It's Time to Rediscover Confidence

Does Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?

Dandruff Cause Hair Loss

Dandruff is almost never the sole cause of hair loss. However, to be clear, if you are genetically predisposed to going bald or have a condition such as androgenic alopecia, the presence of dandruff can catalyze the hair loss process. Most people with dandruff experience a flaky, itchy scalp. Dry scalp causes most people to scratch their head which in turn can harm the hair follicles. Though scratching your head will certainly not be the sole cause of hair loss, damaging your follicles will not promote healthy hair growth.

What is Dandruff?

Dandruff is a common condition of the skin on the scalp which causes it to dry out and flake off into the surrounding hair. The exact cause of dandruff can often be traced back to various factors including:

  • Dry skin – Overwashing your hair, rinsing your scalp with hot water, and not drinking enough water can cause dry scalp.
  • Malassezia – This is a type of fungus that grows on scalps naturally. Dandruff can occur if your skin becomes irritated by the presence of Malassezia.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis – Those with Seborrheic dermatitis often notice a red, oily, scaly rash. Dandruff caused by Seborrheic dermatitis tends to have red or yellow flakes.
  • Contact dermatitis – Certain products like shampoos, conditioners, and dyes that irritate your scalp can cause contact dermatitis.

Your doctor or dermatologist can help you pinpoint exactly what is causing your dandruff so that you can take meaningful steps to effectively treat it.

General Dandruff Treatment

To get a more individualized treatment plan, you should have a doctor examine your scalp. However, the following strategies can be helpful in treating dandruff:

  • Hydrate – Drink more water. When in doubt, always drink more water.
  • Rinse with cold water – While hot showers can be great, exposing the skin on your scalp to excessive heat will irritate the skin and dry it out.
  • Find a dandruff shampoo – Cleansers containing pyrithione zinc, Ketoconazole, selenium sulfide, and salicylic acid are all meant to treat dandruff.
  • Condition – Those with especially oily hair may be wary of using conditioner, but your scalp needs moisture after you use shampoo. Skipping regular conditioning can exacerbate dry scalp. Take the extra step and condition.

While dandruff is not the sole cause of hair loss, it can compromise the health of your scalp. The healthier your scalp is, the better it is able to support hair growth. This being said, some people are genetically predisposed to hair loss.

There are plenty of steps that you can take to reverse the appearance of hair loss. The team at Hairline Ink offers scalp micropigmentation services to fill in thinning spots, restore a receding hairline, or create a totally new look. We offer Scalp Micropigmentation in over 50 US cities. Call or text us today at 833-HAIR-INK (833-424-7465) to schedule an appointment, learn about our pricing, or get a free quote!

Written by The Hairline Ink Team
Written by The Hairline Ink Team

Our team of experts is committed to delivering accurate, up-to-date, and unbiased information through our blog and informational service pages. We understand that empowering our clients with knowledge is essential for making informed decisions about their scalp micropigmentation (SMP) journey. By conducting extensive research and maintaining open lines of communication with industry leaders, we ensure that our content is both reliable and informative, giving you the confidence to take the first step towards transformation.

Contact Us
Let us craft your
custom hair needs
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hair loss is complex. Solving it doesn't have to be. Learn more today.

Real Stories from Real Clients

Discover the life-changing effects of scalp micropigmentation on our clients.

The Hair Loss Book

Hairline Ink is proud to
offer this helpful eBook.

Get Our FREE eBook

Hairline Ink Reviews


At Hairline Ink, we do our best to make sure that every client has an experience worth sharing. Just read what some of our clients are saying about their own results. A leap of faith is all it takes, and it starts with a simple phone call with one of our amazing  Client Care Managers.

Ready to change your life?

Contact us today to learn more, get a FREE Quote, or schedule YOUR Consultation!

Call Now Button