Can Dandruff Make you go Bald? How to Prevent it?

  • 27 July 2018

Did you lose your hair around the time you noticed a notably hard case of dandruff? Or did you suddenly experience a dandruff problem some time after you began losing your hair? Is there a cause and effect relationship between hair loss and dandruff. Is this a situation where one condition might beget the other? The question ‘Can dandruff be responsible for hair loss?’ seems like a very logical question.

Logical Approach

Following the logical approach, about 60% of the people have dandruff at some time in their lives. Thousands is spent on shampoos to eliminate dandruff and for hair restoration. Though dandruff is eliminated, people may continue to lose their hair. This might suggest that there may not be a real relationship.

Scientific Approach

Seeking professional opinion seems like a reasonable solution for determining whether dandruff can cause hair loss or not. Doctors say that the relationship between dandruff and hair loss is indirect only. The following chain of events are -

  1. People are prescribed medications to reduce hair loss.

  2. Minoxidil contains alcohol which dries the scalp and can result in flaking.

  3. Dry scalps and flaking tend to itch.

  4. Intense itching usually induces vigorous scratching.

  5. Vigorous scratching can separate the hair from one’s head.

Scratching, not dandruff itself, is the principal relationship between hair loss and dandruff.

The causes of dandruff are not well-defined or understood. The condition occurs when the scalp is oily or dry. There are various types of dandruff where the signs are generally the same. Dandruff is about the skin on the scalp. Thinning hair is about a condition in the hair follicles. It is a cosmetic disease which is not life threatening or contagious. However, it does make us all uncomfortable from the itchiness and falling bits which others can see long before I do.

Exception To The Rule

To be precise, there are some medical conditions which result in temporary hair loss. The harshest conditions are psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis causing scaling similar to dandruff. However, if what you believe is dandruff and itching becomes severe and spreads after you have used shampoos and other products, consult a doctor for a closer examination.

Don’t stop washing your hair

Experts say that more than half of the people in the world experience breakage and loss whether they experience dandruff or not. People notice that hair comes out each time they wash the hair. But what is the solution? Stop washing your hair? It turns out that your hair will come out anyway no matter how infrequently you wash. Remember, the condition will only get worse if you avoid washing. Foregoing shampoo will worsen the dandruff condition. Your hair loss solution will not improve the situation so continue washing the hair.


Whether you are losing hair or not, if you have dandruff, get rid of it now. Use the shampoos or other dandruff relief and take away at least one treatable cause for concern. Can dandruff cause hair loss? The answer is that dandruff does not by itself cause hair loss.

If you are losing hair, don’t let it overwhelm you. Stop asking ‘Can dandruff cause hair loss?’ Stop asking ‘Why me?’ You can get rid of dandruff but not necessarily stop the hair loss. If you are losing or have lost too much of the precious hair, there are several hair restoration methods at Advanced Hair Studio to get you out of the problem.

Article by Hair Experts @ AHS

Originally hailing from the length and breath of the country our team of hair experts bring together their strength that lies in consulting for hair and skin/scalp concerns that are faced by a lot of people. This core team involves field experts having passion in the field of aesthetics and creating as well as finding the right answers and clearing doubts about all things "Hair". Combining the interest in the field of aesthetics and general well-being, the team moves forward applying the knowhow gained in the field of trichology as well as hair transplantation contributing successfully in being part of our Team India operations and contributing to the needs of our patrons.

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