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Does Hairspray Cause Hair Loss? How To Style Your Hair Gently

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If you want your hairstyle to hold out through a long night, or tropical-storm winds, hairspray is a secure style mainstay.

But, some people are wondering if hair spray causes hair loss or may have damaging effects on your hair.

While you don’t exactly need to put down the hair spray, there may be ways that you can use hairspray in a healthier manner that is less damaging to your hair.

Below, we will cover if hairspray can cause hair loss, the potential negative effects that can occur with use, other factors that may be having a negative effect on your hair, and how to use hairspray in a way that is more gentle to your strands and scalp.

Does hairspray cause hair loss?

Unless you are fully dousing your scalp in obscene amounts of hairspray and letting it stew for days, it is unlikely that hairspray alone can cause hair loss.

However, there may be ways that you can use hair spray and the styling techniques that normally come along with it to help reduce any unwanted negative hair effects.

What are the potential negative effects of hairspray use?

One of the possible negative effects of hairspray use is over drying your strands and scalp. Some hairsprays have very drying ingredients like ethanol, that can sap moisture from the hair. If this happens, your hair may start feeling dry, crunchy, and brittle. Potentially, if left unmoisturized, brittle hair may break off more readily, making you notice hair loss from increased breakage. For your scalp, you may feel itchiness, dryness, and experiencing flakiness.

Also, it is possible that some people have an allergic reaction to certain hairsprays, called contact dermatitis. This may cause redness, irritation, and swelling. If you have a reaction to a hair product, you should stop using that specific product. If you still want to use hairspray, you may be able to find another hairspray product that does not cause this reaction for you.

What other factors might be at play when noticing hair loss?

Even if some people are pointing fingers at the hairspray when they are noticing hair loss or breakage, the hairspray may not always be the culprit.

Other possible causes of hair loss or breakage during styling may include:

  • Brushing your hair too roughly after using hair spray - Hair spray can really hold the hair in place, and to other strands. If you go straight in with rough brushing after using hair spray, you may be accidentally pulling hairs from the scalp prematurely or breaking hairs mid-shaft. Try wishing the hairspray out first before going in with a brush.
  • Excessive use of heat styling - It is possible that you are experiencing breakage not from the spritz of hairspray at the end of styling, but from the excessive use of heat tools beforehand. Hairdryers, curling irons, and flat irons can all sap moisture from your hair and cause increased brittleness which can lead to breakage. Try to minimize heat styling if you can, and always prep your hair with a spray-in heat protectant first.
  • Not washing out hair products - If your hair and scalp are 4 layers deep in hairspray, and you haven’t given it a good wash in days, you may be experiencing reduced scalp health due to product build-up. Try to wash your hair products out regularly, and be aware of how long styling items like hairspray are hanging out on your strands and scalp. 
  • Genetic hair loss - It is possible that you are seeing increased hair loss, but that doesn’t mean your styling products are at fault. The most common form of hair loss is hereditary hair loss called androgenetic alopecia. This is also known as male pattern and female pattern hair loss and can lead to increased shedding.

How to use hairspray with your hair health in mind

If you are noticing increased hair shedding, it is unlikely that your hair spray is to blame. But, there are situations where hair spray use can increase the dryness of your hair, making it more prone to breakage.

These are a few tips on how to continue using your hair spray with less risk of hair dryness or scalp irritation:

  • Stop using a specific product if you experience redness, rashes, or irritation.
  • Do not comb through your hair roughly after using hairspray, wash your hair first, then brush it.
  • Try to choose a hairspray without drying ingredients like ethanol.
  • Wash out your hairspray within a reasonable amount of time to prevent build-up. Washing your hair within a day or so after applying should be ok.
  • Reduce the use of other drying styling techniques like using a blow dryer, curling iron, or straightening your hair.

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