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Question #34064 posted on 03/12/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

We had company staying with us for a while. She used Herbal Essence shampoo. I found myself all out of shampoo so I used hers. While rinsing, I began pulling out a lot more hair than normal (usually I don't notice any hair coming out, even though I'm sure it does). I have returned to my normal shampoo and my hair loss problem is no more.

Is it possible for an ingredient in a particular shampoo to actually make your hair fall out in large amounts?

- The Coolest Questioner Ever

A: Hi.

It was probably just the price you paid for your shampoo theft.

Remember: don't use shampoo. Use the real stuff.

-that chick in the camo-
A: Dear friend,

I've actually been doing a lot of research on hair care lately on my own, and there are some things I've been finding about shampoo. I did a little research on Herbal Essences in particular, and this is what I have concluded.

First, many shampoos are actually pretty bad for your hair. The more lather created by the shampoo, the worse it is for your hair. The lather thing as desirable is a stereotype created by the media--really, it's not a good thing. I haven't used H.E. in a long time, but as I remember, it's a pretty lather-y shampoo.

Now, I will tell you the two worst things that can be in a shampoo: sodium laureth sulfate, and ammonium laureth sulfate. These should be avoided at all costs (instead, keep your eyes peeled for cocamidopropyl betaine--it's good for your hair). Herbal Essences uses sodium laureth sulfate in its shampoos. This may have caused the strange hair loss effect for you.

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May your hair be healthy always!

-Lexi Khan