Is It Bad to Dye your Hair If You have Psoriasis?
Dr. Asmita Dhekne Chebbi
Btm 1st stage, Bengaluru Apr 24, 2019
Dyeing your hair can cause problems if you have scalp psoriasis. But taking a few steps before, during and after applying hair dye can prevent complications.
Psoriasis affects the scalp, rather than the hair and with a little preparation, a person can keep styling their hair as usual after developing psoriasis. However, the chemicals in some dyes can irritate the scalp.
Risks of Dyeing the Hair during a Flare-ups
Scalp become inflamed and extra sensitive when psoriasis flare-up but with a little preparation, you can style your hair as usual after developing psoriasis. In some cases, a rash can break out on top of psoriasis. Also, symptoms of a flare-up can cause the hair to clump together, which interferes with the dyeing process.
Tips for Protecting the Scalp
- Talk to the stylist: Almost all stylists are familiar with psoriasis but you can explain your condition if necessary. Tell them if you have any sensitivity to specific products and discuss the options.
- Test a spot first: check whether the product irritates a small area of the scalp or neck. Wait for an about 24 hours to have an effect.
- Use medicated treatments beforehand: Apply the medication which is prescribed by a doctor for the treatment before dyeing the hair.
- Use petroleum jelly to protect the skin: Apply petroleum jelly to the forehead, ears, neck, and other areas that may accidentally be exposed to dye.
- Bring products from home: It is good to take your own products which suits your skin.
- Request Gentle Treatment: Ask the stylist to avoid firm brushes, which can scrape the scalp, and minimize friction and heat.
Tips to Prevent Flare-ups
- Gently brush your hair to avoid skin irritation which can cause flare-ups.
- Don’t use rollers and curling irons as they can tug on the hair or burn the scalp.
- Opt for loose hairstyles as tight hairstyles can irritate the scalp and trigger psoriasis symptoms.
- Avoid dyes that contain PPD as it irritates the skin.