Dry hair is hair that does not have enough moisture and oil to maintain its normal sheen and texture.
Hair - dry
Some causes of dry hair are:
- Anorexia nervosa
- Excessive hair washing, or using harsh soaps or alcohols
- Excessive blow-drying
- Dry air
- Menkes kinky hair syndrome
- Underactive parathyroid (hypoparathyroidism)
- Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
At home you should:
- 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 do you use?
- How often do you wash your hair?
- Do you use a conditioner? What type?
- How do you normally style your 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 a microscope
- Blood tests
Habif TM. Hair diseases. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2009:chap 24.