help my poor hair and why could this be happening?

Thank you,

Anon, UK

Hi Anon,

I suggest you grow out the colour from the foils and in the meantime start using a pro-vitamin treatment enriched with protein to improve the condition and strength of your hair. Don't worry too much though because we shed different amounts of hair at different times and it may be that you're going through a period where the hair is renewing itself.

If the hair is breaking off though, in which case it won't be at the root, then this is damage that has possibly happened because of the colour change and in that instance you should go back to your hairdresser for advice. Usually a regime of careful treatments and conditioning is enough to restore any elasticity that has been lost.

Good luck.

Alice Gazagnes, SWH Team Senior Stylist & Colourist, Simon Webster Hair, Brighton

Thank you for your enquiry and I am very sorry to hear about your unfortunate colour experience that you have encountered. After carefully reading your message I would like to offer you advice that will hopefully rectify your problem and make you feel more comfortable and relaxed with your hair.

Due to the nature of the hair loss, I am confident that it isn’t related to the colour as the root is still intact and attached to the hair shaft. I feel that it may benefit you to visit your local GP, as hair loss can be caused by a multitude of different factors including stress, which may have been caused from the whole experience.

What I can offer you to hopefully make you feel confident is to visit myself for a conditioning treatment and blow-dry. Whilst you are here I can discuss the means of rectifying your colour without causing any more damage to your hair. I hope that this advice has helped, and if you have any further worries or would like some more advice, please don’t hesitate to message me at anytime. I’m also in the salon Thursday –Tuesday, so you can come in for a face-to-face consultation.

Kind regards,

Luke Howard, Technician at Joseph Koniak, London

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