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Dry hair

Hair - dry

Dry hair is hair that does not have enough moisture and oil to maintain its normal sheen and texture.

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Causes

Some causes of dry hair are:

Home Care

At home you should:

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider if:

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

Your doctor will perform a physical examination and may ask the following questions:

Diagnostic tests that may be performed include:

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References

American Academy of Dermatology website. Tips for healthy hair. www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/hair-scalp-care/hair/healthy-hair-tips. Accessed March 01, 2021.

Ball JW, Dains JE, Flynn JA, Solomon BS, Stewart RW. Skin, hair, and nails. In: Ball JW, Dains JE, Flynn JA, Solomon BS, Stewart RW, eds. Seidel's Guide to Physical Examination. 9th ed. St Louis, MO: Elsevier; 2019:chap 9.

Dinulos JGH. Hair diseases. In: Dinulos JGH, ed. Habif's Clinical Dermatology. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 24.

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