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How do other illnesses affect dry hair?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Other illnesses can cause or worsen dry hair. For example, if you suffer from a vitamin deficiency which leads to scurvy, or a protein deficiency which leads to kwashiorkor disease, your hair will become noticeably drier. Thyroid problems, anorexia nervosa, and copper deficiency (known as Menkes kinky hair syndrome) can cause changes in the condition of your hair. If you notice these changes, you should consult a physician.

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