Hair gel is one of the most essential styling products for men. But an expert warns against excessive use of it.
Many men still rely on hair gel when it comes to styling. It defines their hair without making it stick, is uncomplicated to use, and usually lasts all day. But the styling product does not only have advantages; on the contrary: it can even cause great harm.
Drying out the hair can lead to hair loss.
Kevin Moore is a trichologist at regrowz.com and warns of the side effects that can occur with regular use of hair gel. It can cause hair to dry out, as both sebum production and moisture levels in the hair decrease. “This leads to hair loss, which is mainly due to the scalp’s reaction to external pollutants,” the expert tells The Sun.
This is due to the chemical diethyl phthalate (DEP) contained in hair gel. It ensures that the gel does not stick and that the hair still looks natural after styling. However, DEP can cause scalp inflammation, which triggers dandruff, and “it can also cause discoloration and hair damage from split ends and thinning hair,” Moore knows.
This is the expert’s tip.
Those who now prefer to switch to hairspray, unfortunately, are not better off with it. They contain solvents, polymers and even some propellants. When used in excess, this can cause respiratory problems, skin rashes, itching, reddened eyes and allergic sneezing.
Kevin Moore’s tip: “It would be best to limit the use of chemical gels, sprays and other products so they don’t damage hair.”
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