Wooly Hair Syndrome

Wooly Hair Syndrome

Wooly Hair Syndrome

By Dr Rekha Yadav, Trichology

Wooly hair syndrome is characterized by unusually curly and frizzy hair that merge together. If you have this syndrome, your hair will be lighter than the normal colour. The hair is also very coarse or dry, making them prone to breakage.

Usually, wooly hair syndrome is confused with naturally curly hair. But in curly hair, the curls do not form clumps on the scalp, like they do in the case of wooly hair syndrome. Also, wooly hair either manifests all over the scalp, or remain controlled in one or more areas.

Wooly hair syndrome is temporary. It heals with age; a child afflicted by it would be healed by the time he/she enters adulthood.


The symptoms of woolly hair include:

  1. Coiled hair which are densely weaved together
  2. Dry hair prone to breakage
  3. Irregular pigmentation

Irregular pigmentation is also noticed in some children affected by this congenital abnormality. The symptoms of this condition is clearly visible right from the time of birth and in some exceptional cases, it start to develop from the infancy stage.


Woolly hair mostly appears during infancy due to the genetic components in the body. Basically, woolly hair is the result of either a recessive or dominant genetic trait. It is a genetic disorder, and there is still research going on to understand it better.


In most scenarios, the syndrome gradually lessens with age. Even though this condition has no other potentially harmful effects on your health, it does affect your appearance, and this may force you to treat the unruly hair with harsh chemicals. Doctors strongly advise against this. Instead, you can use oils and lotions which are hair-friendly to manage your hair. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor and ask a free question.