Dandruff is an embarrassing and unsightly hair issue that is due to dry scalp, eczema or perhaps a slight fungal infection. It causes white flakes that will show very heavily on anything that you wear, especially black clothing. There are some treatments available for dandruff, but some cases are quite persistent. For the most part, it is thought of as an annoying problem to deal with, but some studies suggest that dandruff could be to blame for some female and male hair loss too.

Dandruff leads to hair loss - San Ramon, CaliforniaScratching Causes Hair Fall

If you’ve got dandruff, you’ve got an itchy scalp. This causes you to scratch your scalp more frequently than the average person, which gives you what is known as hair fall. These are the hairs that fall out of your scalp as a result of the tousling and scratching that comes with the itch. One study found that as many as 40 percent of women suffer from hair fall caused by these scratching movements. So, dandruff doesn’t necessarily cause hair loss directly, depending on the cause of your flakes, but it does indirectly.


Many cases of hair loss in which dandruff is also present are caused by dermatitis, a general term for disorders like eczema and psoriasis. This disorder is a simple inflammation of the skin that can be caused by a number of things, including stress, the changing of the seasons and immune system malfunction. When it is mild, it’s a mere nuisance, but when it is severe, it can cause uncomfortable lesions and swelling. Most cases of dandruff with hair loss are caused by seborrheic dermatitis in particular.

Watch Your Shampoos

When you notice, you have got a lot of hair loss, you may try to use certain shampoos and other hair products to fight that. However, there is an ingredient in many of these products, minoxidil, which actually causes dandruff, and in turn will cause more scratching and more hair fall. It then turns into a stressful cycle, so make sure to look at the ingredients of your specialized hair loss products.

It’s easy to see that hair loss and dandruff are linked. How they are connected depends on each specific case, which is why there are so many different solutions that work for different people to get back to having healthy hair.

There are so many different causes of hair loss. Whether you are looking for hair loss solutions in Walnut Creek, California or are investigating hair replacement options in Castro Valley, California, if you’re considering trying a hair system and want to learn more, contact us today.