Dandruff is a common hair woe. Some suffer from it in the form of a dry, flaky scalp, which is quite manageable. Others struggle with the advanced version called seborrheic dermatitis, a skin condition that causes itchy rashes and scaly scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis, and other forms of dandruff-like Malassezia and contact dermatitis, often need clinical intervention and medication to help treat and manage. But, regardless of the type of dandruff, you are suffering from, can it lead to hair loss? The simple answer is, yes. While dandruff does not directly cause hair loss, the damage done to cuticles while itching, picking or irritation can lead to it. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with dandruff-induced hair loss, and here are some of the most effective ones…
- 01. Use a dandruff shampoo
- 02. Keep your mane hydrated
- 03. Identify and eliminate products that cause irritation
- 04. Supplement your diet with Omega-3 fatty acids
01. Use a dandruff shampoo
If you have a mild case of dandruff, try switching to a medicated shampoo for a few weeks. Some of the ingredients to look out for are zinc pyrithione, salicylic acid, ketoconazole, and selenium sulfide. These ingredients work towards killing the bacteria that is causing dandruff and keep your scalp clean.
02. Keep your mane hydrated
If your dandruff is being caused by dry skin, a medicated shampoo might further sensitise your scalp. It is essential to keep your scalp hydrated to avoid flaking and itchiness. Keep your scalp hydrated by following proper scalp hygiene and oiling a couple of times a week. You can also cleanse with a product formulated to fight dandruff without stripping the natural oils and moisture from your scalp.
03. Identify and eliminate products that cause irritation
Products that are too irritating for your scalp can lead to contact dermatitis of the scalp. Red, flaky scalps will undoubtedly lead to hair loss, which is why you should try to identify, and stay away from products that contain irritating ingredients like parabens and sulphates. Certain shampoos, hair dyes, fragrances and bleach can all overly sensitise your scalp and lead to cuticle damage and hair loss — so avoid.
04. Supplement your diet with Omega-3 fatty acids
There are more ways to maintain your scalp than just hydrating it. You also need to nourish it from within. An omega-3 rich diet moisturises your scalp from the inside, building its immunity from factors like dandruff-causing bacteria and fungus. It also nourishes and strengthens hair cuticles against damage. These fatty acids can also help boost hair growth, which makes it a win-win situation!
Pro tip: Some advanced cases of dandruff can lead to hair loss in people suffering from male/female pattern baldness. If you find both your dandruff and the hair loss associated with it difficult to manage, we suggest you visit a dermatologist. If left untreated, these cases can lead to long term cuticle damage and permanent loss of hair.