Women need to use curling irons and blow dryers to change their look, but men can enjoy styling with just a dollop of hair gel! You can try a variety of styles, from a rakishly disheveled look to a sleek and ‘finished’ look within minutes.
There’s no denying that hair gel can work wonders but does this come at a cost? Can using hair gel make you go bald?
Can Hair Gels Cause Hair Loss
Contrary to popular belief, hair gel does not block hair follicles and prevent hair from growing-that’s just a myth! However, most hair gels in the market today contain alcohol, which will dry your scalp and increase the risk of dandruff with regular use.
This also makes you vulnerable to balding or hair loss, as studies proves that dandruff, especially chronic dandruff is linked to diffuse alopecia, which is the term used to describe overall hair thinning.
Hair gel generally contains 15-30 ingredients, although some can contain over 50 chemicals! While not all of these ingredients are harmful, some of the chemicals in hair gel can irritate your scalp and cause hair loss, especially if you use them more than thrice a week.
What Ingredients To Look For & Avoid In Hair Gels
When choosing a hair gel, keep an eye out for the 3 most damaging ingredients in hair gels:
Commonly, referred to as rubbing alcohol, this causes rapid drying and can make hair extremely brittle.
Propylene glycol gives your hair a glossy shinny appearance, but it has also been reported to cause scalp irritation.
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
This chemical strips moisture from the hair shaft itself, causing dryness and thinning of hair.
Hair gels that contain natural oils such as coconut, almond or jojoba would be better options, as they would be gentle on your hair. Most of the harmful effects of hair gels are due to overuse, so only gel your hair if you have a hot date and need to make an impression!