By Gary M. White, MD

Bubble hair is an acquired hair shaft abnormality characterized by multiple airfilled spaces within the hair shaft. It is a result of thermal injury.


The hair is brittle and short. The patient may complain that the hair comes out in clumps. Over time, localized alopecia may occur. The overall texture of the hair changing from soft and naturally curly to straight and stiff has been reported.


Avoiding overheating of hair prevents the condition from persisting.


A 22-year-old woman with dry hair with excessive fragility of two-week duration. There was history of using hot iron on wet hair to straighten the hair twice over the past one month. Int J Trichology. 2011 Jul-Dec; 3(2): 118–120


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