Can I dye my hair if I have dandruff? What dye should I use?

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  • If you have dandruff and your scalp is not irritated, you can color your hair perfectly.
  • What you will have to do is use an anti-dandruff shampoo for fifteen days before applying the dye. Also, do not wash your hair two or three days before dyeing and always choose ammonia-free dyes.
  • If, in addition to dandruff, your scalp shows signs of irritation or you feel itchy, you should not dye your hair. In that case, consult a dermatologist, who will give you specific treatment for seborrheic dermatitis.


Yes, dandruff can be very annoying and unpleasant. I know this first hand because many of my clients avoid wearing dark clothes to prevent them from noticing those little white fragments, which give away the presence of dandruff in their hair.

However, this is only the visible part of the problem. Dandruff can sometimes be making noticeable something else going on in the scalp.


 If you want to color your hair and you have dandruff, you should take a good look at your scalp.  Watch and listen to it, because, believe it or not, it may be telling you that something is not quite right by means of some actions.

The scalp is skin. Therefore, when it is injured or has some condition, it will show.

Do you want to dye your hair?


Let’s do a quick test.

  • Stand in front of a mirror and get closer. With the help of your fingers, open the locks of hair so that you can look at your scalp with greater quality.

Can you see any injuries? Do you notice any red areas?


 If the answers are “yes”, and on top of that, you feel burning or itching, you CANNOT DYE YOUR HAIR. 

You will most likely suffer from seborrheic dermatitis and, therefore, you should consult a dermatologist, who will indicate the most effective treatment.

If you apply the dye to your hair with dandruff and an irritated or reddened scalp, you could cause further damage.


If you have dandruff but no other symptoms, you can color your hair. However, take certain precautions.

Keep reading, because I’ll tell you:

  • 5 tricks to dye your hair with dandruff and achieve enviable results
  • How to care for your colored hair if you have dandruff

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5 tricks to dye your hair with dandruff and achieve enviable results

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Do you think you’re the only one suffering from dandruff?


You’d be amazed to learn that it’s a very common problem. Much more so than you might think.

And it’s so common because it can appear for various reasons. For example, a hormonal imbalance, a stress peak, or even if you’ve changed shampoos because they can affect the PH of your scalp causing the appearance of dandruff.


 The good news is that if you only have dandruff, and your scalp isn’t irritated or itchy, you can get that color you want so much.  However, it’s important to keep a few things in mind.

Do you want to know what they are??


1- A fortnight before coloring, start using anti-dandruff shampoo every time you wash your hair.

The best thing you can do before coloring your hair is to improve the health condition of your scalp.


That can be achieved with an antidandruff shampoo and, if possible, one of very good quality. After all, it’s the health of your scalp that’s at stake when you color your hair.


2- Stop washing your hair two or three days before coloring.

You must stop washing your hair two or three days before coloring your hair. On those days, your scalp will produce sebum, which will protect it from the possible aggressive effects of the dye.

However,  don’t make it more than two or three days because, otherwise, your hair will be too oily and won’t let the dye work properly. 


3- Use an ammonia-free dye.

ideal for damaged hair

That may seem obvious, but I think it’s important because  the fewer chemicals that come into contact with your scalp, the less likely it is that the dandruff problem increases or that your scalp flakes off. 


4- Apply vaseline to the areas near the scalp.

This is valid both for people with dandruff and those without it. The only thing you will have to do is to apply Vaseline to the forehead, ears, neck and other areas close to the scalp that may be accidentally exposed to the dye.

This will prevent the dye from irritating the most sensitive areas around the scalp.


5- Perform the strand test.

before bleaching

Before starting to dye your hair, perform a test on a small portion of your hair near the scalp.

If you notice any type of reaction, such as burning or itching, I advise you not to dye your hair and to ask a dermatologist about it.


How to care for colored hair if you have dandruff

with shampoo and conditioner

It is always advisable to wash your hair every two or three days. In your case, if you have hair with dandruff, this is elementary.

If you don’t wash your hair often, oils and dead skin cells will build up, even more, producing more dandruff.

What about the dye?


  • Don’t worry,  nowadays there are specific anti-dandruff shampoo brands for colored hair that won’t wash away the dye pigments  and will protect your scalp.

A secret for correct use of the anti-dandruff shampoo?


  • Apply it directly to your scalp instead of to the mid and long lengths of your strands. Its formula is designed to work on the scalp.
 Once you apply it to the scalp, rub it in and leave it on for five minutes, as the shampoo’s active ingredients must penetrate the scalp to prevent the formation of dandruff. 


  • It is also important that you apply a scalp scrub that will remove impurities from the scalp and keep it clean.

In this case, you can ask the hairdresser to recommend a specific brand for colored hair and dandruff.




If you have dandruff, you can dye your hair perfectly. If your scalp is itchy or red, you should not apply any dye. If this is your case, you should ask a dermatologist, who will advise you on the treatment to be followed.


Remember that you should use an anti-dandruff shampoo 15 days before dyeing. Do not wash your hair for two or three days before applying the dye and use a dye without ammonia.

If your scalp is irritated, ask a dermatologist, who is the specialist in treating this condition.

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