When is a haircut medically necessary?

Melissa Efron, Jason Reichenberg, Michelle Magid

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We present the case of a psychotic female, admitted to our inpatient psychiatric facility, who had not cut her hair for over 20 years based on her religious beliefs. In this report, we discuss her case, evaluate whether or not it was medically necessary to cut her hair, and review several widely accepted religious practices regarding the cutting of hair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)152-153
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2010


  • Hair
  • Hair disorders
  • Hair length
  • Psychological aspects
  • Religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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