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Woolly Hair Syndrome

There are several hair shaft defects that appear to show similar symptoms and have been given different names and has been confused by many authors. The fact remains that hair may be affected in this way and in my opinion is best described as Woolly Hair Syndrome. If you are concerned about any form of hair shaft defect, hair loss, or scalp disease professional advice should be sought. If you would like to speak with a trichologist in person please contact the help line of your choice (top left of page). You can book a consultation using this method aswell.

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Wooly hair syndrome presence as tightly coiled hair shafts which are intertwined, making combing virtually impossible. The curl tends to lesson later in life. Wooly hair tends to be present from birth or early infancy giving the appearance of afroid type hair. This condition affects caucasoid and mongaloid types, not afroid.

The hair shafts tend to be excessively dry, brittle and easily broken. The pigmentation tends to be uneven. The presence of colour change along the shaft is common due to twisting. In some cases the hair shaft diameter may be reduced in size. In some cases the hair shaft will not grow more than 2-3cms in length. There are no specific links with ethnic backgrounds or specific hair colours although as stated this does not affect afroid hair types. Wooly Hair Syndrome may affect part or all the scalp region.

Wooly Hair Syndrome may well be due to:

1. Autosomal dominance (one parent holds the problem dominant gene) or recessive dominance, (both parents hold the problem gene). Wooly hair has been noted in six generations of a family in Rhineland presenting a strong argument for autosomal dominance.

2. Likewise the presence of wooly hair has been noted in those of whom the parents are not affected offering another argument that autosomal recessive inheritance or a germ line mutation is another factor.

Woolly Hair Neavus - circumscribed defect from birth, which is believed not to be genetically determined. "Among cases reported as 'woolly hair neavus are some for which Norwood has proposed the term 'whisker hair' however these are identical with the cases reported by Knierer as 'symmetrical circumscribed allotrichia" (ref. Dr. Sajjad Ahir M.D.)

Please note that there are several different types of hair shaft defects. Diagnosing such a condition requires the use of a microscope in most cases by a qualified trichologist.

I hope that you have found this page interesting and that you will consider us in the future if you are seeking professional advice or treatment for any hair loss, hair shaft defect or scalp condition.

E Stevens



The Holborn Hair & Scalp Clinic
Specialists in hair loss and scalp conditions

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