Can dandruff cause hair loss in men?Dandruff and hair loss often occur simultaneously, so it makes sense that men who suffer from both wonder whether these two conditions are related or whether one causes the other. One of the questions we get asked a lot is does dandruff cause hair loss in men? The link is overlooked and often the information is misleading. The team at Advanced Hair Studio UAE is often required to provide clarity on the matter, so we decided to put together a handy reference for our readers.
Dandruff & hair loss in menFirst off, let’s look at a proper medical definition of dandruff. Dandruff, according to Medi-Lexicon, is “the presence, in varying amounts, of white or grey scales in the hair of the scalp, due to excessive or normal branny exfoliation of the epidermis.” As such, we can surmise that dandruff is a condition associated with the scalp, rather than the hair itself. So while hair loss and dandruff often occur concurrently, dandruff does not cause hair loss.
However, quite interestingly, the way in which many men choose to treat their hair loss actually has the potential to cause dandruff, which is why it is often assumed that the scalp condition contributed to hair thinning.
The casual link between hair loss treatment & dandruffIn the many years we have been treating hair loss in men and women from around the globe, we have had the opportunity to learn a lot about lifestyle choices and how it can contribute to hair loss and unwanted scalp conditions. Here are a few causal links that we have established between hair thinning and dandruff throughout the years:
- To wash or not to wash: When men first notice hair fall they normally do so in the shower, and there is nothing quite as disheartening as watching your prized tresses making their way down the drain. This often leads to what many men assume is a practical solution – stop washing your hair so much. While this notion makes sense at first glance, it is actually not a great idea at all. While a veto on hair washing might safeguard you from actually seeing the amount of hair you lose in one go, it will continue to happen. The one thing it will do, however, is make you more susceptible to dandruff if you already have a genetic propensity to suffer from dry scalp conditions. Individuals who suffer from dandruff should actually wash their hair once a day to ensure that their scalp is cleansed of any sebum or residue that could further irritate and inflame the dermis.
- Hair loss medications can irritate the scalp: Certain prescription hair loss medications contain ingredients like alcohol that can dry out the scalp and eventually lead to flaking. It is recommended that you speak to one of our trained hair loss experts if you suspect that any medication you have previously been prescribed may be impacting on the health of your scalp or skin in general. They may be able to recommend a better course of action.
- Untreated dandruff can lead to manual hair loss: Untreated dandruff leads to an itchy, swollen, uncomfortable scalp which causes many sufferers to scratch incessantly, which could potentially result in hair loss as they unwittingly damage their hair follicles. Dandruff sufferers also tend to wear hats in order to avoid embarrassment. Read our recent article on the causal link between hat and hair loss here. The short of the long is that prolonged and sustained hat wearing has the potential to contribute to hair loss due to a restriction of blood flow and nutrients to the scalp, as well as sweat and sebum build-up associated with exposure to unwashed fabrics.
What to do when your hair fallsSo what can you do about it? At Advanced Hair Studio UAE, we offer a range of hair loss solutions, including the extremely popular Strand-by-Strand Cosmetic® treatment. Successfully performed on more than 1 million patients to date, this option is ideal for individuals who are in the advanced stages of hair loss and is considered to be world’s most sophisticated non-clinical hair replacement procedure.
Two major research and development department departments and three state-of-the-art labs in Australia, UK and America, work continuously to upgrade our technology and product range. As a matter of fact, Strand-by-Strand Cosmetic® has given thousands of people better hair texture and density than that which they were born with. It also provides our patients with the option to style their hair to suit your unique lifestyle and personal preferences.