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Uncombable hair syndrome


Other Names for this Disease
  • Pili trianguli et Canaliculi
  • Cheveux incoiffables
  • Unmanageable hair syndrome
  • Spun glass hair
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Treatment

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How might uncombable hair syndrome be treated?

There is no definitive treatment for uncombable hair syndrome, but the condition usually improves or resolves on its own with the onset of puberty. Gentle hair care is generally recommended using conditioners and soft brushes, along with avoiding harsh hair treatments such as permanent waves (perms); chemical relaxants; or excessive brushing and blow drying. These strategies may improve the general manageability of the hair, although how well they work is subjective.[1]

Another strategy that has been suggested to improve the appearance of the hair is the use of biotin supplements. One case report suggested significant improvement in hair strength and combability, with an increase in rate of growth after 4 months of supplementation.[1]
Last updated: 2/18/2016

References
  1. Calderon P, Otberg N, Shapiro J. Uncombable hair syndrome. J Am Acad Dermatol. September, 2009; 61(3):512-515.


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Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • The Centers for Mendelian Genomics program is working to discover the causes of rare genetic disorders. For more information about applying to the research study, please visit their website.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Pili trianguli et Canaliculi
  • Cheveux incoiffables
  • Unmanageable hair syndrome
  • Spun glass hair
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.