Hair loss from hair treatment (photo)

Some background: I’ve gotten perms 1-2 times a year for the last 9 years to try to increase volume for my thin hair. I got a root perm done in November but my scalp felt like it was burning so I decided to stop them altogether.

Now I noticed my scalp has been pink (thought it was a sunburn at first but it’s been 3 weeks and no flaking or changes) and I have this bald spot around my hair part. The hair around it is so thin and sparse if you look close. I changed my hair part to cover it up but I’m worried the hair loss is irreversible. I’ve been noticing also that I lose a lot of hair in the shower.

I ordered a silk pillowcase after a friend recommended it, and I currently use sulfate and paraben free moisturizing shampoo from Costco, OGX biotin & collagen conditioner and Aveda invati advanced scalp revitalizer spray but I’m not sure if it’s helping.

I thought initially it was from stress but this is way worse than anything I’ve experienced before. Any input or recommendations would be appreciated. I’m wondering if I should go to a dermatologist or change any of my hair products.

Hair treatments used to color hair can cause chemical burns to the scalp and kill off hair. If that happened to you, it will not get better. The best treatment for a permanent loss like is shown here: Permanent burns can happen with a variety of hair treatments, using any bleaching agent in particular.

Get a virtual consultation with Dr. William Rassman and Dr. Jae Pak for hair loss options. You can learn more by scheduling an appointment.

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