10 Uncombable Hair Syndrome FAQs

By leslie
Reviewed: dr. vanta
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How Prevalent Is Uncombable Hair Syndrome?

Fewer than 100 cases have been described in scientific literature, but many more may be undiagnosed. The condition usually resolves in adolescence, so many adults may have had it as a child, but it was never reported.

In someone with uncombable hair syndrome, 50 to 100 percent of the hair strands have irregular shapes that cause light reflection differences. One parent may have a mutated gene without symptoms, but if both parents have the mutation, their child is likely to have the syndrome.1’Uncombable hair syndrome.’ MedlinePlus. https://medlineplus.gov/genetics/condition/uncombable-hair-syndrome

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