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Why Have My Haircare Products Stopped Working Their Magic?

It’s normal for the body to build a tolerance to specific things over time through frequent exposure. These include medications, alcohol and caffeine, rendering them less effective unless you increase the dosage or usage. That’s why it’s not a huge leap to think that your hair can also develop tolerance to haircare products, particularly when their effectiveness seems to drop almost overnight.

Perhaps you found the Holy Grail shampoo and conditioner that gave you shiny, healthy-looking locks. It worked incredibly well at the start, then became increasingly less effective, leaving your hair dry, flat and dull. So, does that prove that your hair can develop tolerance to your styling and haircare products?

Maybe it’s not that simple. Keep reading to find out the real reasons why your hair products suddenly stop working and how to ensure you get the best out of them all the time.

Four Reasons Why Your Haircare Products Stop Working (And How To Fix Them)

If your shampoo and conditioner no longer deliver the results you want, it’s maybe because something has changed. Some internal or external factors could have triggered a shift in the condition and needs of your hair. Let’s take a closer look at the likely culprits.

Changes In Weather

It’s well-known that those hot and humid days can affect your hair texture and cause frizz and flyaways. What many people don’t realise, however, is that the cold weather can be just as damaging. Cool, dry air can make your hair dehydrated as it cannot hold enough moisture, leaving the strands dry and more brittle. It should not come as a complete surprise, therefore, if you find yourself combating breakage during winter.

How to fix it: Switch up your routine. Your hair needs different levels of protection and care for different seasons, so establish a hair routine based on the weather conditions. For instance, focus on ultraviolet (UV) protection and hydration during summer to shield your hair and scalp against the sun’s UV rays. Then, when it gets colder, use a deep conditioning treatment and focus on hair moisturisation.

Changes In Your Hairstyle

Often, changes in your hairstyle and length may also require different types of formula to meet the needs of your strands. For example, chemical-based procedures such as perming, relaxing, highlighting and colouring, can affect your hair’s fundamental structures. Sticking to your existing routine may do more harm than good, causing your strands to feel dull, weak and lifeless.

How to fix it: If you have had any of these procedures, you might have to include a deep conditioning treatment in your routine. You should also consider adding natural oils for extra moisture and shine. Of course, it’s a good idea to pick a shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for chemically processed hair. That way, your strands can stay healthy and smooth all year round.

Product Buildup

If your trusted haircare formula no longer works effectively on your hair, poor cleansing and product buildup could be the primary culprits. Too much of a good thing can be harmful, so the saying goes. This is particularly true of haircare products, especially those that give weight to your curls. Over time, products can build up on your scalp, causing your hair to feel heavy, greasy and sticky.

How to fix it: Use a clarifying shampoo once or twice a month to eliminate excess oils, dirt and product buildup from your scalp and strands. Formulas that contain waxes, silicones and oils are more likely to cause buildup, so make sure you wash your hair regularly.

Changes In Your Body

Perhaps you wash your hair regularly, but your hair products have become unreliable and ineffective, nonetheless. Perhaps, there have been no changes to the weather conditions or your hairstyle. If that’s the case, then you should look at your general health and wellbeing. Age and hormones are common factors affecting your hair growth, quality and texture.

How to fix it: It makes no sense to switch to other haircare products if there’s been no change in the external factors we’ve looked at. In some cases, it has nothing to do with the products you’re using but everything to do with your age, hormones and health.


If you suddenly notice a change in the effectiveness of a trusted haircare product that you’ve been using for years, you need to look at the changes in your environment, styling methods, and health to determine the solution to the problem.

If you’re experiencing a receding hairline or hair loss, Vinci Hair Clinic can help. We provide all our new clients with a free, no-obligation consultation. Get in touch and book your appointment today!