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Hair Relaxing Product Caused Hair Loss

I am in a hair fashion emergency. I dyed my hair back to its original black color about a week ago. I relaxed my hair today. I was washing it out and all my hair started falling out in clumps, I freaked out and had a panic attack. Now my hair is very thin and looks and feels weak.


I have a weave sewn into my hair and now the hair that is suppose to cover the track is gone or the hair is very short like it was cut or chopped off. I need to know if there is something that I can use to cover up the area where the tracks are showing and make the hair look longer, fuller or thicker until the hair starts to grow back.

Is there a hair mousse that I can use or spray? Or maybe clip ons? I don't want to spend a lot of money just to fix one spot or area of my hair. Where can I go to find a clip on piece for no more than $20-30? Also I need the mousse or spray to have a coloring effect as well because now the hair that was dyed had changed color to like maybe a cooper or a brownish color. I am traveling this week to a very important event and I cant have my hair look like this. Can somebody help me please?


By crlyn30 from Brooklyn, NY

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May 26, 20090 found this helpful

Call a few dollar stores and ask if they sell clip-on hair pieces. Also call a beauty supply store and talk to the employee who is a licensed cosmetologist. They will be able to help you.

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May 26, 20090 found this helpful

I don't know how much clip on hair pieces cost, but I've seen them in Ulta and I think Sally's Beauty Supply.

Gosh, I'm so sorry this happened to you! I hope that someone who knows more about this sort of thing can offer some good advice. Can you go without processing your hair for a while to give it a break? I hope there is some sort of super-duper conditioning or repair treatment to help! Best of luck

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May 28, 20090 found this helpful

ohhh.. :( My daughter did this about 5 yrs ago against my better judgment. She is still paying the price. The best thing to do is get to a salon, or your regular hairdresser. My daughter has to go at least every 3 months and does not buy over the counter hair products any more.

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May 30, 20090 found this helpful

Ohhh sorry this happened! I was a licensed cosmetologist for quite some time, and I dealt with all sorts of these emergencies. First you must rid yourself of the idea that this is a hair FASHION emergency, it is far more than that. It is a hair health emergency, and how you deal with it now will have a lot to do with how your hair fares in the future.


First, I hate to break the news, but in order to get your hair back on the right track, you really need to avoid the weave, extra additives, and color at least for now. I know you are not going to like this but your safest bet right now would be to go natural for at least 6 months, and have the damaged hair cut off. The reason is, your hair and scalp were traumatized. The current damage will travel up the hair shaft if you do not remove it, and weaves, braids, styling aids and chemicals will only cause more stress on your scalp.

I would recommend finding a stylist who is good with chemical free styling as well as other types of styling, and give your hair and scalp a rest for at least 6 months before you even contemplate anything else. At that point I would definitely consult with a professional before any chemicals are applied. For future reference, there are colors which can be used the same day as a relaxer. They are not permanent but they are also not damaging. Consult a professional about these things as well before you try any. Although you may not like my recommendations now, you will be amazed how much progress you will make in 6 months time, and you may like the low maintenance of a natural style better over time anyway.

There is no rule that says your hair has to be straight or black to be pretty, so keep that in mind as you plan your future haircare regimens. While your hair and scalp are recuperating pick up a few natural hairstyle magazines from the grocery store and see all the cute styles available now. Good luck, and please take my suggestions to heart, because the future health of your hair and scalp may depend on it.

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May 30, 20090 found this helpful

I am so sorry this happened, it is absolutely traumatic. Everyone has great suggestions. Mine is vitamins and minerals to help nourish from inside out. Make sure you go to a very well informed vitamin & mineral store. Not WalMart.

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May 30, 20090 found this helpful

I do not have any ideas as to do with your hair at the moment but,as your hair grows in have your Doctor give you a prescription or buy over the counter ( unsure of price) Folic Acid.I use this because of certain presciptions I am on causes me to lose my hair.This has helped my hair alot.It is thicker and should help you also.I wish I could help you more!!

Good Luck and give it a try. Darlene

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June 7, 20090 found this helpful

I had this happen to me also one time when I was perming my hair. It started falling out. I guess it was too strong or something. I stopped using chemicals on my hair for a long time. I don't really color my hair anymore or highlight it like I used to. Just more content with the way I am as I got older, but I remember those days well.

It will grow out! I had a time when I had a bad leg, and for some reason the meds made me sleep all the time, long story short, I ended up with a head sized tangle that wouldn't come out. I had it all cut by my husband and then I went to the salon to have it shaped.

Believe me your hair will grow back. I would say wear a light cap that lets air in and go natural for a while. God Bless You, Robyn

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