Trichorrhexis nodosa is a defect in the hair shaft characterized by thickening or weak points (nodes) that cause the hair to break off with ease. This condition contributes to the appearance of hair loss, lack of growth, and damaged-looking hair.
Genes can be a factor. External factors such as blow-drying, over-brushing, perming, or excessive chemical use, can also trigger the condition. Trichorrhexis nodosa can also be a sign of other syndromes and disorders such as hypothyroidism.
What to look for?
Hair that just stops growing or noticing patchy spots of hair loss. In African Americans, looking at the scalp area using a microscope will show that the hair breaks off at the scalp area preventing it to grow long. In Caucasians, the problem often appears at the end of the hair in the form of split ends, thinning, and hair tips that look white.
- Avoid harsh chemicals in your haircare (shampoos and permanent dyes), and always use a conditioner.
- Do not use any hot tool including hair blowers to dry hair for long stretches of time.
- Aggressive styling habits must be switched to gentler methods. No pulling styles. Replace brushes with combs.
- Routine blood work will detect hormonal imbalances and irregular thyroid levels.
Come into Robert James Clinic for a consultation on your specific, treatable hair condition. Techniques for fast-growing, beautiful, thicker hair starts with understanding what’s right for you.
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