Does your hair often feel itchy? Or does your scalp get all flaky at times? If yes, it’s time you get a little cautious about it. That white powdery or flaky substance that you see in your scalp is called dandruff. It isn’t contagious or an OH MY GOD issue, but it can actually make you stop wearing black clothes (like who wants that) and even make your hair all frizzy and unhealthy.


Apart from worrying about the white skin flakes showing on your clothes and the frizzy hair, another common concern is whether dandruff could lead to hair loss.

The simple answer is that dandruff doesn’t directly cause hair loss. However, it causes itching and when you scratch your head, you tend to harm your hair follicles, which could lead to some hair loss. Moreover, dandruff can also lead to increased hair loss in people who have alopecia, which is a condition that causes permanent hair loss from the scalp, causing baldness.


A lot of the times, dandruff cures by itself as it is not a very serious problem but if it gets too layered or itchy up there, it’s a sign to get medications for it. Dandruff is caused by a naturally occurring microbe, called malassezia globosa, which is present on our scalp. This microbe causes dandruff by producing irritants which trigger a response in those who suffer from dandruff issues, and this eventually leads to flaking.

Even though they are not the primary cause of dandruff, conditions like heat, pollution and sweat aggravate and lead to outburst of dandruff.

Dandruff itself doesn’t cause any specific damage to your hair. But you, scratching your hair way too hard and aggressively because of the itchiness, can cause injuries to the scalp and even inflammation. This can stop hair growth and even make your hair thinner. Brushing your hair harshly or twisting it can make the hair fall and breakage worse. Now, don’t worry, instead of getting embarrassed by brushing off the white flakes from your shoulder, it’s time you start taking care of your hair!

Here are some natural ways of treating dandruff so that you can flaunt your open hair, anytime, anywhere:

Tea Tree Oil:

Tea Tree Oil is said to be one of the greatest ways to treat dry scalp. It avoids inflammation and removes dandruff from the scalp. You can dilute it with castor or coconut oil and take a cotton ball to dap it on your scalp. Hair oil massages often help in the circulation of blood, so, add that to your hair care routine and get ready to say bye bye to dandruff!

Aloe Vera:

From skin to the scalp, Aloe Vera always weaves its magic. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties help in reducing dandruff and decreasing inflammation or itchiness in the scalp. Just right before taking a shower, mash the aloe vera gel and apply it to your scalp for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse it off. It will not only add shine to your hair, but you’ll also see a reduction in dandruff if you use it quite often.


Applying a curd mask twice every week as a hair mask does wonders. Yes, that’s true! Take two spoons of curd in a bowl and mix it with mashed fenugreek seeds. Add some coconut oil to it and apply it to your head. Make sure it reaches the roots of your hair. This will give your hair a very voluminous and bouncy look and will keep away dandruff and itchiness. Rinse it off with shampoo and conditioner from our Pantene Advanced Hairfall Solution range to get better results!

Keep your scalp clean:

No matter how many things you apply, if your scalp isn’t clean, there is a high chance that dandruff will just increase day by day. It is very important to have the right haircare routine with the right shampoo and conditioner. An anti-dandruff shampoo with pyrithione zinc (ZPT) can remove and prevent the formation of scalp irritants, giving you a healthy scalp. Post this, wash your hair with an anti-dandruff conditioner, so that you can wash off all the ZPT properly. The idea is to let your shampoo and conditioner work hand in hand so that you get a healthy scalp with less hassles and more nourishment.

Eat Right!

One of the other reasons why dandruff is caused is our lifestyle which is sedentary and stressful. The chaotic work pressure can get to your head and even affect your scalp at times. Plus, eating a lot of oily food or fast food can also stop the right nutrients to reach your hair roots. It is very important to follow the right daily routine along with your hair care routine. Make sure you are handling your stress and food habits to get those glamorous locks because when you’re healthy, your hair is healthy. And for the dandruff bit, if those white flakes are bothering you, you know how to treat them with the best possible solutions we just suggested!

Setting your hair free with dandruff can be scary (we know girl!) and that too when black is our go-to color but by taking care of all the above points, you can rock the black and the new hairstyle!

Hair care problems are varied for different people, so your hair care products should also be so. Take a look at our diverse range of Pantene Shampoos and Pantene Conditioners and pick your choice!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does hair fall due to dandruff grow back?

2. How can I reduce dandruff naturally?

3. Which shampoo is best for hair loss and dandruff?

4. How often should you wash your hair when you have dandruff?

5. Should I shampoo if I have dandruff?