Can You Dye Your Hair If You Have Dandruff?

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Dying hair may interact with your scalp’s skin, especially when you’re suffering from dandruff. It’s wise to keep the hair-styling products at bay until those tiny and sprinkling white flakes wear off completely.

Is it okay to dye your hair with dandruff?

Simply, the answer goes as follows:

  • Avoid dying your hair if your dandruff is causing you irritation and itchiness.
  • Consider the complexity of your dandruff before dying, so you can keep your hair clean from any further chemical invasion.
  • Chemicals found in drugstores or manufactured dyes develop a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, leading to flakes and dandruff.
  • Conversely, you can apply herbal hair dyes (ex: henna dye) since they color your hair nicely with minimum side effects on dandruff in your hair. 

Still, you better fix the dandruff condition before opting for dying your hair. There’re some other ways as well to dye your hair appropriately, even if you have dandruff.

Let’s dive into the following segments where we shall try to resolve your hair-dandruff-dye problem.

Why is Dying Your Hair with Dandruff Problematic? 

Dyes contain chemicals that can decline hair conditions while leaving it brittle, dry, and weak. The colors the hair-dyes offer come with preservatives, posing threats to the health of hair and scalp.

Hair with dandruff indicates that you have a weak scalp. It also says that your hair needs proper nourishment.

Dry scalp is fertile for growing dandruff. Usually, dying your hair with dry scalp only declines your hair condition, unless you’ve taken any precaution.

The Relation between Dying Hair and Dandruff

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The Relation between Dying Hair and Dandruff

Having dandruff is a sign of a damaged scalp, and coloring your hair will only worsen its condition. Nourishing your hair and scalp is crucial before dying your hair.

According to the Head & Shoulders, dandruff prevails when a particular microbe (Malassezia globosa) multiplies across the scalp, and its battalion sips most of the scalp’s natural oil. Hence, the scalp becomes more vulnerable when you dye your hair.

The side effects of hair-dying with dandruff include hair loss, itchy scalp, and rash hair strands.

Chemicals in hair-dyes such as hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, sanitizers don’t sync nicely on the scalp with dandruff. You never know how the chemicals are going to react upon applying.

Dye Your Hair without Touching the Scalp

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Dye Your Hair without Touching the Scalp

If dying your hair is so necessary, apply the color without touching the scalp as mentioned below:

Step-1: Comb your hair evenly, so no small curls or brittle hairs remain.

Step-2: Set your hairs into smaller tiers; about 1 cm thick.

Step-3: Place a 5-6 inch size aluminum foil beneath the tier you’re about the dye. Use it as a protection to the skin and scalp from the hair dye. 

Step-4: Apply hair dye on each tier with a hair coloring brush. Begin coloring from the root, leave space until the scalp, and serve it down to the end.

Step-5: After dying each hair tier, wrap around the aluminum foil to cover it. Wrapping this way will set the color on your hair. 

Step-6: Let the dye set on your hair for 24 hours. Thus, the natural oil in your scalp will prevent the skin from catching the dye.

Tip-1: Move the coloring brush carefully, so you don’t smudge any part of the scalp.

Tip-2: Wear a pair of rubber gloves for applying dye on hair. 

Consider the Severity of Dandruff before Dying Your Hair

A human scalp may suffer from three stages of dandruff. And these three stages should dictate your hair dying resolution.

·        The First Stage is the Mild Dandruff

If your dandruff is at the initial stage where your hair’s still not getting dirty quicker, then it’s a mild dandruff condition. Mild dandruff is curable at home!

In this stage, dandruff isn’t severe to your hair. Natural home remedies can cure it within a week. Then it’s time for a nice and stylish hair dying! Hence, coloring hair at the first stage of the dandruff is no biggie. 

·        The Second Stage is Itchier and Dirtier 

On stage two, the itchiness will increase in your scalp, your hair will be dirtier, and shampooing will become more frequent. And yes, you can spot some white-flake areas around your shoulders too. Be careful about wearing a dark color, mainly black.

Home remedies may not stand up to this stage. Consulting a hair expert is recommended. The hair expert may suggest the best treatment for your dandruff based on your hair types. Get the treatment soon, and feel free to dye your hair.

Know your hair condition and ask your hair expert if it will be safe to use hair color.

Dying your hair at this stage may damage your scalp. The result may extend to lifelong hair fall and unhealthy hair.

·        Stage Three is Extreme

On stage three, you have extreme hair dandruff. Your dandruff is creating other problems like having pimples, excessive itchy scalp, cloaked pores, etc. If your dandruff has reached that stage, then you must consult a doctor.

You mustn’t dye your hair unless you’ve resolved the third-stage dandruff condition permanently.  

Conditioner is A Must If You’ve Dyed Your Hair 

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Conditioner is A Must If You’ve Dyed Your Hair

The conditioner nourishes your hair by bringing back the shine and health.

A good conditioner jams the dye you’ve applied on your hair and removes the stickiness in your hair due to dandruff. If you’ve dyed your hair and face any problem due to dandruff or itchiness, apply hair conditioner about 3-4 times a week.

Using conditioner after shampooing is healthful. You may see many people applying conditioner voraciously day after day, and sometimes without shampooing. That’s not a good idea!

Excessive conditioning or conditioning your hair without shampooing may turn your scalp irritated, stagnant, and extra-soft.

Nourish Your Hair to Avoid Dyed Hair Problem

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Nourish Your Hair to Avoid Dyed Hair Problem

You must nourish your hair after dying. Chemicals in dye have their impact on hairs, making it dull sometimes. So, some extra care is obligatory for your hair after dyeing.

You can give your hair a little protein treatment. One of the great natural sources of protein is the egg.

The egg-white minimizes the potential damage to your hair. Regular protein treatment keeps your hair smooth, shiny, and wavy.

The albumen in the egg or the egg-white, as we know it, is recommended as a hair protein since it’s rich in protein and vitamin.

Apply the egg-white on hair as below:

Step-1: Crack open a fresh egg or two to bring out the content.

Step-2: Spoon out the egg-white carefully, about half a cup.

Step-3: Coat your damp, clean hair with the egg-white evenly. 

Step-4: Leave the hair for 20-25 minutes.

Step-5: Rinse your hair with clear water to remove the egg content thoroughly.

Step-6: Apply shampoo and wash well. 

Be careful not to use the egg-white treatment on your hair too often. Once or twice a month can be enough for a healthy hair. Overdoing it could trigger an allergic reaction and make your hair greasy at some point.

Use Semi-Permanent Hair Dye to Avoid Problems

Semi-permanent hair dye means your hair will retain the color temporarily; up to 8-10 times of shampooing.

Most hair dye brands are now manufacturing semi-permanent dyes. People prefer semi-permanent hair dye over the permanent ones due to the need to dye their hair frequently for different purposes, or just out of personal choice.

Permanent hair dye damages hair more than semi-permanent ones, mostly due to not nourishing the post-dye hair. Also, it can cause various problems like excessive dry hair, itchy scalp, etc.

Semi-permanent hair dye causes less hair damage. It’s the improved version of permanent hair dye. If the semi-permanent dye positively affects your hair, try to apply it more often; at least double the amount than a permanent one!

Make a budget for the number of times you’re planning to apply semi-permanent dye on your hair if it seems expensive.

Can Herbal Dye Benefit Your Hair with Dandruff?

Honestly, it’s not yet certain if the herbal dyes can effectively dye your hair without having any adverse effect on dandruff. What you can expect is minimum side effects and that your dandruff condition wouldn’t worsen if it isn’t already in an extreme stage.

Women around the world opted for chemical dyes since those products colored their hair quickly. Later, they washed their colored hair with the same chemical shampoos, leaving their scalp dry and flaky over time and with repetitive uses.

Recently, women are taking an interest in herbal dyes to reverse their dandruff and other hair problems to an extent, especially with dyed hair. A survey of 2003 in Gujrat, India showed that some botanical plants are beneficial if applied as hair dyes.

When Not to Dye Hair, other than Dandruff?

If you’re planning to dye your hair, then dandruff should not be the only concern. You should consider other hair deteriorating facts before you dye your hair.

For instance:

  • Don’t dye the hair if you’ve applied henna on your hair.
  • Don’t dye the hair if you’re experiencing hair loss.
  • If you have brittle hair, avoid hair dye.
  • Don’t dye the hair if you’ve recently dyed your hair already.

Bottom Line

We dye our hair to beautify it. Practices that can harm our hair aren’t preferable.

If you’re facing a dandruff condition persistently, then pause for a moment, sit back, and think again before you jump to dye your hair.

Styling your hair is okay, be it dyeing, straightening, or curling. But if your styling interacts with your hair and scalp condition, you might end up with some damages beyond recovery.

Don’t rush your decision. Maintain your hair through both topical and internal nourishing. Mind your hair’s health since it’s the primary condition for a beautiful hair-day.

Healthy hair is a sign of beauty, whether you dye it or not!


A H M Ohidujjaman

He is the Founder and Chief Editor of WomenMinds. He does the final editing and the Facts Checking of each article before hitting the “Publish” button.

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