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Uncombable Hair Syndrome

Uncombable Hair Syndrome Definition

Uncombable Hair Syndrome, also referred to as spun-glass hair, was discovered by French researchers in the early 1970s and was termed “cheveux incoiffables.” Uncombable hair syndrome is characterized by scalp hair that has an irregular structure and that is arranged in jumbled bundles, making it impossible to comb. UHS however, is not a common phenomenon. Between 1973 and 1998, there have only been 60 reported cases of the disorder.

Uncombable Hair Syndrome Symptoms and Signs

The disorder usually starts in early in childhood. At first, the hair looks thin and glassy, then it becomes drier, curlier, and lighter in color. It eventually becomes increasingly uncombable. The condition only affects scalp hair. Under magnification, the disease had two defining features namely triangular or almost kidney bean cross section and the other is longitudal groove or canal that runs along the length of the hair. Another possible side effect of UHS is partial baldness since the hair is not always anchored in the hair follicle properly. UHS, unlike other hair combability conditions, is not associated with any physical, neurologic, or mental abnormalities.

Uncombable Hair Syndrome Treatment

There is a report that daily doses of biotin can make the hair more pliable and easier to comb but there really is no certified treatment for UHS. The said treatment did not restore the proper shape of the hair. Studies however also say that it' not uncommon for the condition to reverse itself automatically as the person ages.

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