6 People With Uncombable Hair Syndrome

Uncombable hair syndrome or Pili Trianguli Et Canaliculi, 639 Spun-glass hair, and Cheveux incoiffables, :765 is a rare structural anomaly of the hair with a variable degree of effect. It was first reported in the early 20th century. It becomes apparent from as little as 3 months to up to 12 years of age.

1. Leila Paloste


Finland's Leila Paloste recently found an explanation for having a "bad hair day" for most of her life—uncombable hair syndrome. There is no other known person in her country with the same condition, so, she's taken to the Internet to find other people and create a support group.


2. Shilah Yin


7-year-old Shilah Yin is one of only around 100 people in the world with a condition known as “uncombable hair syndrome”. Instead of downwards, her hair grows out from the scalp in multiple directions, and can’t be combed flat.

Shilah, from Melbourne, Australia, was born with normal hair, but her parents noticed a strawberry blond fuzz growing on her scalp when she was 3 months old. From then on, her hair started growing straight out and became even blonder. The girl noticed her unusual hair when she was about 4, after it started getting a lot of attention from other children and adults. It made her feel uneasy at first, but after her parents told her it was special, she embraced her unique look.

“Shilah loves her unique hair, but that has come from constant positive reinforcement at home from friends and family,” her mother, Celeste Calvert-Yin, told TODAY. “As a little, little girl she often told us she was like a unicorn as they are very special and unique just like her. It brought a tear to our eye.”

The unruly hair is very tough to manage. Her mother sprays it with a detangling solution every morning, and spends 10-20 minutes combing it very gently with a wide-tooth comb. Her father then blow-dries to make it nice and fluffy, just the way Shilah likes it.

The Australian family didn’t know about uncombable hair syndrome until last year, but now want to educate others about the condition, and the best way to do that has been through Instagram, where they often post photos of Shilah’s rebel mane. They also tell people about it whenever they ask bout the girl’s unusual-looking hairdo. Many of them think they are joking when they here about the condition, “but we say, ‘Just Google it and you will see,'” Calvert-Yin said.

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3. Jaili Lamb


The toddler with Albert Einstein hair! Mother spends two years and hundreds of dollars trying to tame her daughter's frizzy hair - only to find she has same gene disorder as physicist. A mother spent two years trying to tame her daughter's frizz before discovering the little girl has a rare genetic mutation that causes erratic hair. Two-and-a-half-year-old Jaili Lamb's hair is bright white, tangled and constantly stands on end due to 'uncombable hair syndrome' - a condition that is rumored to have also affected Albert Einstein.

Sara Lamb, 29, from Pike County, Arkansas, spent hundreds of dollars on around 20 hair products trying to flatten her daughter's frizz before they got the diagnosis.

Ms Lamb said: 'She looks like a dandelion.

'She has a quirky personality and her hair is an extension of that.'


4. Meet Lyla-Grace Barlow, 5, who has uncombable hair syndrome


THIS adorable girl has the same gravity-defying hair as Albert Einstein thanks to a rare genetic condition – which means her locks are impossible to brush. AN ADORABLE five-year-old girl has the same gravity-defying hair as Albert Einstein thanks to a rare genetic condition – which means her locks are impossible to brush.

Little Lyla-Grace Barlow’s static white mane is a result of Uncombable Hair Syndrome, which is known to affect just 100 people worldwide. The condition is caused by a mutated gene which creates abnormal heart-shaped hair follicles instead of round ones. It means little Lyla’s fluffy locks stand constantly on end and refuse to be tamed – earning her the nickname ‘the Candyfloss child’.


5. Phoebe Braswell


Mother of two-year-old with very rare 'Uncombable Hair Syndrome' which causes her blond locks to stick straight up says people accuse her of NEGLECT because the girl's locks look so unruly. A North Carolina toddler has permanent bedhead thanks to a rare condition which leaves her frizzy white locks impossible to flatten.

Phoebe Braswell, who is 21 months old, is one of only around 100 children worldwide with a documented case of Uncombable Hair Syndrome (UHS), a real disorder of the hair shaft of the scalp.

According to the National Institute of Health, sufferers of UHS usually have disorderly silvery-blond or straw-colored hair which grows standing up and cannot be brushed flat.


6. Boris Johnson


While can't confirm that politician Boris Johnson suffers from uncombable hair syndrome, it looks like a plausible explanation for his unkempt locks. The ex London mayor's blond tresses have been much discussed in the press and even have their own Twitter account.

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