Hair - dry
Dry hair is hair that does not have enough moisture and oil to maintain its normal sheen and texture.
- 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)
- Shampoo less frequently -- perhaps only once or twice a week
- Add conditioners
- Avoid blow drying and harsh styling products
Call your health care provider if
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 health care provider's office
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
Habif TM. Hair diseases. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 24.
Reviewed by:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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