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Diseases reference index «Dry hair»

Hair - dry

Considerations

Dry hair is hair that does not have enough moisture and oil to maintain its normal sheen and texture.

Causes

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Excessive washing, or using harsh soaps or alcohols
  • Excessive blow-drying
  • Dry air (environmental dryness)
  • Menkes kinky hair syndrome
  • Malnutrition (for example, kwashiorkor disease)
  • Underactive parathyroid (hypoparathyroidism)
  • Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)

Home Care

  • Shampoo less frequently -- perhaps only once or twice a week
  • Add conditioners
  • Avoid blow drying and harsh styling products

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider if:

  • Your hair does not improve with gentle treatment
  • You have hair loss
  • You have any other unexplained symptoms

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

Your doctor will perform a physical examination and may ask the following questions:

  • Has your hair always been slightly dry?
  • When did the unusual hair dryness first start?
  • Is it always present, or is it off and on?
  • What are your eating habits?
  • What kind of shampoo is used?
  • How often do you wash your hair?
  • Do you use a conditioner? What type?
  • How do you normally style the hair?
  • Do you use a hair dryer? What type? How often?
  • What other symptoms are also present?

Diagnostic tests that may be performed include:

  • Examination of the hair under the microscope
  • Blood tests

Alternative Names

Hair - dry

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