The following information outlines the descriptive term grooved hair. Professional advice should always be sought in cases of hair shaft defects as microscopic examination is required to confirm diagnosis enabling the correct advice and if appropriate treatment being administered.
Grooved hair presents as visible grooving along part of all of its length. The structure of the hair would in most cases be of sound strength with an adequate cuticle. You will notice the image below which gives an indication of the possible shapes which could be apparent depending on the number of grooves present
Normal hair may contain grooves, however, several hair shaft defects may also contain grooves which may weaken the structure of the hair shaft. Such conditions as trichothiodystrophy, Trichokinesis, wooly hair, uncombable hair and ectodermal dysplasias.
Grooved Hair Treatment – There is no specific treatment for grooved hair. Looking after the hair correctly and avoiding processing, harsh manipulation (harsh brushing, tight styling techniques) and avoiding unnecessary weight additions such as hair extensions.
Grooved hair does not present obvious symptoms to the patient. Diagnosis should be sought from a trichologist who would be able to observe the hair shaft under a microscope to enable correct diagnosis of this hair shaft formation.
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