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    Exclamation Hair loss after using hair straightener

    I've been using a v8 sassoon straightener for around 6 months now,and I'm not a 100% sure,but I think my hair is falling out a lot more since then.Every time I touch it,a few strands come out.I'm terrified,anyone got any tips/ideas on how to deal with this?
    I use moo goo shampoo and conditioner(can't use anything else because of scalp issues) ,and then wait for my hair to dry naturally/or use a hair dryer.Only then do I use a straightener.Could the heat be damaging my hair?

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    Have you tried any of the heat protectors out there? I have a sensitive scalp but I have never had a problem with any of them.

    Also straighteners are seriously damaging to your hair yes....even the lovely GHD's.

    If you go over the same bit of hair more than once (which is what we all do) whilst it is still hot from the first time, it damages your hair.

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    I think it's VERY unlikely to be the hair straightener causing hair loss. Imagine - even if you were to BURN the ends of your hair every day for a year, this wouldn't make it fall out at the roots.

    There are many things that can cause generalised increased hair loss incl iron deficiency, thyroid problems, and stress. Usually it becomes apparent 4-6 months after a major stressor (birth is a common one). Google "telogen effluvium" perhaps, and if it's really bothering you and you can't figure out what might have caused it, I'd suggest a trip to your GP.

    Good luck!

    P.S. What are your "scalp issues"? Dandruff itself or psoriasis of the scalp (sometimes looks like very bad/heavy dandruff) can cause hair loss too.

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    What type of plates are in the hair straightener? if they are titanium (which I am pretty sure most vs sassoon are) then they could be pulling and damaging your hair, which will weaken and cause it to fall out. I would get a better quality straightner, something that has ceramic plates (GHD or some Remingtons if you cant afford GHD) And get a quality heat protecting serum, but it does sound like you have a dodgey straightener, especially since the hair only falls out after use and titanium plates are known to pull hair out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmyB View Post
    I think it's VERY unlikely to be the hair straightener causing hair loss. Imagine - even if you were to BURN the ends of your hair every day for a year, this wouldn't make it fall out at the roots.

    Good luck!

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    I think it would....you split the hair at the end, that split runs all the way up the shaft of the hair to the root making it weaker and then it falls out/breaks off.

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    My hair straightener has ceramic plates.Anyway,I got a tresemme hair protecting spray which says that it should be sprayed liberally a few cms from the hair before straightening.I did that,but I took a really long time to straighten,as the hair looked quite wet and curly,because of spraying.I just don't understand how this works?!?

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    When I was using a cheap straightener I definitely started to lose some hair, especially at my fringe where it's pretty fine anyway. But I love straightening so I still do it. The way I've tried to get around it is getting a better straightener (I have a Cloud 9 which I love), using heat defense sprays or serums, and not straightening every day. It is better now. Oh the things we do in the name of vanity!

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    Quote Originally Posted by loveshack View Post
    I got a tresemme hair protecting spray which says that it should be sprayed liberally a few cms from the hair before straightening.I did that,but I took a really long time to straighten,as the hair looked quite wet and curly,because of spraying.I just don't understand how this works?!?
    Can someone help with this please?Am I spraying too much of the spray?

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    Is it snapping or coming out at the root?
    If it's snapping then it's heat damage and you need to maybe limit your use, use a really good treatment and use some type of heat protection product before you straighten.
    Have you thought having your hair straightened at the salon with one of the Keratin treatments?
    Last edited by zombiekitty; 05-02-2012 at 12:07.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loveshack View Post
    My hair straightener has ceramic plates.Anyway,I got a tresemme hair protecting spray which says that it should be sprayed liberally a few cms from the hair before straightening.I did that,but I took a really long time to straighten,as the hair looked quite wet and curly,because of spraying.I just don't understand how this works?!?
    I think you're using too much if the hair gets so wet.. Just a few sprays on each side of head and the back is all I do.. Not wet just maybe slightly damp.. Also dont do it every day.. Some days just wear it up so u dont have to use heat if u can


 

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