Does Head And Shoulders Cause Hair Loss?

Does Head And Shoulders Cause Hair Loss

Does Head And Shoulders Cause Hair Loss?

Does Head And Shoulders Cause Hair Loss
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.


Head and Shoulders is a popular dandruff shampoo that contains active ingredients such as pyrithione zinc or selenium sulfide which are designed to control the growth of the yeast-like fungus Malassezia on the scalp. This fungus is a common cause of dandruff.

There is no evidence that Head and Shoulders causes hair loss, and is generally considered safe for most people to use. However, in rare cases, it can cause scalp irritation or dryness, which can lead to hair loss. This can happen if the shampoo is used too frequently, if it is left on the hair for too long, or if it is not rinsed out thoroughly.

It’s important to use any hair care product as directed, and to avoid using them too often or leaving them on the hair for too long. If you experience hair loss or scalp irritation after using Head and Shoulders, it’s recommended to stop using the product and consult with a healthcare professional to determine the cause of the hair loss.

It’s also worth mentioning that, if you have a pre-existing condition such as eczema, psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis, you should consult with your healthcare professional before using head and shoulders or any other medicated shampoo.

Does head and shoulders help hair loss?

The manufacturer of Head and Shoulders does not make any claims that the product enhances hair growth.

Head and Shoulders is an effective shampoo for managing dandruff. Dandruff affects millions of people across the country, and interestingly, scientists still don’t know what causes dandruff.

Dandruff is thought to be a fungus. In general, it is harmless and is more of an embarrassment than anything else.

It can appear as white or yellow flakes in the hair and be quite unsightly to some folks. However, it’s not contagious.

Head and Shoulders shampoo is an effective treatment for dandruff, and if used as a shampoo daily, should keep dandruff at bay throughout the day.

Two of the main ingredients of Head and Shoulders are:

  • Pyrithione zinc is an antifungal and antimicrobial substance found in many health care products. However, the substance is one of the ingredients that control flaking skin from the scalp.
  • Selenium sulfide is another antifungal substance used to control dandruff and flaking skin. Selenium sulfide can be purchased individually or combined in more complex solutions like Head and Shoulders.

Both products are known in the cosmetic industry and are regularly used for controlling and masking cosmetic issues.

Does dandruff shampoo cause hair loss?

Before medicating shampoos to control dandruff, you would wash your hair with cold tart soap in the hope that it would reduce dandruff. It rarely helped.

The only thing you would get from coal tar soap was funky smelling hair and discolouration of the hair. Thank goodness for medicated shampoos! 

Hair loss is due to many factors and is not generally associated with dandruff shampoos. However, some dandruff shampoos seem to be quite substantial compared with non medicated shampoos.

It seems as if you could associate hair loss with dandruff shampoos as you vigorously massage the scalp while shampooing and then comb the shampoo through the hair to maximize coverage.

However, it appears as if you have more hair loss. The truth is it’s just the same hair loss as if using a regular unmedicated shampoo.

Hair loss becomes more noticeable after we wash our hair because we focus on the hair.

There is a loose connection between dandruff and hair thinning; it seems reasonable to think that if the scalp is suffering from a fungal attack, this could be attacking the hair follicles, causing the hair to thin and experience hair shedding.

Hair shedding is natural, and we always find hair strands in combs and brushes. It’s natural and nothing to be concerned about.

Controlling dandruff

Apart from being unsightly, dandruff has some stigma attached to it, making dealing with this shedding skin necessary.

Although dandruff is not connected with hair loss, it is essential to note that dandruff and psoriasis have similar symptoms, so do not assume your dandruff is not something more sinister that will contribute to hair loss.

Many of us grab the medicated shampoo like Head and Shoulder wash and rinse out immediately. In contrast, you would benefit from treating medicated shampoos like a conditioner and leaving it for a few minutes to work on the problem.

A diet rich in vitamin B and omega fatty acids will improve and, when combined with a medicated shampoo, should resolve the problem.

It is possible to explore natural oils as a remedy for dandruff. Tea tree oil is known to be effective and smells excellent simultaneously.

It is also thought that a few hours each day in the sun has beneficial effects on dandruff and other skin conditions.

Why is Head and Shoulders shampoo bad?

It is fair to say that there is a little controversy over if Head and Shoulders is a bad shampoo.

Some of you feel that the ingredients in Head and Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo are aggressive and strip the hair of not only contamination from daily life. But strip the oils.

Q.Does Head and Shoulders leave your hair dry and feel like the oils are removed? Is this necessary to get rid of dandruff?

A.It is necessary to keep your hair clean and your scalp clean.

Q Does Head and Shoulder wrap your hair in silicons so your hair can’t breathe? These are some of the accusations made against Head and Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo.

A.The truth is when we hear the term let your hair breathe; it means to give it a break from whatever regime you use. It may be frequent hair weaves. Give a pause, leave it to rest. Hair does not breathe.

There are hair enhancers to make your hair look and feel soft to the touch. No silicones are used on the Head and Shoulders.

Can I use anti dandruff shampoo after hair transplant

It’s generally safe to use an anti-dandruff shampoo after a hair transplant, as long as it is used as directed and does not cause irritation to the scalp.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that the scalp may be more sensitive than usual after a hair transplant, so it’s important to use a gentle shampoo that is free of harsh chemicals, such as sulfates, parabens, and alcohol.

Your surgeon may also recommend a special shampoo for you to use for the first few weeks post-surgery, that is specifically formulated for hair transplant patients, as it may contain ingredients that help to promote healing and prevent infection.

It’s recommended to avoid any hair care product that contains harsh chemicals, such as dyes, styling products, or hair sprays, for the first month post-surgery.

It’s always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before using any hair care product after a hair transplant, to ensure that it’s safe to use and won’t cause any irritation to the scalp.

Top 5 Reasons to go abroad for a Hair Transplant

1. Save at least 60% on the cost

A hair transplant in Europe is at least 60% cheaper than in the UK. And most packages are all inclusive, including your accommodation and airport transfers.

2. Europe has some of the most experienced surgeons in the world

Europe has more clinics, which have been established and running for much longer than clinics in the UK. The price is also lower, making it more accessible for people.

Surgeons in Europe will have carried out hundreds, if not thousands more procedures than UK based surgeons. Because of this some UK clinics will bring in surgeons from Europe to carry out your procedure.

3. Hair restoration clinics in Europe are state or the art

Many facilities in Europe are dedicated hair restoration clinics. They only perform that type of treatment. As such all equipment, facilities, techniques and staff are specialists in hair restoration. 

Hair restoration is only now becoming more popular in the UK, so many UK clinics are general cosmetic facilities that carry out various procedures.

4. Get even more value by making your transplant into a holiday

Europe is such a popular holiday destination for many reasons, the culture, history, sights, cuisine, shopping, great weather, your money goes further, it’s widely English speaking, and it’s just 2 or 3 hours away by plane. 

The list goes on! So why not travel a few days earlier, grab a low cost Airbnb or hotel, take a friend or partner and enjoy the city for a few days before your transplant.

5. Hassle free process

It’s so easy to get an assessment and price. Contact the clinic, arrange an initial consultation in the UK with your surgeon, or do an online consultation by sending a few pictures and answering some basic questions. 

Once you’re happy, pick a date and you’re done! The clinic will send you all the paperwork and itinerary so you know exactly what’s happening. You don’t pay until you go for treatment. 

You just hop on the plane. A transfer car will meet you as you get off the plane and take you to the clinic. It’s such an easy process. Easy!

Top 5 Hair Transplant Tips

1. Know your post-op timeline – The key dates!

  • You need to take the upmost care in the first 7 days
  • You can leave the house after 7 days, but I advise you take at least 2 weeks off work.
  • You won’t be able to wear a hat or exercise for up to 4 weeks after.
  • Around 2 – 4 weeks your new hair will fall out, you’ll look a little red and sore – similar to sunburn.
  • Around 4 months your new hair starts growing and looking good.
  • By 6 months you can’t tell you’ve had a transplant.
You can get a haircut after the first month, or you can keep it short yourself with clippers until it starts to grow back.

2. Pick the right time to schedule your treatment

Good clinics will be busy, so you may have to wait 2 months to get an appointment – this is a good thing. So knowing that and knowing your post-op timeline (above) means you can plan the perfect time around your social or work calendar. 

If you have important social events coming up, particularly if you know you’ll be photographed then you may plan your transplant 6 months in advance, or wait until your calendar is free.

3. Set your expectations

If your hair has receded at the front you’ll want the clinic to draw an expected hairline on your head or on pictures of you as soon as possible. They’ll then also talk about the number of grafts or hairs you’ll need and how thick the result will look. 

The sooner you can establish this, the sooner you’ll know exactly what to expect. A good clinic will also take into consideration a natural looking hair line for your age and your face and head shape. Have an honest conversation and be open to their expert feedback.

4. Knowing what the journey home looks like

There’s no way around it, you’ll have to go out in public to travel home. The worst part is sitting at the airport for 2 hours or so whilst you wait for your plane. 

I found it was best to embrace it. People are nice for the most part and won’t stare, and if one or two do who cares – you will never see those people again! You may even be at the airport with other transplant patients, I wasn’t the only one! 

Take a travel pillow and have someone pick you up if possible, so you can exit swiftly and get back home as soon as possible. It’s natural to be self-conscious, but it’s over fast and well worth it.

Tip! Just take carry-on luggage to keep your check-in and wait time down.

5. Choosing the right clinic

  • Pick somewhere you can travel to and from easily
  • Check their reviews online, not just on their site!
  • Do they have a good quality website and professional looking emails?
  • Can you see actual case studies of previous patients online?
  • Do they have an address? Can you see it on Google street view?
  • Can you meet your surgeon for a consultation beforehand?
  • Do you know someone who’s been there before – first hand opinion is amazing!
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

Do you want to keep your hair without surgery? I get it … surgery can be expensive and frightening. Although it’s the most effective solution when things go bad and it helped me, you still experience some discomfort and have to take some time off from work.

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