4 Side Effects of Hair Gels That You Should Be Aware Of


Hair gel is a styling product commonly used to hold hair in place and helps you create a desired hairstyle. Common gels are mainly based on the cationic polymers which cause the hair to hold position and stretch for a longer duration.

While hair gel is generally safe for most people, it can have some side effects, particularly if used excessively or if an individual is sensitive to certain ingredients.

Here are some potential side effects of using hair gel:

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1. Weakening of hair:


Hair gels contain corrosive chemicals and alcohol which makes the hair tightly curled, thereby giving rise to the dry, rough and lusterless tresses. The alcohol content in some hair gels also contribute to the weakening of the hair shaft over time, making it more prone to breakage. Damage and discoloration of hair are the common side effects of usage of hair gels. These gels remove the moisture content and nourishment of the hair thus breaking the hair and stripping them, disturbing the hair’s pH balance and making the hair scarce, unhealthy and dull.

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2. Scalp Irritation and Hair Loss:


Hair gels dehydrate the scalp and hair thereby making the hair prone to fall and breakage. The chemical compounds found in the gels clogs the hair follicles and causes the hair fall. Prolonged and excess hair fall leads to baldness and receding hairline. Some people may also experience irritation or dryness on the scalp, especially if they have sensitive skin. This can lead to redness, itching, or flakiness.


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3. Dandruff:


A dehydrated and infected scalp is characterized by itchiness, irritation of the scalp which leads to dandruff. Improper sebum production, clogged hair follicles and skin pores and weakened hair roots aggravates the dandruff problem, inflammation in the scalp or seborrheic dermatitis further leads to the skin diseases like acne.

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4. Acne on the Forehead:


Some hair gels can be challenging to wash out, especially if they contain strong holding agents. This can result in a sticky residue on the hair that may require thorough washing, otherwise hair gel could migrate from the hair onto the forehead and temples, leading to the development of acne or exacerbating existing acne in these areas.

To minimize the risk of side effects, consider the following tips:

  • Choose a quality product: Opt for hair gels that are free from harsh chemicals, alcohol, and excessive fragrances.
  • Use in moderation: Avoid overusing hair gel, and be mindful of the amount applied to prevent buildup.
  • Regularly wash your hair: Ensure proper cleansing to remove any product residue and maintain a healthy scalp and hair.
  • Perform a patch test: If you have sensitive skin, perform a patch test before using a new hair gel to check for any adverse reactions.

If you experience persistent irritation or other adverse effects, it’s advisable to discontinue use and consult a dermatologist for personalized advice.


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