At Vinci Hair Clinic, we frequently encounter the many genetic conditions that cause hair loss. We’ve helped patients restore their hair after suffering from hereditary autoimmune disorders, male-pattern baldness, female-pattern baldness, alopecia areata, and more. Recently, however, we discovered a new genetic condition that can influence people’s hair that we had never heard of before: Uncombable Hair Syndrome (UHS) or “spun-glass hair.” A recent report published by Medical News Today[i] explained the causes and symptoms of this rare condition.
UHS is a genetic condition that creates abnormally shaped hair shafts (the part of the hair just above the scalp). These abnormal shapes result in frizzy, dry, disordered hair that doesn’t respond to combing––hence the name of the disorder. UHS is extremely rare and only 100 cases have been reported worldwide. Most of the time, UHS only persists through childhood and dissipates with the onset of puberty.
For a long time, UHS was a complete mystery to researchers. It was first discovered in the 1970s, but most parents don’t usually consider their children’s unruly hair reason enough to visit a doctor, which made it difficult to find research subjects. Recently, however, scientists tracked down 11 children living with UHS and had them participate in a study. Through genetic analysis, the researchers determined that UHS is linked to mutations in genes that regulate hair shaft formation. Now that scientists have determined a genetic component, UHS has joined the host of hair-related genetic disorders, including male- and female-pattern baldness.
At Vinci Hair Clinic, we believe that it’s important to understand the relationship between hair and genes. Hair is an important part of cultures around the world, and when people have abnormal hair––whether it’s uncombable or rapidly thinning––they often experience emotional hardship and stress. We want you to know that there are options available for recovering from your hair loss. At Vinci Hair Clinic, we offer state-of-the-art hair transplant surgeries and scalp micropigmentation procedures that can permanently restore your hairline. Contact us today to begin your hair restoration journey.